Recent conversations and circumstances have brought the goddess Berchta to the fore. Urglaawe observes Bertchta's feast day, December 31, as the Berchtaslaaf (Procession of Berchta). This is an integral part of the Yule observance.

Old lore indicates that we are to eat a meal of gruel and herring. In fact, the lore, as reported by Grimm, states that is ALL we are to eat on that day. Fortunately, we have found Berchta to be flexible when it comes to that report, particularly if the meal is present and is at least eaten a bit.

We will write more about this radiant goddess as Yule approaches. :)