Yule or Yuletide (“Yule time”) is a Pagan religious festival observed by the historical North Germanic peoples, later being absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas. The earliest references to Yule are by way of indigenous Germanic month names meaning Before Yule or After Yule. Scholars have connected the celebration to the Wild Hunt, the god Odin, and the pagan Anglo-Saxon Modranicht. Terms with an etymological equivalent to Yule are used in the Nordic countries for Christmas with its religious rites, but also for the holidays of this season. Yule is also used to a lesser extent in English-speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from Yule. A number of Neopagans have introduced their own rites.
- This ritual takes place at 1st UU in Shadyside – This location change is due to Renovations at Sunnyhill. http://www.first-unitarian-pgh.org/
- First UU is located at 605 Morewood Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.
- Enter through the handicap accessible entrance on the Morewood side of the building, due to construction.
- This ritual starts promptly at 7 p.m.
Spiritways Leadership: Dianna, Juniper, Julie, and Autumn
Due to the powerful quality of rituals, children 12 and older only please, unless otherwise noted. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.