how to make yule mead: HOW TO MAKE "YULE-MEAD" Recipe for for 5.5 gallons ( A rich spicy and flavorful mead for winter sipping ) 18 lbs honey ( I like to use a dark fall wildflower for this recipe ) 4 large Oranges use zest and juice. 1 lb. Raisins, Dates or Figs…or a mix of all 3 5- Vanilla beans cut and scrapped. 9 oz. Chopped candied ginger. 0.5 oz. Crushed juniper berries 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon. 1 tsp. Nutmeg 1 tsp. Cardamon 1 tsp.
Koledo is a being that can be seen in two ways – as a winter spirit and as a god. Festivals dedicated to Koledo took place in the winter, and the most important one was Koljada that coincided with the date of the winter solstice. Customs related to this holiday survived into Christianity, and some authors consider that Christianity took this holiday over and transformed it into Christmas. In Bulgaria Christmas is still called Koleda, and the greeting used on this day is “merry Koleda”.
. The ancient Norse used the Yule log in their celebration of the return of the sun at winter solstice. "Yule" came from the Norse word hweol, meaning wheel. The Norse believed that the sun was a great wheel of fire that rolled towards and then away from the earth.
Newgrange passage tomb is one of Ireland’s most important and oldest archaeological sites. This photograph was taken before the excavation that uncovered the roof box through which the winter solstice sun lights up the ancient tomb.