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Yule celebrations at the winter solstice predate Christianity. There are many references to Yule in the Icelandic sagas but few accounts of how Yule was celebrated beyond the fact it was a time for feasting. The ritual of slaughtering a boar on Yule survives in the modern tradition of the Christmas ham. According to the medieval English writer the Venerable Bede, Christian missionaries sent to proselytize among the Germanic peoples of northern Europe were instructed to superimpose Christian themes upon existing local pagan holidays, to ease the conversion of the people to Christianity by allowing them to retain their traditional celebrations. Thus, Christmas was created by associating stories of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the central figure of Christianity, with the existing pagan Yule celebrations, similar to the formation of Halloween and All Saint's Day via Christianization of existing pagan traditions. The Germanic peoples celebrated Yule from late December to early January on a date determined by the lunar Germanic calendar. When the Julian calendar was adopted in northern Europe, Yule was placed on December 25 to correspond with the date of Christmas, but was originally on December 21. Modern Yule traditions include decorating a fir or spruce tree, burning a Yule log, hanging mistletoe and holly branches, giving gifts, and general celebration and merriment. Above all, it should be remembered that the rebirth of the sun was the central theme and that the renewal of time was celebrated with joy and forgiveness.
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1.Amazing Grace Bagpipes - Braveheart Theme
840 KB · WAV
3.Ave Maria - Celtic Christmas
686 KB · WAV
5.Ave Maria - Pan Flute
356 KB · WAV
7.Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) - Celtic Christmas
910 KB · WAV
9.Celtic Christmas - Enya
598 KB · WAV
11.Christmas In Killarney - Irish Rovers
687 KB · WAV
13.Christmas Pipes
605 KB · WAV
15.Coventry Carol - Celtic Christmas
376 KB · WAV
17.Coventry Carol - Choir of King's
333 KB · WAV
19.Coventry Carol - Christmas Pan Pipes
1.29 MB · WAV
21.Crying for the World - Celtic Christmas
674 KB · WAV
23.Deck The Halls (Celtic Christmas) - Instrumental Harp
636 KB · WAV
25.Greensleeves - Augustana Choir
488 KB · WAV
27.Joy To The World - Vienna Boys Choir
248 KB · WAV
29.Leise Rieselt Der Schnee - European Christmas
396 KB · WAV
31.Little Drummer Boy - The Tokens
519 KB · WAV
33.O Come All Ye Faithful - European Christmas
550 KB · WAV
35.Revenge of Sugar Plum Fairy - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
690 KB · WAV
37.Silent Night - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
674 KB · WAV
39.So This Is Christmas - John Lennon
525 KB · WAV
41.The First Noel - Christmas Pan Pipes
1.2 MB · WAV
43.The Holly And The Ivy - Mormon Tabernacle Choir
368 KB · WAV
45.The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simone Chorale
783 KB · WAV
47.Von Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her - European Christmas
698 KB · WAV
49.What Child Is This - Celtic Christmas
734 KB · WAV
51.What Child is This - Christmas Pan Pipes
1.16 MB · WAV
53.Zion's Daughter - Boney M
883 KB · WAV
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