In the Shire the year is winding down.
Today, December 18th, begins the Yule Days, the six-day celebration of the end of the year. Tolkien writes little of the Yule Days, except to call them one of the chief holidays and a time of great feasting.
One imagines that pipeweed was smoked, ale was quaffed in great quantities, and many foods were consumed.
Winter solstice festivals, like the Shire’s Yule Days, are common to many cultures. What Americans celebrate as Christmas is an accretion of many different festivals — Norse, German, Roman, etc.
Watch a Lord of the Rings film between now and the 23rd, the final day of the Yule Days. 🙂
Happy Yule Days!