What Makes The Yule Tide Gay

From Abraham to Africa, Santa Claus to shrooms — what makes the Yule Tide gay?

JM Heatherly
10 min readNov 26, 2021


Photo by Joshua Newton on Unsplash

Winter celebrations bring people together. It behooves us to make sincere efforts of goodwill and camaraderie, to embody our ideals. Unfortunately, an abysmal chasm of ideologies seems to divide us further each day.

Yet the holidays offer a chance for forgiveness, repentance, and even reconciliation. After all, we share an origin and destiny; liberation includes us all, or it is a farce. So, for a moment, let us rekindle the flames of humanism and mutual aid — as that approach may well take us further than digging our heels.

The North commemorates a host of rituals and celebrations during its colder months. From Chanukah to Kwanzaa, Yule to Christmas, we find reasons to warm up to one another during the annual cold season.

Sensationalist individuals would have you believe that morals are decaying. This notion lacks historical awareness, which reveals the eclectic origins of Christmas. These perspectives include indigenous stories, folklore, theology, and secularism.

This revelation should not alarm as these stories overcome our divide. What would be most gay is to end extreme poverty. What would bring peace on Earth is justice for the powerless.

Today, we’ll learn winter tales of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more. We will also cover secular culture and the sacred mushroom of the indigenous Evenki people. Read more to learn about the many stories that make our Yule Tide gay.

Hanukkah — ‘Dedication’ & the Revolt of Judah Maccabee

By Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld — Die Bibel in Bildern, Public Domain,

Our first sacred winter story is that of the Jewish people and Chanukah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew. Our Abrahamic siblings have suffered…



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