I was listening last night to the December 17, 2011 show on 'A View From Space' on am640 Toronto talk radio. And Spaceman was talking about the Witch's sabbatical of Yule and that Christmas celebrations is actually is the celebration ritual day of Yule and the coming Winter Solstice.
He talks and explains everything traditional with Christmas and how it is tied to the Yule celebration and pagan traditions...
the Christmas Tree, mistletoe, yule log,
candles, caroling, presents under the tree,
Santa Claus, flying reindeer, mushrooms (red cap, white dots)...
He explains that its also tied to the festival 'Saturnalia' of back in B.C. days...and they had gift giving, caroling, celebrations, trees, etc...
He explains who exactly St.Nick is and how he is tied in with Santa Claus.
Last night it was intense for me to be honest. Just the whole thing and how no one questions any of the traditions and customs and how we just carry on the ritual. We lie to our children about Santa Claus flying around with 8 reindeer promising gifts and nothing about the true meaning - which is a lie anyway too.
It was a very interesting first half of the show:
If you want to listen to the rest of the show, go to 'thecosmichippo' channel for the rest.