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We have an altar with sun images, a tiny tree, stars, etc.<br><br>
Maybe make some homemade ornaments with lots of sun and light imagery and create a family altar too.<br><br>
Bake some sun cakes or bread on the Solstice.
 

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Check out the book - Circle Round - it has some ideas for baking crafts and songs.
 

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<i>Circle Round</i> has some good ideas for all Sabbats. We also slice oranges and dry them to hang as decorations (little suns.) We have an altar with a variety of the different Winter celebrations represented. Not sure how old your dc is/are, but my kids love reading <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FBirthday-Cake-No-Ordinary%2Fdp%2F0152057420%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1196806926%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank"><i>A Birthday Cake is No Ordinary Cake</i></a>. Because it discusses seasons, it's all about the Earth's rotation around the Sun. Mine are still young, so we celebrate Solstice as the Sun's birthday and this book ties-in nicely. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I printed out a pagan coloring book for my son that has all kinds of Yule pictures in it. Just do a web search on pagan coloring book. They have a lot of links out there.<br><br>
Father Winter comes to our house on Yule Eve and leaves a stocking full of goodies. Then on Christmas we go to Grandma's to celebrate with the Catholic grandparents and the Jewish cousins. Santa brings gifts to grandma's house. And Hunnukah Harry usually drops off a gift or two as well.<br><br>
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try these links<br><a href="http://www.elsieandpooka.com/pooka_pages.htm" target="_blank">http://www.elsieandpooka.com/pooka_pages.htm</a><br><a href="http://www.sacredspiralkids.com/" target="_blank">http://www.sacredspiralkids.com/</a><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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It really depends in the tradition<br>
IE... I (we/the coven I am in) basically believe that the different names address the various aspects the The Goddess, who at this time of the yr we honor as the Crone.<br>
here's a neat list of Goddess names that breaks them down by aspect<br><a href="http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess_names_list.htm" target="_blank">http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess_names_list.htm</a>
 

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I honor the older Goddess energy at this time, sometimes called the Crone. Some traditions/people see her as birthing the sun (God) at the Solstice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We have a tradition on the Winter Solstice to do a "giving tree" for the small animals. Peanuts butter pine cones rolled in seeds and nuts, popcorn balls, cranberries and other goodies to lay on the branches of a tree for the birds and squirrels.<br><br>
It always looks so pretty and when we check on it a month later, it's always empty. We do a ceremonial pipe with some lovely herb we get at our local herb and tincture shop and give thanks to the earth for all of it's gifts and for all we take from it. I really love this time of year.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We have a tradition on the Winter Solstice to do a "giving tree" for the small animals. Peanuts butter pine cones rolled in seeds and nuts, popcorn balls, cranberries and other goodies to lay on the branches of a tree for the birds and squirrels.<br><br>
It always looks so pretty and when we check on it a month later, it's always empty. We do a ceremonial pipe with some lovely herb we get at our local herb and tincture shop and give thanks to the earth for all of it's gifts and for all we take from it. I really love this time of year.</div>
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Very cool! We do this with our holiday tree when we take it down. It's a nice way to give back I think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></span>
 

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Very cool! We do this with our holiday tree when we take it down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></span></div>
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Ohh, I like that too!
 

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Hehe...some others here already posted the suggestions I was going to make as far as websites to visit. On another forum here someone made the suggestion of making an ornament out of bio-degradeable clay and pressing seeds into it to be planted in the spring. I like that idea and think we're going to try it here this year if we can.We do the tree thing here too. It's one of my sons favorite traditions.<br>
Hey, been wondering about something for awhile. St. Lucia's day is on the 13th. Lucia translates to light and is almost exactly 12 days before "Christmas". In my dad's family we usually celebrated by having the youngest female wear a fire safe crown of lights and sing the traditional song while serving sweet cakes to everyone. Then everyone would go to have their candles blessed...we usually followed the youngest son (playing the part of a mischievous goblin) to the car for this. I know it comes from the Scandinavian region since that's where that tradition comes from in my dad's family.Does anyone here have any other info on where it might have started up? I know the supposed background of St. Lucia's Day but have rarely heard mention of the goblin (who's job is to tug hair, poke people and be a generally rambunctious little boy).
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Does anyone here have any other info on where it might have started up? I know the supposed background of St. Lucia's Day but have rarely heard mention of the goblin (who's job is to tug hair, poke people and be a generally rambunctious little boy).</div>
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Did a quick google search but no luck. I'll have to try again as you have me curious now. I helped a friend celebrate this at her unitarian church with the kids and it was interesting and beautiful.
 

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I just found this title today : <i><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSun-Mother-Wakes-World-Australian%2Fdp%2F0688139159%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1197068934%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Sun Mother Wakes the World</a></i><br><br>
It's a creation story from Australia.
 

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i love that book- we have it and it is just beautiful. thanks for this thread. some great suggestions for us to use here too! Celebrating the Great Mother and Sabbat Entertaining also have some good activities for kids/families for all the festivals.
 

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Here is a site for coloring pages that have fairies and goddess images:<br><a href="http://www.fairygardens.com/colorbook/colorbook.html" target="_blank">http://www.fairygardens.com/colorbook/colorbook.html</a><br><br>
another one;<br><a href="http://www.gardenfairy.com/coloringbook/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.gardenfairy.com/coloringbook/index.htm</a><br><br>
here is one for fantasy paper dolls, I know they have a winter wood nymph, maybe something else you could find useful:<br><a href="http://community.webshots.com/album/9799882UuciXWwlgv" target="_blank">http://community.webshots.com/album/9799882UuciXWwlgv</a>
 
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