Friday, December 21, 2018

Blessed Winter Solstice!

Enjoy the silence that comes with the longest night and learn from the whispered wisdom it shares with you. Never fear the darkness, but find rest and respite in its stillness.

Then celebrate when the light returns, brighter and stronger than before. The days lengthen again, flooding our lives with light, warmth, and life.

Happy Yule and a blessed Winter Solstice to all. We stand with you to greet the new day.

Monday, November 26, 2018

The Old Address is New Again

Thanks to everyone for showing so much excitement and interest for the return of the Solstice Dispatch Service. The elves are all a-buzz with excitement, and we're fairly certain it's not from the coffee and candy canes.

The new address is magically close to the old address, so please send your letters to the following location:

c/o The Solstice Dispatch Service
5890, av. de Monkland, Suite 16-612
Montréal (Québec) Canada H4A 1G2

You can address the letters to the Oak King or to the Holly King. However, the Solstice Dispatch Service has an excellent networking service, so if you are so moved, you can also address it to other beings and we will do our best to pass your letters along to the appropriate deity.

In past years, we have also received letters addressed to the following beings who were thrilled to bits to get mail:
  • The Oak King
  • The Holly King
  • Odin, the All-Father (many people wrote to Odin)
  • Old Man Winter

Friday, November 23, 2018

The Return of the Solstice Kings

As the days grew short and the night deepened, an uneasy stillness covered the land. The grand Grey Lady of winter had risen and walked the land once again, bringing with her the crisp silence of cold, frost, and snow.

The brothers of Oak and Holly sat quietly by a crackling fire, sharing a warm bottle of cider and the sweet smell of pipe smoke lingered between them. The Solstice approached, the wheel turned, and the shift in power loomed large between them.

The Holly King, his cup dry once again, reached for the bottle but the tips of his fingers found the edges of a sheet of paper. Curious, he brought the letter into the firelight while pulling out his wireframe spectacles. His eyes adjusted in the dim light and he eyes smiled as he scanned the page and he chuckled lightly.

"What's that?" the Oak King asked, pulled from his reverie.

The Holly King removed his spectacles to lightly tap them on the page. "This letter from Laila. She was telling us about her holiday."

The Oak King straightened up in his seat. "Wasn't she the artist? The postal Elves made the nicest frame for her work." He picked up a gnarled cane and gestured down the dim hallway. "Isn't it hanging just down there?"

"It is." With great effort, the Holly King gripped the ancient wooden armrests of his chair, stood up, and walked away from the fire. He returned a moment later with a wooden box filled with letters. The Oak King's eyes twinkled with the light of the flames. He tossed another log onto the hearth and reached for one of the envelopes.

As the evening wore on, both men shared laughter and tears, rediscovering the stories that had come to them from across the globe. Some of the authors were children, others had seen many winters, but all of them had woven the spark of youth, hope, and magic into their hand-written correspondences. Finally, the Holly King drew the last letter from the box and read it aloud for both of them to enjoy. Then a silence came between them, punctuated by the hearthfire.

"Why did we stop receiving the letters?" the Oak King whispered.

"I don't remember," his brother mused, stroking his beard. He was pensive for a moment, but with a smirked glance at the Oak King, he reached for the horn on his belt. He brought the weathered horn to his lip and a single note rose hearty, deep, and ancient, reverberating through the darkness around them. No sooner had the man reattached his horn to his belt, he noticed two wide eyes staring up at him.

The tiny being held a pointy green hat in his two tiny hands and looked up at him inquisitive, but excited. Suddenly he was joined by another tiny person, then another, until the King could no longer see the floor before him. "Sit," growled the King and all the elves sat suddenly, almost in unison.

The two Kings stared at these elves, trying to look fierce and regal, but the sight of all these hopeful elves with their multi-colored hats and bells on their feet caused them to snicker, which quickly became jolly laughter.

"Is it time?" squeaked one of the elves.

"It is time," rumbled the Oak King, leaning on his ancient staff. "Prepare the ink wells, pull out the good writing paper. It is time for the solstice dispatches to be sent."

The Return of the Solstice Dispatch Service

We officially declare that the Solstice Dispatch Service is once again active for the 2018, 2019 season. The Solstice approaches, the days will grow long again, and hope and light will return to a world hungry for it. To celebrate this long-awaited transition, we invite you to write letters to the Solstice Kings, both Holly and Oak.

When we first started this project, we had the ambitious idea that we could reply to the letters during the Yuletide season. But as the few letters we received grew quickly to dozens and dozens, we were overwhelmed and could not keep up with the demand.

So in this new iteration, we will be making one small change: while we commit to read every letter we receive, but we cannot guarantee that we will reply to every letter by Yule. We wish to savor your letters and do not wish to be rushed in their reply, so while we do commit to reply to them, you may only receive your reply much later. Please be patient with us as we try to reply to your correspondence as quickly as we can.

Where to send your letters

We are still working out the new address for the Solstice Dispatch Service, so stay tuned! Write your letters, create your beauty, place it in the envelopes, and prepare your postage. As soon as we can, we will provide you with the postal address.

Don't know what we're talking about? Click here to learn more about the Solstice Dispatch Service!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Dispatch Service Offline

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you all that there will be no Solstice Dispatch Service this year. Life has become difficult in a way that makes running the service impossible (don't worry, everyone is safe). We will keep the blog and the FB page alive, and hopefully next year, we can re-instate the service.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who has written us letters in the past two years and apologies to everyone who did not receive replies as promised. We will try to be better in the coming year.

In the meantime, we wish you all a happy, healthy, safe, and prosperous Winter Solstice.

Much love and brightest blessings,

Oak King/Holly King

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tracking the SDS letters

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have all had a safe and enjoyable holiday.

As of January 2017, we have received almost 40 letters from across the globe. This year, at this point in time, the letter that has traveled the farthest distance comes from the Czech Republic!

Using this map, you can see where some of the letters are coming from. Don't worry: we have only cited the cities or origin, not the actual addresses.


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Letters Received So Far!

Happy Yule and Happy Winter Solstice everyone!

We are happy to report that the blessed brothers have met, had a tussle, and the Oak King has emerged victorious! The Holly King is off to enjoy a well-earned rest until the Summer Solstice.

We have received 16 letters so far and we are confident there are more on the way. If you have not sent your letters to the Oak King yet, don't fret! You can still write to him now and well beyond the Winter Solstice and he will reply. Correspondence is one of his many sacred duties.

Hail the Oak King!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

In the News!