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Handsel (January 1, 2019)

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The wheel of the year turned, days shortening, nights lengthening steadily, cold and snow sweeping down from the north. Midwinter approached steadily, and with it the turning of the year once again, when the fires would be doused and the night watched through until dawn.

Midwinter arrived- festivities abounded, the traditional chants and songs sung, tokens of luck and appreciation exchanged between friends and comrades. Dawn broke, the fires rekindled, and the day lengthened once more, beating back the cold and dark for another year.