May I add, the people who celebrated the yule time, were known as "heathens", and it was not a derogatory word.<quoted text>
May I add.....
Red and green = the colors of Life (animal and vegetative).
Gold, yellow and orange = the Sun.
White and silver = the Stars (of which our Sun is one).
It's all about the Light at Yuletime.
The days were getting shorter and the cold, dark nights must have frightened primitive peoples greatly. The fact that after a certain "long night" the daylight hours began to increase must have been cause for great celebration.
"Yeah! We aren't going to freeze and starve to death in the Dark! The Light returns!"
And so began the myths......
Obviously it became a derogatory word due to disputes between the Christians and the Nordic people who did not denounce their gods.