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11-12-2011, 04:47 AM
Hi everyone!

I have officially called myself pagan/wiccan for nearly three, maybe four years now, but it is my first time officially celebrating Yule as an occasion. I'm very excited about it, and my mother and I got our tree today under the full moon (well, we went to the store and bought one but it was still a full moon!)

We brought it home and set it up; we also set up our old artificial pre-lit optic tree. We're having a more secular, (to us) traditional christianized tree with our artificial one, mostly because we grew up with these traditions. We are saving our live tree for more natural ornaments (pine cones, holly, mistletoe, etc) and no lights.

I like the fact that we're incorporating old traditions, christian or not, in with what we hope will be new traditions starting this year! Tomorrow we're gathering some nature-based ornaments, and in a few days I'm going to buy some cloth to make little bags with, and some other things to make a few craft ornaments with.

What are some special memories that you have this time of year?

11-12-2011, 05:19 AM

Well last year was my first time going on a train ride acoss to NY and my first trip by my self xD I felt like I acoplished a lot just by doing that. :D

11-12-2011, 08:20 AM
Yule celebrates the Rebirth of the Sun, rebirth, and life through death. So, I will greet the Sun when/if it rises :D

11-12-2011, 01:16 PM

Well last year was my first time going on a train ride acoss to NY and my first trip by my self xD I felt like I acoplished a lot just by doing that. :D

lol - I know exactly how you felt Zoclora. I took a plane trip to NYC all by myself in Feb. 1973 for the second ever Star Trek convention. Even though I was 21, it was an all new experience for me. then I made the mistake of going with some new-found friends at the convention to see the new movie The Exorcist. scared the hell out of me. Even tho I had left the xian church and was studying the occult, I still had those "fire and brimstone" fears of the devil from growing up a good little Catholic girl. -- my first night in a hotel room, in a strange city, all by myself - I didn't sleep a wink! - now it's one of my favorite movies! And although I scared the hell out of myself - I was excited for my acomplishment.

I have many good memories of this season, both from the xian Christmas celebrations and later, my Yule celebrations.

About 10 years ago, I found a small artificial tree, about 3 feet high, in a pretty white, splashed with gold, urn. The tree came pre-decorated with lights, and decorations - "jeweled" fruit. I have added through the years, additional decorations, silver stars, pinecones, acorns, leaves. I found a midnight-blue tree skirt that was decorated with silver stars. When I saw it, I thought "How Wiccan is that - it's decorated with pentacles!"

Since I live in the city, and I don't have a fireplace, I can't do anything as far as burning a Yule log. - So I just light a candle and do my own thing.

11-12-2011, 02:02 PM
Here are some Yule traditions you may not know. :)

Happy Winter Solstice :)

In Europe, Pagans in the past did not cut down evergreen trees, bring them into their homes and decorate them. That would have been far too destructive of nature. But during the Roman celebration of the feast of Saturnalia, Pagans did decorate their houses with clippings of evergreen shrubs. They also decorated living trees with bits of metal and replicas of their God, Bacchus.

Celebrate Yule with a series of rituals, feasts, and other activities. In most ancient cultures, the celebration lasted more than a day. The ancient Roman Saturnalia festival sometimes went on for a week. Have Winter Solstice Eve and Day be the central focus for your household, and conceptualize other holiday festivities, including New Year's office parties and Christmas visits with Christian relatives, as part of your Solstice celebration. By adopting this perspective, Pagan parents can help their children develop an understanding of the multicultural and interfaith aspects of this holiday time and view "Christmas" as just another form of Solstice. Have gift exchanges and feasts over the course of several days and nights as was done of old. Party hearty on New Year's Eve not just to welcome in the new calendar year, but also to welcome the new solar year.

Adorn the home with sacred herbs and colors. Decorate your home in Druidic holiday colors red, green, and white. Place holly, ivy, evergreen boughs, and pine cones around your home, especially in areas where socializing takes place. Hang a sprig of mistletoe above a major threshold and leave it there until next Yule as a charm for good luck throughout the year. Have family/household members join together to make or purchase an evergreen wreath. Include holiday herbs in it and then place it on your front door to symbolize the continuity of life and the wheel of the year. If you choose to have a living or a harvested evergreen tree as part of your holiday decorations, call it a Solstice tree and decorate it with Pagan symbols.

Reclaim Santa Claus as a Pagan Godform. Today's Santa is a folk figure with multicultural roots. He embodies characteristics of Saturn (Roman agricultural god), Cronos (Greek god, also known as Father Time), the Holly King (Celtic god of the dying year), Father Ice/Grandfather Frost (Russian winter god), Thor (Norse sky god who rides the sky in a chariot drawn by goats), Odin/Wotan (Scandinavian/Teutonic All-Father who rides the sky on an eight-legged horse), Frey (Norse fertility god), and the Tomte (a Norse Land Spirit known for giving gifts to children at this time of year). Santa's reindeer can be viewed as forms of Herne, the Celtic Horned God. Decorate your home with Santa images that reflect His Pagan heritage.

Honor the new solar year with light. Do a Solstice Eve ritual in which you meditate in darkness and then welcome the birth of the sun by lighting candles and singing chants and Pagan carols. If you have a indoor fireplace or an outdoor fire circle, burn an oak log as a Yule log and save a bit to start next year's fire. Decorate the inside and/or outside of your home with electric colored lights. Because of the popularity of five pointed stars as holiday symbols, this is a good time to display a pentagram of blue or white lights.

Contribute to the manifestation of more wellness on Planet Earth. Donate food and clothing to poor in your area. Volunteer time at a social service agency. Put up bird feeders and keep them filled throughout the winter to supplement the diets of wild birds. Donate funds and items to non-profit groups, such as Pagan/Wiccan churches and environmental organizations. Meditate for world peace. Work magic for a healthier planet. Make a pledge to do some form of good works in the new solar year.

13-12-2011, 05:20 AM
Thanks everyone for the wishes :)

My mother and I had a live tree last year, and we kept the trunk from it to decorate and burn for this year. We brought it with us during our move after the holidays last year, so we will burn it in thanks for the new home and to ask that we may stay. I really would like to plant my own evergreen, but even if I planted a young one this year, it would be a while before it grew very large.

I would really like to have friends over for a Yuletide feast, as well. Since we still have to celebrate Christmas with our family, (and this year I have my dad's family to visit as well) my holidays are quite crunched n_n;

We are creating a door hanging with one of the low, weak branches we had to cut from the tree. We will show it as much care as we do our tree!

Laura- thank you :) I did some searching with your suggestions and created some sun wheels/Odin's Wheel as part of our ornaments. Tomorrow I attach the holly and pinecones to our decorations

norseman- I agree! There's always the 'if' factor lol

Zoclora - wow, I don't think I could do that solo! I'd have to have someone with me (mostly 'cause I get lost around my own hometown)

LadyMoondancer- completely off topic but OMG You went to the 73 Star Trek con??? Was it just totally awesome?? (I haven't had a chance to go to one yet D: )

13-12-2011, 05:52 PM
LadyMoondancer- completely off topic but OMG You went to the 73 Star Trek con??? Was it just totally awesome?? (I haven't had a chance to go to one yet D: )
yes completely off topic, and yes - it WAS awesome - are you a Trekker? I head up a local fan group, called the USS Ari. my facebook is listed here on my profile, and I have some pictures from our group in one of my photo albums. come and visit and freind me.:hug2: