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The shortest daylength, and it’s quite short enough for me. A good day to go back to pagan-type roots, and get in the warm log fires, and the holly and the ivy, and the candles, and I don’t know what they did, but I want some (except for human sacrifice, obviously). I’m sure there must be some booze in it too.

Food: yule log cakes
Decoration: anything green and living; or pretty, like berries and pine cones.
Also: Artificial light, but the prettier the better, so probably candles.
Music: The holly and the ivy, in any variation, which is more holly and ivy than Christmas day, even if it is Christian: Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly. O Tannenbaum. We usually bring the tree in nearer the 21st, but leave off decorating it until nearer the 24th.

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