Deciding on a Yule celebration
Started the thinking from here:
Specifically, this on toasts:
The narrative continues that toasts were to be drunk. The first toast was to be drunk to Odin “for victory and power to the king”, the second to the gods Njörðr and Freyr “for good harvests and for peace”, and thirdly a beaker was to be drunk to the king himself. In addition, toasts were drunk to the memory of departed kinsfolk. These were called minni.
So, later tonight, I shall improvise from this in a slightly different direction.
- First, to Freya, for the power of hospitality, friendship and connection in facing darkness.
- Second, to my ancestors who faced strife and darkness before, for inspiration.
- Third, to the Constitution. My nation does not have a King and those of us who served swore to support and defend it.
I wish you all a Good Yule and times with friends and family.