Winter Solstice (Dec. 22, 2011)

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The Solstice has been incorporated into other holidays, but it is formally celebrated by groups identifying themselves as Wiccans and Pagans. Celebrations emphasize nature, the natural cycle and light, oftentimes drawing upon older European symbols and rituals. The fir tree, for example, was an ancient Germanic symbol of the continuity of life through the winter season. It was transformed later into the Christmas tree, but is also used as a celebration of nature.

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