Today I’m going to go a bit to the personal side for my entry into The Yuletide Ball Yule Blog Party hosted by:
I’ll admit as a family we have yet to truly celebrate Yule in our house. Really I’m not sure how to do it.
As I’ve shared before I’m Heathen, I don’t identify as Asatru because I have some beliefs that don’t follow true enough and I feel using the more general term is safer.
My Hubby is an Eclectic-Pagan but has never been fully immersed in it. He’s still in his discovery period.
Right now he leaves all religious practices to me to orchestrate because I have a lot more experience in both my faith and even in eclectic paganism. (I went so far as a first degree with an eclectic church many years ago so I have the basics pretty good though a bit rusty.)
As of right now I’ve always been trying to do a hybrid practice in our house but I’m considering altering that a bit for Yule. Ethically my Hubby is very Heathen, and I swear if he were to hang around a bunch of heathen guys he would either love them or hate them. Love them because of similar views or hate them because they’d butt heads. I think I’m going to stop trying the hybrid because well I’m just not feeling it.
Yule is the Holiday of all Holidays for Heathens. It isn’t just 1 night either, it spans for 12. Hence, where the 12 days of Christmas came from.
I’ve never practiced Yule solitary though. I have only ever done so with a group, also only a group of adults. I’m not sure how to bring in the kids to it but I am determined to do so.
My current Yule Plan:December 20th: Mother’s Night
- We’ll have a family feast and maybe invite some close friends over to join us.
- The kids can have one tiny gift to open.
- We light the Yule log (or Yule log substitute as we don’t have a fire place)
- The kids go to bed and maybe the adults have a Sumbel.
- We’re having dinner at my Brother’s with his family.
- Set out cookies for Santa.
- Every year I make cinnamon rolls or sticky buns for breakfast just like my mother.
- We open the rest of the gifts.
- End of Yule feast.
- Sumbel / New Years Resolutions
Yule Crafts & Holiday Traditions:As always I like to incorporate crafts into what our family does.
- This year I made a countdown calendar that goes from Dec. 1st to the 25th and shows the beginning of Yule. On it the kids decorate a holiday scene. The picture of it is partially decorated as we aren’t done with the countdown yet. On Mother’s Night the kids will add a fire to the fireplace. There will even be cookies and milk for Santa along with many other things.
- We always make cookies. This year I may try to make the shortbread recipe my mother gave me. It was originally my great-grandmother’s. Hubby loves it but oh is it awful for you.
- Make our own Yule Log. Maybe like this one pictured here that I found at Pagan Pages.
- I’m considering making a Yule Goat like Freckles: The Happy Heathen talked about. I’m not sure though. Though I’m heathen I’m not Norwegian and that is more specifically a tradition from there.
- Every year we always watch our favorite holiday movies. Yes some are really Christmas themed but it’s about the spirit more then anything. They include:
No matter exactly how you celebrate Yule is about family and spending time together. Ours definitely isn’t traditional anything. We have a mix of traditions from our own upbringings mixed in with our faith. Somehow we’ll make it into a cohesive unit for the kids.
What traditions do you do in your family and how do you bring it all together?