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Winter Solstice: a pivotal time of year. The shortest day and the longest night come together. We celebrate the holidays on this day (or close to it) with a Fondue and Yule Log Burning celebration. We do this party to celebrate our family of friends. We are so grateful for them! We begin with a multi course fondue: cheese, oil (meat for carnivores and veggies for vegetarians) and chocolate. People bring side dishes as well. There is much joy and merriment as we blast corny Christmas music. Our decorations seem “traditional Christmas” at first glance, but if you look closely you will see that we celebrate its pagan roots. Amanita muscaria mushrooms are a holiday decoration motif all over the house. The evening ends with the cathartic burning of the yule log. This is the log from last year’s tree. We pass it around for everyone to infuse last years worries and woes and release them to start fresh in the New Year. I love this celebration as it reminds me of what is important in my life: love, good friends, and a ritual of release and letting go.