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Ack! So much merriment to catch up on! Lurve the ideas and the daily dose of joy!

real v fake- we've always done real, though some years it's been a bunch of little potted trees and other years it's been a big big tree. This is our first yule in this house so I'm not sure how it will go. Some years we drive out to the green cemetary and cut our own (the burial folks get free removal of invasive pines, people get free trees), some years we go to a tree farm, some years we harvest our land, and some years we buy off a farm stand in town! DH grew up with fake and those have their place, but I can't imagine having a fake tree as my only tree. Maybe alongside a potted tree or cut tree? But I think so much of it is what you're used to and what your memories hold!

I like the soup/solstice idea but I have to admit... we do both solstice (just our family) and christmas (extended family) and we go all out for solstice dinner. When possible we do a big "dickensian" spread on solstice and then a whole day brunch style buffet for christmas. So solstice dinner is a goose with chestut stuffing, honey glazed baked root veggies, homemade cran-orange relish, ginger apples, a winter squash soup, a few different pies/cookies, and a flaming plum pudding. Then christmas we put out fresh bread, jams, honey, cheese, yogurt, hard cookies (like biscotti), homemade fruit cake (alton brown's version), and the waffle iron (add some bengal spice tea to the waffle mix for holiday yum). As the day gets later we might swap out the waffles for cold cuts or add some pies or "sugary" cookies, or put out some apples and oranges. Very low key, food is ready whenever anyone arrives.

This year I'm building a sort of outdoor advent calendar... I'm adapting the sacred mother cave idea from Celegrating the Great Mother (basically build a little shelter outside and place a mother/sun child figure in it). This year I'll make a spiral around the cave lined with 21 candles. Starting on the first we'll light one candle each night moving from thte outside of the spiral into the cave. So the second night two will burn, the third night three, etc. On the last/longest night the whole spiral will be lit and we'll light the candles in the cave. It should look really cool! (I hope )

I'd also like to make an indoor calendar but I'm not feeling crafty... I see all the amazing calendars and just can't get started!

Sharing- we try to do a lot of "giving" at solstice (before the "getting" of mainstream christmas). We help at a soup kitchen, a women's shelter, and we fill holiday helper boxes. We go on nature walks with little trash bags collecting ick and leaving piles of birdseed behind (dd1 loves this one). We decorate a tree for the animals and leave little gifts for the trees, gnomes, fairies, and spirits of place.

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I found the fruitcake recipe you suggested Clay http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/a...ipe/index.html
It sounds so good!
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ok, i'm going to clay's for dinner. what time?

some day, when i have a real life again, i'll totally have THE feast of feasts. til then, i dream.

although, i think i'm going to make my family celebrate boxing day this year.... yum.

i thought of you all today when i was at lowes... they had this cute little fake white/irredescent tree. i wantd to hug it.

we do a cut live tree, but outside. you can see it thru the french doors to the patio. i kinda like it, but again, when i have a real life, i'll have a huge huge real tree in the front that i will decorate with bird food ornaments. :
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Thanks for the reminder, Salvia!

I also wanted to mention that donating blood is especially welcome at this time of the year. All it requires is some time, some health, and overcoming a fear of needles. :My DH goes every 2 months, and I might join him this next time.
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I lurve Alton Brown. And his fruitcake recipe is classic (the whole episode is). We follow the basic tradition of "everyone in the family stirs the fruitcake" and we soak the fruit in something yummy for as many weeks as we can manage... it's become part of our Yule tradition. And it's the sort of fruitcake the Roman legions marched on.... serious, dense, fruity, solid. MMmmmm

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Oooh lots to comment on...

We have always let the kids put money in the bell ringers tins. They love it & sometimes the bell ringers will even let them ring the bell. Its a great chance to talk to them about giving!

My dh donates blood every other sabbat. I know I agoid too. Perhaps I will start this yule!

I am thinking about doing a walk for hunger this holiday. It will make me feel good & good excercise...etc.

Anyone started their yule books yet? I've only started plotting events on my calendar. Want almost every day to have something! Then I'm going to copy my calendar & that will be my 1st page. I am going to sort of document/scrapbook this yule...as we go along. Well that is the plan! We shall see!
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motherearthdancer- that's my plan too. I finally got my folder cover fininshed yesterday. I have plans for today's post to be brainstorming about what we want included in this season, and then tomorrow's post will be scheduling and starting to fill in the folder.
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Day 4 Yule in our Hearts

I love winter time. I love the snow, the cold, the dark. I want to curl up with a good book, eat goodies, and give myself a break. So before I make my long list of holiday activities to accomplish, I am going to spend some time pondering my goals for the coming year, and think about how I can use the energetically intense winter solstice to help me grow spiritually.


Some Goddesses to look to right now are Yemonja, Auset, Gabri-El, Lakshmi, Kwan Yin, and Mary. Curl up with the energy of the Goddess, and start your dreams and your desires incubating this winter. This is a time for planning for the future. We plant the seeds now but we reap the harvest during spring.

This is a very good, but quite long article http://www.mothersky.com/writing/25_...rSolstice.html

Again, it is so important for us to get quiet and slow down. Our bodies need it as well as our minds and souls.
Spend some time today journaling what you want spiritually to come into your life.

More detailed Yule info http://www.paganspath.com/magik/celtic/yule.htm

Help in achieving our goals http://www.paganspath.com/magik/grimoire/greenlist.htm
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Setting goals...planting seeds. Yes, that is exactly what I need right now. A plan of what we want & need to grow this next year. I think ill work on my treasure map & add that to my yule book then next yule when we look back we can see how many things have come into being!

Okay... Now to actually do it. I'm planning on starting tonight when we get home from my mil's. If not tomorrow after LLL.
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I'm still on page one's: soup and solstice, but I think a great counter part is the summer solstice - which could be "salad and solstice." Such great ideas!!

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Yule tree...

We have a small potted evergreen tree and decorate it with sun symbols. After the solstice is over , we plant it in the nearby greenspace.

Yule log...

My dh carves votive size holes in a fresh log. This sits in the fireplace with tealights in it for our solstice party. So it "burns" all night but never burns away. This is pretty and safer for my littlest guests than a real fire in the hearth.

Altar...

My large sun-ny face comes out to take the place of a small oil painting on the wall. On the top of the bookcase just underneath this.. I have three sun colored candles.. books about the solstice and any other sun-ny items I can find in the house or thrift store that year.
Love the Yule Log Idea withthe Candles! I could see making one, setting it out as decoration and then not lighting it until Yule Evening. I wonder, could one make a log once and it keep for years?

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I know I'm supposed to be joyfully greeting the Sun at Yule, but I just can't bring myself to do it (see my latest blog post for further details). Am I just out of it, or do people tend to celebrate Summer at Lithia, instead of happily welcoming the Dark that will come over the upcoming months?

So, would it be terribly wrong to focus on the Dark time we're entering? Instead of waking to greet the Sun, I think I'll make my house as close to a cave as possible (for as long as DS will tolerate it). And, presuming it will be cold enough by them, spend the day inside by fire and candle light to welcome King Winter
Yeah I prefer to enjoy the dark and focus on the dark myself too...

ANd my solstice and salad idea for summer is SOOoooo page 2!!

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I am very fond of Kwan Yin this time of the year, as I often feel tugged in to diametrically opposing directions.

First, it is way to easy to get caught up in the freneticness of the season and find myself rushing around for the sake of rushing not that anything is really that urgent. Second, the pull to hibernate, move away from the tension, commericialism, the greed that oozes out of some folk. Case in point, there will be no bonuses at DP's company this year. Instead of being grateful that the company was long thinking and made moves so there were no layoffs (unlike closest competitor) they are all whinging. I just don't get it, the greed.

Anyhoo, back to Kwan Yin, she seems so soothing, so calming for me. And my statue looks great buried in greens. Pine boughs this year as haven't replaced my ivy.

Oh wanted to add a couple Yule Log lore links I found while looking for Yule Candle ideas.

