This is an interesting discussion of a source I’ve read in the past. I was aware of the problems with Tacitus’s use of the Germanic tribes as a ‘comparison’ with Roman society. It’s fairly clear that Tacitus cannot be considered a primary source, since he never witnessed any of the things he recounted himself. Archaeology and other sources need to be read in conjunction with Classical sources.
I had a lovely meal cooked by candlelight, and my house is lit by candles. I plan to stay up as long as I can to watch as much of the night through as possible, but I also need to be up for sunrise tomorrow. Unfortunately I have to go to work tomorrow afternoon so I can’t stay up all night. It is most miffing.
As I wrote in my previous post, I have decided that my observance of Yule began at sunset on 20th December – yesterday. I actually did celebrate, in a quiet way.