The month of December is chock-a-block full of celebrations: Christmas, Hanukkah,Kwanzaa and today, 21st December, as the longest night and shortest day in the northern hemisphere marks the Winter Solstice.
This is the date that traditionally pagans celebrate, Yule the rebirth of the sun and beginning of winter; one of the oldest winter celebrations known to man.
Although this time was previously celebrated by the Celts, Romans and the Greeks it was Scandinavia's Norsemen who first called the celebration Yule.
They would set fire to huge Yule logs where they would eat until the log burned out. This could take anything up to two weeks; each spark from the fire was believed to represent a new pig or calf that would be born in the New Year.