It's that time of the year...the shortest day is Dec 21, 2018 ('the season is the reason').
Here are some lovely older works (some almost a decade old on dArt!) from my olde collection: "Yule Koliada
Here's an explanation:
And what it may have looked like thousands of years ago at Stonehenge, in England:
Many different traditions exist to celebrate Yule (a Scandinavian word) depending on the country you are in,
but most folks, "Deck the halls with boughs of holly...Don we now our gay apparel...As we sing the Yuletide carol...."
Also Yule logs, and/or buche de noel cakes:
"Faerie spirit of the darkest side of Winter, from Samhain until Midwinter, when the nights will gradually start to draw out again. Nature has withdrawn into herself, holding the memory and experience of the past year and the promise of regenerating the spark of life in Spring...
All seems dark and cold, but there is still beauty in the forms of nature, though seemingly past their best. The fallen Autumn leaves and mushrooms point to the abundant time of life past, the apple cut cross ways shows the pips forming a five pointed star shape, a symbol of life and balance.
This time is often represented by the crone, an ancient lady full of wisdom and experience, associated with the direction of North and the element of earth. Her eyes are dark as she has turned away from interacting fully with the world at this time, but they are filled with stars as she holds the universe in contemplation."
.....the description for: