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The Catholic Defender: Christmas yuletide


“a period of time that includes and follows an anniversary, festival, etc.,” yuletide is another way of saying “the period of time that follows yule.” So, you can call “Christmas” yule and “Christmastime” yuletide, but you wouldn't call “Christmas Day” itself yuletide.


is a winter festival historically observed by the Germanic peoples that was incorporated into Christmas during the Christianisation of the Germanic peoples.


Yuletide is the period of several days around and including Christmas Day.


Yule is a pagan celebration of the winter solstice, which marks the longest night of the year and therefore the return of the sun.


Yule comes from the old Norse jól and Old English géohol which was a season of hunting after the harvest was done.


The symbols of Yule are evergreens, the Yule Log, a Yule tree, mistletoe, holly, wreaths, and bells.


as Christianity became the dominant religion in Rome and overtook the previous pagan traditions.


Yule is a noun meaning “Christmas, or the Christmas season,” which is the Christian holiday to celebrate the birth of Jesus.


December and January. By the 900s , yule was already mapped on the Christian celebration of Christmas and its surrounding festivities.


Some of the major festivals and celebrations of Jews are Days of Awe, Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), Festival of Thanksgiving (Sukkot), Festival of Lights (Hanukah), Merry Making Festival (Purim), Festival of Freedom (Pessah or Passover) and Festival of Weeks (Shabuot).


the Festival Of Lights, celebrates the victory of the Maccabean warriors over the Greek oppressors and the renewal of the Divine service in the Holy Temple after three years of Greek dominion over Jerusalem and the Holy Temple, and, of course, the miracle of the single cruse of pure olive oil which kept the Temple menorah kindled for eight straight days!


  1. the Jewish New Year festival, held on the first (also sometimes the second) day of Tishri (in September). It is marked by the blowing of the shofar, and begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah, meaning "head of the year" in Hebrew, is the celebration of the Jewish New Year.

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