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/yulelog.asp
http://thecronescottage.tripod.com/t...2001/id16.html (wish this one was sourced because I like the different meanings of different logs)

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totally have a crush on AB. *sigh* ohhh, did i miss iron chef's battle turkey? mmmm. must check.

not slowing down time here! ...i should post some sub thread ideas for those of us for whom this is "finally waking up" time.... <wink>

like planting seeds! must get moving on that. november is wildflower seed planting time! <dance, dance, bounce bounce! sprinkle seeds!>

or solstace smoothies! feel fall like when it's 90 out-- pumpkin, banana, yogurt, coconut and or sun/nut butter, molases, pumpkin pie spices, kefir.... yummmm.

ok, thread subversion over, lol.
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Solstice and Smoothies! Next summer for sure :
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We do real trees. We have eight trees in the yard. a one year old, a two year old and so on. When a tree is eight years old, we cut it and plant a new little tree in it's place. We plan on doing this every year so we will be able to supply ourselves with organic yule trees :
I love this idea. My dad planted hundreds of pine trees when I was little for Christmas trees, but he could never bring himself to cut any of them down, so they are huge now, and he's always bought his real tree. I also like the idea of using a live tree, and then planting that every year.

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So, we have an advent quilt with little pockets to put treats in. Problem is, the pockets are pretty small. In the past all we have come up with to put in there is candy or other food items, and coupons for things like movie night with popcorn and hot chocolate. I emailed dh today to see if he could think of anything else to put in and he writes back, "Oh, you know, smokes, sardines, playing cards, mousetraps, credit cards, maxi pads, audiocassettes, pocket New Testament..."



Which would all fit, but not exactly appropriate. Any ideas?? TIA!

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So, we have an advent quilt with little pockets to put treats in. Problem is, the pockets are pretty small. In the past all we have come up with to put in there is candy or other food items, and coupons for things like movie night with popcorn and hot chocolate. I emailed dh today to see if he could think of anything else to put in and he writes back, "Oh, you know, smokes, sardines, playing cards, mousetraps, credit cards, maxi pads, audiocassettes, pocket New Testament..."



Which would all fit, but not exactly appropriate. Any ideas?? TIA!
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Day 4 Yule in our Hearts
I love winter time. I love the snow, the cold, the dark. I want to curl up with a good book, eat goodies, and give myself a break. So before I make my long list of holiday activities to accomplish, I am going to spend some time pondering my goals for the coming year, and think about how I can use the energetically intense winter solstice to help me grow spiritually.
Saphire... thanks so much for these wonderful links! I am printing the articles (for my personal use only ) to take along this weekend (it's a work weekend for me) and study on my breaks/downtimes.

It is so hard to feel connected with Earth when I am in a stuffy, sterile environment five stories up! These will help.

Blessed Be!

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So, we have an advent quilt with little pockets to put treats in. Problem is, the pockets are pretty small. In the past all we have come up with to put in there is candy or other food items, and coupons for things like movie night with popcorn and hot chocolate. I emailed dh today to see if he could think of anything else to put in and he writes back, "Oh, you know, smokes, sardines, playing cards, mousetraps, credit cards, maxi pads, audiocassettes, pocket New Testament..."



Which would all fit, but not exactly appropriate. Any ideas?? TIA!
That is so funny! ...pocket New Testament....

How about little 'collectables'? Example: my 12yr ds is really into these lil' sea creatures that are in the gumball-type machine at our local grocery mart... octopus, dolphines, killer whales and if your really lucky, a clown fish! There is usually only a handful of those in the machine so if you show up to school with a clown fish... you rock!

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I know what a certain someone would be getting wrapped up under the Yule tree if *I* were you
. you are soooo ornery. that would be hialrious!



DH and I were talking last night. we have no room for a tree right now. I am going to have to throw away something, he says, like that nasty 25 yo desk. that he hates. sigh. i knew it was coming. it is pretty old, but where will i put the kids art supplies? i def want a tree, so we better figure it out. we live in a trailer so there isnt too many ways to arrange stuff. sigh...

i finally got a barn star hung up on the outside of the hosue. i love it and it looks great. yule has me in the season to hang stars everywhere. and moons. and red stuff. .

i want a wreath for the front door. Does anybody here make there own? how? it doesnt have to be big. just "witchy" .

