We headed out of town at about 4:30. We went via the airport so we could drop a car off for Logan who was flying in at about 7:00. We then headed up to campground on Mt. Hood to join the Watts and some of their friends for the celebration.
Dec. 21st, the shortest day of the year is the Winter Solstice. Fortunately it was not the end of the world as many had predicted using the mayan calendar!!
Tradition from the Nordic is that a tree is burned to welcome back the sun. That tradition than became the burning of the traditional Christmas yule log.
Merrill takes the tradition back to it's roots though and part of the celebration involves the burning of an actual tree. They always dry out a tree in their basement in preparation.
First we had dinner which is a compilation of "pagan", medieval food. It always includes hot dogs which we roasted over the fire. This year we also had an elk, mushroom stew which was interesting. Jim liked it.
I took a rustic apple tart and there was other cheeses and meats and hot chocolate to keep us warm.