The Yule Log – A Tanka

Happy Winter Solstice!

Welcome to my contribution for my weekly Tanka challenge. This week, I tweaked the prompt words: “warm = warmth and cheer = cheery.” Both words have many connotations and can change the meaning of your Tanka poetry in many ways. By the way, please link your Tanka to my post found here.

My husband and I decided to initiate a new tradition this year. We are celebrating the Winter Solstice in place of Christmas!

A few months ago, my brother in law had his DNA analyzed. The results were astounding! My husband’s family scored high for a Viking heritage. We were not surprised because they are all rather tall folks. My husband is 6 ft. 7 in., his brother 6 ft. 4 in., and his sister is 6 ft. tall! Let’s just say that the weekly television show called, The Vikings took on new meaning in our household. 😀

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Image credit: Giphy.com

It seemed fitting to celebrate the Winter Solstice. Christmas had lost meaning for us through the years after the kids moved away. I did some research and found a great site that explains the tradition. Click here to learn more about a Winter Solstice Tradition. I also talk about my plans for our celebration on Mindful Monday on A Mindful Journeysite.wordpress.com, my other blog.

The cheery Yule log –
flames burn to honor the sun,
spreading warmth and light.
Our token good luck ashes
protection for the next year.

©2016 Colleen M. Chesebro

However, you celebrate the season, may you find peace and joy. Hugs!



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32 replies

  1. A very nice tanka for today, Colleen, and what a lovely photo to go with!

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  2. Happy Yule Colleen. Coming from Orkney I’m very happy that you have Viking genes. Skal x

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  3. Very apt. I hope they don’t get up to the same goings on as in the series… Mind you, it makes for good watching. Have a lovely time and enjoy the winter solstice.

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    • LOL! In their younger years they might have acted like Vikings! 😁 Thank you. We just lit our candles and incense. My meditation was successful. I felt the old hurts slip away. We have our stew in the crockpot. I have the bread and Yule cake to back for our celebration dinner. It’s a wonderful day. ❤🎄

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  4. Happy Winter Solstice, Colleen 🙂
    I haven’t celebrated Christmas since I lived in Denmark either.

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  5. Your Tanka is beautiful Colleen, and Happy Winter Solstice.
    Greetings, Norma

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  6. Wonderful! Awesome! Cool! I know that you’ll be having a groovy YULE! ❤

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  7. Your Yule Log Tanka warmed me up, as did the entire post. Happy Solstice! ❤

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  8. Wonderful celebration of the Winter solstice to honor your husband’s Viking heritage. I love your Tanka and the burning logs. ❤

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  9. I just started getting into that show Viking. Awesome find on that DNA search. I’ve been thinking about doing it myself:)
    I love you tanka:)

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