|The sun in July 2013|
This morning at 11.44 local time the sun 'turned' as they say around here. It was at its furthest from where I live and now it will return slowly to the Northern Hemisphere.
Even though nowadays there is light everywhere, it must have been very special to our ancestors to have the sun turn around and come back. Special enough to celebrate it. In time and with Christianity coming into the lives of kings/queens, the midwinter festivals would coincide with the celebration of the birth of Christ. And eventually Christmas was known more for the latter than for the former.
Of course nowadays Christmas is known more for gifts, presents, too much food and drink and soppy Christmas films. Although here in Norway, the turning of the sun is still very special and was remarked upon several times today at work!
If you want to know more about the Yuletide and indeed the Norwegian word jul, there is a great Wikipedia page with lots of information. Click here.