Can You Wish a Witch a Merry Christmas – Revisited

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Each year I pull up and dust off a blog post I wrote a few years ago entitled “Can You Wish a Witch a Merry Christmas?”

In this past week I have gone to 2 carol concerts, and I have a third to go to next week. I will be meeting friends for a Christmas luncheon later today. In the coming week my children and I will be putting up our Pagan Solstice tree. We will be having our family celebratory meal on the Solstice, but come the morning of the 25th my sons and I will be waking to stockings from Father Christmas and a round of gift-giving, followed by Christmas dinner with their aunt and uncle and cousins and even more gift giving.

The answer then, and now is a most resounding “Yes!” Or, you can say Happy Holidays, or Joyous Yule. Whatever words you use to express your joy, however you may celebrate, it’s all okay.

Christmas is one of many celebrations around the Winter Solstice, celebrated by people from cultures across the world. So much so that many practices and beliefs have merged and crossed to create a secular celebration which is observed by many, whether they follow a religious practice or not.

Since Mabon at the Autumnal Equinox the days have been growing shorter, the nights longer. The Winter Solstice is a time when we welcome back the Sun. On this day it seems to stand still in the sky, neither moving further away nor growing closer, but from this day until the Summer Solstice the days will begin to gradually lengthen once again. Light triumphs over darkness and the world is reborn.

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, Jews celebrate Hanukkah, Hindus celebrate Pancha Ganapati, Persians celebrate Sadeh and Chahar Shanbeh Suri. to name but a few amongst many world holy days. What these all have in common is the celebration of the triumph of light (the sun/Son) over darkness.

That sounds like a good reason to celebrate to me.

Feel free to tell me Happy Christmas, and I will wish you a Merry Christmas or a Joyous Yule in return.

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7 thoughts on “Can You Wish a Witch a Merry Christmas – Revisited

  1. there are 2 different types of Christmas. one is about the birth of Christ that is celebrated by Christians. The is a second on that is all about Santa Clause and celebrating the season of love. You do not have to be Christian to celebrate the 2nd Christmas. Many Atheist do not believe in Christ but their families get visited by Santa Clause. Many families are not religious but they do celebrate the 2nd Christmas because it is all about family. My granddaughter get the best of both worlds as she celebrates Yule with me and Nana, then we celebrate Christmas with her and her mom. Aubrie is not religious but she grew up in a Christian household. we decided to celebrate the season of love.

    • This title called me to your blog. I find myself frequently defending my celebration of Christmas. Christians are very possesive over it. I agree with you and Corianderbats. The winter season is full of symbolic and spiritual callbacks to our families and our cultures, both of which give strength and depth to our magic and faith. Good post. I look forward to future posts from you.

  2. Totally agree with your perspective on this and also for us, an important aspect is the sincerity behind the words. So we really mean it when we say…Wishing you all the blessings of the Midwinter Season!

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