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so, i have to admit, i'm struggling a bit here, as you all are talking about cold and snow and trees and settling in and being meditative and thinking forward to the next year... it's really funny. i grew up here, and never had troubles... but having been gone for 13 years, during which time i lived in the midwest, england, and the northwest, i guess i got used to different rhythms of life. it's been hard re-adjusting to the southwest, but i'm really finding my way this year... but i'm feeling a bit "out" of it with this thread. :-( <sniff>

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ha! love it. how about some crafting things? beads, ribbon, etc?

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clay does! she makes awesome ones. dh just told me about an event at our friend's winery where you get to go cut bits from the vines and make your own wreath! i used to make swags, when i lived in the NW and could walk thru the woods after a windstorm and gather branches. *sigh*
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Day 5 Yule in our Hearts

Now that I’ve given some thought to what I want to include in the family’s holiday celebrations I am going to get organized. With us building a house, dh busy working, homeschooling the girls, and everything else I’m concerned I may forget something I want to be sure to do. Plus I like being organized.

First, I am going to print out a December calendar, then I am going to fill in the dates of the Solstice, and other special events. Second, I write down what advent activity for each day. This makes it so I’m not buying little gifts or treats for the advent calendar, the girls get in on more holiday action, and I get things done.

Link for calendar http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/te...CT101425391033
http://organizedhome.com/printable-c...-december-2008

For example, on Dec 1 I'll write "put up advent calendar" on the 2nd " make paper snowflakes" other dates will be " go sledding" " go to Mimi's" ( grandma's) "Make fudge" "Make Yule Log" and so on.

I had the lunar Word calendar all filled out, but the format got all messed up in trying to post it. I'm sure you all can envision what I'm describing anyways.

What kinds of winter solstice activities can we do with the kids? I know if we all share our ideas we can all have a fun pagan themed advent for our families.

http://www.circlesanctuary.org/pholi...ningGuide.html

Winter Solstice books for children:
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http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...rodermapigment
http://www.barefoot-books.com/us/sit...e.php?pid=2076

I'll be requesting our holiday books from the library in the next few days, I love being able to go online and do that!
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Lioness- yup, I "do" the wreath. I change it out each holy day so it stays seasonal. Sometimes I go very low key/found object and other times I try to be a bit fancier. I'm not a super wreath person by any means (nothing like the cool wreaths on Martha, or at the craft fair) but they're fun!

You can either find some vines (grapevine is classic, but once I used heavy gloves and made a rosevine wreath)/bendy sticks (willow works well) and form them into a circle (just loop twine or ribbon over the ends to hold the shape). Or you can buy a grapevine wreath at a craft store... I got tiny ones for my girls that cost 50 cents each, while bigger ones cost a few dollars. Then you can either use more twine/floral tape/wire/ribbon to attach items to the wreath or just stick things into the openings of the wreath material itself.

I don't have any pictures of my current wreath online (and I need to update for yule... I found some birch bark on a nature walk and cut it into star shapes so I'll find some evergreen branches, poke them through a grapevine wreath, add the stars and maybe a few beaded spirals and red berries) but it's a bunch of cattail reeds and dried seed pods tied into a sort of swag, then bound to three little "indian corn" cobs with some wire. And the wreaths the girls made used those little 50 cent grapevine wreaths and they tied dried apple slices to the vines with twine. Very cute for the price of a mini-wreath and an apple!

Storage- how about one of these hanging thingies from IKEA? They come in different sizes and colors and I've got one for dd1's clothing (so she can get her own stuff/put it away), one for my craft materials (yarn and fabric storage mostly), one for diapers, etc. Art supplies could go into the different cubbies and it doesn't take up much room at all!



Items for advent quilt- LOVE the list! And I'd soooo put that collection in a gift or stocking! Maybe beads? The craft store here has really fun shell beads that are about the size of a silver dollar... the shell is carved to look like a flower, or a bird, or a spiral, etc. The faeries traded one of the carved flowers for dd1's extra halloween candy and she loved it!

And what about silly but useful things, like dental floss in a funny flavor or mini toothpaste tube? A tiny harmonica or rattle, a neat crystal or geod, a magnet or magnifying glass, maybe a small sewing kit or knitting noddy gizmo (the kind that make I cord?), stickers, window markers or other art material?


