Today is the Winter Solstice on the old Julian Calender.
For as long as I can remember, I have heard today called Luminia Mundi, meaning I think "to light the world" or "the night that the world lights up".
The night that a candle was place in a jar, or a light put in the window to show the Wise men their way in the dark and cold. the first night that the Christmas lights are alite. A night that Mother Mary was reverenced and she began her journey to Bethlehem as she still carried the Christ Child, as we were told.
It is also one week to the Solstice, or Yule, the longest night of the year. After which the days begin to lengthen again, bringing the promise of a new spring a new growing season.
A new season, a birth, a renewed life and a new light, as we count down the final long dark nights of the year.