Yule

Yule 2015

I prepare my pork roast with rosemary, honey, and leeks. I'll also prepare a side with apples and walnuts. With a few other dishes, I prepare to celebrate Yule. These old-styled foods are a great way to celebrate That Which Has Passed and looking forward to That Which Will Come to Be. It is Yule.

End of Yule 2014

You've made it to the last night of Yule for this year. By now, you have spent evenings praising the Gods, your ancestors, your spouse/partner/lover, your offspring (real or hoped for), the Elves, and all the things you've eaten or plan to eat. So, what's next?

Second Night of Yule 2014

You have made it to the second night of Yule. It seems like Mother Night gets all the attention, but what about these other nights? Well, they are part of the holiday as well. Here is a suggestion if you don't have other plans.

Different groups have different ways to celebrate the various nights of Yule, so if you have an alternative practice don't be offended. The second night is a good night to think about Those Who Have Gone Before. That's a fancy way of saying ancestors.

Mother Night 2014

Yule supper of sausage, cheese, bread, apples, walnuts, and hazel nuts (filberts).

The winter solstice brings the start of Yule and, of course, Mother Night. This is a night to celebrate our mother Earth and the all the blessings we have received over the past year. So how does one go about doing that?

The easiest thing to do is to actually write a list of all the good stuff that has happened to you and those you care about. If you try, you can probably find quite a few pleasant events and occurrences. If you are really stumped, write down that you are still breathing and will have the chance for things to get better in the coming year.

Getting Ready for Yule 2014

I hope you are all having fun getting ready for Yule. If can be stressful for non-Christians to put up with the constant bombardment of Christmas stuff, but knowing what Yule is all about makes it better. You can also take heart in the fact that Yule is not about a shopping feeding frenzy.

This Sunday, December 21, is Mother Night. It is the Winter Solstice and the start of Yule. Depending on your group, this may either be a night of feasting or it might be a simple fair in preparation for the belt-tightening of the Wolf Season (winter).

The Upcoming Yule

Lately, several questions have come in about the upcoming Yule. Seeing so many questions on the same subject in such quick succession looks a little like a sign that I need to write something on the subject. So, if you are interested, here are things to know about Yule.

Second Half of Yule 2013

Now, half of this year's Yule celebration is over. It is typical to spend the first half thinking of the things that you have done in the previous year and how those things have gotten you to where you are now. For the second half, it is time to plan for the future.

End of Yule

As we approach the end of Yule, we prepare to start a new year. As you close out your celebrations, it is time to include some planning.

The end of Yule is usually accompanied by a feast. This is a celebration of the lengthening days. We acknowledge that the warmth of the sun is returning. We celebrate a world reborn. Are you reborn as well?

Winter Solstice 2012

Today is the Winter Solstice, that shortest of days and longest of nights. It is also the traditional start of Yule. It is time to think about the previous year and contemplate where to go in the next.

If your climate is amenable to such things, the Winter Solstice happens in winter and most of nature looks a bit dead. We know that it is not dead, of course, but is merely sleeping. Most of the plants and animals entered a dormant state or shuffled off to warmer climes. There, they wait.

Yule is Coming!

Yule is a time to celebrate the cycle of the year and the chance for new beginnings. When the Earth goes to ground in the dark of the Solstice, we trust that the Sun will return and bring with it growth and renewal. It is a time for new beginnings! Do you celebrate Yule? If so, please tell us about it in the forum.

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