I'm going to go get the calendar now and start marking things down!

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I love evergreen swags with berries and fun twrily glitter shiney things. I haven't made one in years, now I put up a red berry wreathe.

I try do a room theme- kitchen is berries and greens, living room is old toys red and white and bathroom is green.

I love lights, anything! I was thinking about getting blue lights for outdoors and using clear....

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I make wreaths, but I have to admit the one that was on my front door was there for about 18 months. Strange how that coincides with DD's age. I just took it down this week and am going to re-do it. It is a purchased grapevine wreath that I will add ribbons too and other fun things. I made one a few years ago to hang outdoors that had suet cakes and strung fruit swags on it for the animals.

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OMG!! : I am so going to do it. I think I'll fill his stocking with those things. Now where to find a pocket New Testament?

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That is so funny! ...pocket New Testament....

How about little 'collectables'? Example: my 12yr ds is really into these lil' sea creatures that are in the gumball-type machine at our local grocery mart... octopus, dolphines, killer whales and if your really lucky, a clown fish! There is usually only a handful of those in the machine so if you show up to school with a clown fish... you rock!
Great idea! Thanks. I'll look around and see what I can find.

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ha! love it. how about some crafting things? beads, ribbon, etc?
Another great idea! You all are so much more creative than I am.

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Items for advent quilt- LOVE the list! And I'd soooo put that collection in a gift or stocking! Maybe beads? The craft store here has really fun shell beads that are about the size of a silver dollar... the shell is carved to look like a flower, or a bird, or a spiral, etc. The faeries traded one of the carved flowers for dd1's extra halloween candy and she loved it!

And what about silly but useful things, like dental floss in a funny flavor or mini toothpaste tube? A tiny harmonica or rattle, a neat crystal or geod, a magnet or magnifying glass, maybe a small sewing kit or knitting noddy gizmo (the kind that make I cord?), stickers, window markers or other art material?
Yay!! : Awesome list. Cool. Last year we waited until the last minute and just ended up with junk in most of the pockets, so I'm so glad I consulted you all and I have some time to find things.

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I love the soup and solstice idea. I think we will do that also. This is our 2nd year of doing our main family celebration on the day of the solstice. Soup tradition will make this year even better.

Thanks everyone for the great ideas.
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. you are soooo ornery. that would be hialrious!


DH and I were talking last night. we have no room for a tree right now. I am going to have to throw away something, he says, like that nasty 25 yo desk. that he hates. sigh. i knew it was coming. it is pretty old, but where will i put the kids art supplies? i def want a tree, so we better figure it out. we live in a trailer so there isnt too many ways to arrange stuff. sigh...

i want a wreath for the front door. Does anybody here make there own? how? it doesnt have to be big. just "witchy" .
yes, ornery fits me well If you decide to get rid of the desk, do you have a wall you could put some shelves on (up& out of the way, I remember well how small trailers can be Used to live in one myself hehe) I'm sure if you think creatively you'll come up with something! I used to make my own wreaths back in the day although they weren't overtly witchy I still changed them every time a holiday came along and had basic seasonal stuff as well for them

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OMG!! : I am so going to do it. I think I'll fill his stocking with those things. Now where to find a pocket New Testament?
Hehe I'm so glad you liked it LOL. Try the dollar store for the bible? Or if you're brave you could slip into a christian bookstore & pick one up (but that might feel a little.. I dunno.. disrespectful I guess? lol)

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This is my first year of doing Yule. Don't know where to start or what to do for it so this is great for me. Tomorrow I am taking a trip out of the city to find our Yule log and some pine cones and whatever else we can find to use to decorate. Any other ideas on what I can use? Remember, we are as far south west as you can go without being in Mexico. Hahaha. It's going to be cool for us finally which is 75. It's been 80's past couple of weeks with some days of low 70's before that. I want to get my house looking and smelling like winter solstice is coming even if it won't feel like it.

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Wow lots of great stuff in here.....I am keeping up! I will continue to keep up!!! You guys have all been so good in helping me down my path and I just want to say THANK YOU!
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