It’s been said that the December Solstice is the start of winter, but it’s really the middle. Winter is half over….by Imbolc, Candlemas, in February, the first green shoots of spring can be seen. No matter how you feel about Xmas, the sun has still embarked on its summer pathways now, and the daylight will increase.
This was crucial in Northern lands, where communities had to live on stored food for months. The days of feasting celebrated the coming end of winter, not its beginning!