[ID: 4 pictures, all with the same ocean background and black loopy text.
Picture 1: Yule
Picture 2: What is Yule? Yule, also known as Yuletide, is a Germanic pagan festival celebrating the transition from autumn to winter. It is celebrated from December 21st to January 1st and it was originally connected to the Norse god Odin. It was Christianized and became known as Christmastide around the 10th century in Norway. The celebration date was also changed to fall on December 25th only, instead of being a multi-day event.
Picture 3: Who celebrates it now? Nowadays, Yule is a popular celebration among those in neopagan faiths. Not all neopagans celebrate the winter solstice, though, and not all neopagans label it as Yule. Yule is celebrated in Christianity every year as Christmas, as there are still many striking similarities between Yule and Christmas. The meanings behind the two holidays, however, vary greatly.
Picture 4: How to celebrate. Some Yule traditions are similar to Christmas ones. Gift giving and feasting, for example, are popular with both celebrations, and hanging mistletoe is also seen in both (but the kissing under the mistletoe is strictly Christian). But Yule has many other traditions that are not present in Christmas traditions. The Yule log, for example, is a common tradition, especially in colder countries. A log is decorated with greenery, lit on fire for the night, let smolder for 12 days, then ceremoniously put out.
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I feel often now - at this point in my life - that it can be hard to synthesize, to reconcile past with present. Sometimes I must remind myself that no good is done by alienating myself from my history. As a woman of trans experience, I must acknowledge that my upbringing as someone socialized as a boy does not negate my womanhood, but positively informs my personhood. My experiences being perceived and interacted with as two different genders at different points in my life have been instrumental in developing my understanding of the world I inhabit, and to take this education for a blemish would be to see the forest for the trees. My body is not a mistake and neither is my history. I am the fully formed me, and I am all components that made me. #trans#transgender#girlswholikegirls#girlslikeus#lgbt#lgbtqia#transisbeautiful#transpride#transformation#transwoman#wlw
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__________________________________________________CW: Sexual Trauma
I always really linked my masculinity to my sexually dominant side. Quite a fucked up thing to do, but I found comfort and gender euphoria in being dominant in bed. I knew i enjoyed being topped but putting myself in that position would trigger too much gender dysphoria and sexual trauma.
Recently, iv'e been exploring my bottom side and I really enjoy it. Testosterone really helps me with my gender dysphoria which opened a door for me to be more vulnerable sexually. Unlearning the link i made in my head between sexual dominance and my masculinity is a rough and exciting adventure. It gives me the space to accept that this link is a coping mechanism i build to protect me from sexual trauma and gender dysphoria. I'm grateful for that coping mechanism but its time to let go ! 💣