Winter Solstice the longest night and shortest day of the year is also called Yule. Yule may mean ‘Yoke of the Year’, derived from the Anglo-Saxon Geola, though some suggest a derivation from the Norse Jul, meaning ‘wheel’. Yule promises the gradual return of the sun after prolonged darkness.
Many Winter Solstice and Yule customs are identified with Christmas today. If you decorate your home with a Yule tree, holly, candles, or mistletoe you are following some of these old traditions. Yule is a period of enlightenment and renewal of spirit. It’s a time for introspection, and planning for the future.
The Feast of Fools, a name given popular medieval festivals regularly celebrated by the clergy and laity from the fifth century until the sixteenth century in several countries of Europe, principally France, but also Spain, Germany, Poland, England, and Scotland. The central idea, in the majority view, makes the medieval festival a successor to the Roman Saturnalia.
Dan Fogelberg wrote these 3 wonderful instrumentals which appeared on The First Christmas Morning Recorded March 1998 to April 1999 at Mountain Bird Studios Colorado. Dan plays the guitars, mandolin, piano, keyboards, autoharp, and percussion and created all the orchestral arrangements performed by others.
♫ Yule Dance♫
“Another of my ‘Medieval’ guitar compositions. I see lords and ladies in their festive Renaissance finery, dancing in the brightly candle-lit great hall of some Florentine villa while the wine and laughter flows freely.”
♫ Feast Of Fools ♫
“This is one of several guitar pieces I wrote in the Renaissance style.”
“This piece was inspired by all the wonderful nights I’ve spent by the fire watching the snow pile up, drifting so beautifully outside the windows and turning the mountains into a fairyland while the music of Greig, Tchaikovsky and Mozart casts it’s magnificent spell over me.”
♫Yule Dance – Feast Of Fools – Snowfall♫