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Comic #1796

1 Lambert: You know, around this time of year I always find myself thinking of my Uncle Bilbert, who hosts my family's traditional mid-winter feast.
2 Alvissa: Mid-winter feast?
3 Lambert: Yes. Every year, on the night of the winter solstice, my people have a huge feast and exchange little presents.
4 Alvissa: Every year? Do you mean...
4 Lambert: Yes, it's Hobbit-Yule.

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Yule is originally a pagan winter festival, held roughly around the winter solstice. The word and the occasion have since migrated around a bit in date and meaning, until today where Yule is most commonly either conflated with Christmas, or celebrated separately on the night of the winter solstice.

Interestingly, here in Australia, with the end of the year occurring in summer, we've actually moved Yule to the middle of winter - in June - while keeping Christmas in sweltering hot December. Nobody ever said these things had to make sense.

Oh, and hello to Thomas Fuglseth, who I hope appreciates this pun. ;-)

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