Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and good health at this festive season, however you celebrate mid-winter.
This is generally a time of holly and ivy, carols and candles, as it has been for many centuries, whether during the old winter Yule or in more modern times.
This is the first verse and chorus of an old carol written by Sir Walter Scott from the late 18th century. You can just see the Scott Monument in Edinburgh on the right of the above photo!
On Christmas Eve the bells were rung,
On Christmas Eve the mass was sung;
The damsel donned her kirtle sheen,
The hall was dressed with holly green;
Forth to the wood did merry-men go,
To gather in the mistletoe:
Then drink to the holly berry,
With hey down, hey down derry!
The mistletoe we’ll pledge also,
And at Christmas all be merry,
At Christmas all be merry.
As we approach the end of another unusual year, may you look forward to the light returning.