We've found it the perfect time of year for friends to get together (10-15 of us) to celebrate life. Starts late afternoon with games for the kids and chat for the adults, progresses to a mini-feast for all and continues with the ritual bonfire with drumming & chanting, song and dance, wassail bowl and spiced cider, and praising which ever Deity each of us holds dear. (And we are an eclectic bunch :2thumb Yeah ... we consider it "special" even though we meet several times a year, this one is always the best.
Darn! I missed this thread! I hope that everyone had a Merry Yule! I was alone this year as everyone was either working or away! But I had a small feast for myself and plenty of good cheer anyhow!
I too got skunked out of the total eclipse- we had mostly clear skies till about 1:15, then around 1:45 the cloud cover thickened but it turned the most unusual orangey red color! I finished the night by doing the usual cleansing rituals and safeguards around the doors and windows and then finally just slept the longest night thru!
And to everyone! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!