In preparaton for our local co-op Spiral walk, I spun a story for the little ones. This story was inspired by a story I found years and years ago with an unknown author. There were elements that I changes to fit out beliefs.
The Yule Miracle
A group of young fairies lived deep in the forest in the roots of a mighty tree. They were little flower fairies and the roots provided a cozy home for their warm winter nap. They were young and had never been through a winter.
“Mother,” said one fairy, “it is so cold. I am afrraid.” The other young fairies shivered.
“Oh my child, it will be okay. Spring will come to visit us soon, but until then, you will be safe if you listen to me.” Said their mother.
“I heard the birds say that the Sun was dying and will not return. What will we do? How will our flowers grow with no Sun?” asked another young fairy.
The flower fairy mother stood and put on her winter coat. She motioned for her little fairy children to do the same.
“Come along now,” said their mother, “and I will show you the magic that happens on this very night. You will see that there is nothing to fear.”
The fairy children put on their warm wintercoats and drank some warm elderberry cider to keep them cozy during their flight. Their mother led them to the center of the forest. There was a clearing with a beautifully decorated spiral. At the center was a great light.
The fairy mother directed her children to land at the opening of the spiral. Reverently they walked to the center where they saw The Great Mother, she was holding a beautiful young babe in her arms.
“Come,” said The Great Mother, “come and let me introduce you to my son, the Sun. Each year he wanes and becomes small, only to be born again this night. Each day he will become stronger and play with each of you. Soon you will waken the root babies and my son will shine down so they can grow.”
The young fairies stood in awe, staring at the beautiful child of Light, the Sun. With their tiny fairy lips, they kissed his glowing face. Each fairy silently flew home in the cool night air, following their mother, trusting her.
At home they snuggled down in their warm beds and dreamed about the warm days ahead.
Here are two songs I just love for Yule, the first is a song the is new to me, the second is one we have sang for many years.