Yule, or the Winter Solstice, is when we celebrate the return of the waxing sun. Light and life are returning and the God's rebirth is close. This is a turning point and the the tides of the year begin to flow in the opposite direction. Yule is the time of the longest night, but with the knowledge of returning light.
We encourage the sun to rise and grow in power and we remember the plentiful seasons. We draw in these seasons and encourage them by feasting on rich foods and drinks. The evergreen fir tree represents everlasting life amongst death and everlasting bonds and friendships. It also represents youth and freshness and the promise of Spring.
Holly and mistletoe bear berries at the same time, representing fertility. White mistletoe berries, the seed of the God. Red holly berries the womb of the Goddess, and the sacrifice of the God.
Yule is a time of hopeful waiting and preparation. The birth of the new God, the young Hero, brings promise and happiness. Now is the time for making wishes for the coming year and the settling of resolutions. From the darkess comes the light.
Jack Frost & The Hooded Crow