Wolcum Yule!

Tomor­row night is the longest night! It is time to cel­e­brate Yule, the ancient win­ter fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ed in North­ern Europe that cor­re­sponds with the Win­ter Sol­stice.

Today’s pro­gram on Radio Riel’s main audio stream is a musi­cal cel­e­bra­tion of Yule that fea­tures pri­mar­i­ly Ear­ly Music and Folk.

Also, tune in this evening from 7:30pm — 9:00pm North Amer­i­can Pacif­ic time as Gabrielle Riel plays Songs from The Nightin­gale: Yule.

The Short­est Day

And so the Short­est Day came and the year died
And every­where down the cen­turies of the snow-white world
Came peo­ple singing, danc­ing,
To dri­ve the dark away.
They light­ed can­dles in the win­ter trees;
They hung their homes with ever­green;
They burned beseech­ing fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sun­shine blazed awake
They shout­ed, rev­el­ing.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echo­ing behind us – lis­ten!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Short­est Day,
As promise wak­ens in the sleep­ing land:
They car­ol, feast, give thanks,
And dear­ly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Wel­come Yule!

Susan Coop­er

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