Yule, Solstice, Christmas, Winter Holiday of your choice

Challenge #154 in the Eclectic series. Hosted by Ro13.
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The 21st is the shortest period of daylight in the northern hemisphere. Many cultures and religions have a winter holiday around this time of year. Capture the essence of a specific winter holiday and please add a note if it is about a certain aspect or meaning. Pleae be respectful when including ANY religious iconry
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by Scott G
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My son and daughter illuminated by candles in the snowy prelude to Christmas in Norway, 2012.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 1st January, 2013 14:11 (GMT)
Taken: Monday, 3rd December, 2012
Focal length: 50 mm
Shutter speed: 1/4 sec
Aperture: F1.7
ISO: 640
Notes: Panasonic Lumix GH2 with manual Minolta MC 50mm f/1.7 taken with tripod from outside in the snow.
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