Evil spirits are said to roam this night stronger than usual.
Holy can be hung to decorate homes prior to the solstice. In ancient Roman times this was the time to celebrate the god Saturn and holly was connected to them. It was thought to protect against the harshness of winter.
For some this was a time stay inside and lock your doors because of the wild hunt. Odin was said to ride through the sky's on an eight legged horse followed by hellhounds and Spirits of the dead. To see the hunt was a bad omen.
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