Sunday, December 5, 2010

Day 5 of AishaOaktree's 21 days of YULE blog party

Each day for the next 16 days, I will be sharing  either some legends, myths, devotions, my own thoughts perhaps a recipe or 2 on my blog for Aisha's YULE Blog Party at By The Broomstick.
Please visit the other blogs that are participating(above)

I am still a newb, learning. Therefore any legend, myth, devotion etc. will be coming from someplace I read it, and I will be giving credit to the right people.

ADDITIONALLY, I have a small gift tree that has a some ornaments on it, but it also has 21 little gift bags or envelopes that are numbered 1-21.  Each day I will pick a winner from the comments for that day.  These giveaways are priced from $1-$5, and there are a few are like booby prizes...I am doing this FOR FUN!!

*be a follower
*tell me something about that day's post that means something to you, or touches you etc.
*list your name
*pick a number from 1-21*  (*each day obviously there will be numbers listed as OUT, it will be your responsibility to pay attention to each day's posts, to see the number that is no longer available)

Picture of gift tree not ready, will add asap
You can't see the gifts anyway, they are wrapped and in bags, or just there#s are in the bags or envelopes.   NO ONE from DAY ONE picked a #, so I asked hubby to pick one and I could take it out of the running...that # is the pick a number between 1-21 except for 11, 5, 7 & 9.

I only allow 24 hours per post for picking numbers, comments always accepted :), but picking a # must be in the first 24 hours after I post each day!
Ritual and Ceremony
When it comes time to celebrate Yule, there are a variety of ways you can mark the winter solstice. Start by setting up a Yule altar of your own, and then begin planning rituals for your family or friends. Here are some ideas for ritual celebrations that signify the longest night of the year.
Decorate your Yule altar with symbols of the season -- candles, suns, evergreen boughs, and even Santa Claus!   
 © Patti Wigington 2007

Set up a Yule altar for your rituals. 
Yule is the time of year when Pagans and Wiccans celebrate the Winter Solstice. If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, this will be on around December 21, but if you're below the Equator, your Yule celebration will fall in June. This Sabbat is considered the longest night of the year, and following Yule, the sun begins its long journey back to earth. Try some or even all of these ideas -- obviously, space may be a limiting factor for some, but use what calls to you most.

Colors of the Season:
Winter is here, and even if the snow hasn't fallen yet, there's a definite chill in the air. Use cold colors to decorate your altar, such as blues and silvers and whites. Also find ways to include the reds, whites and greens of the season. Evergreen boughs never go out of style, so add some dark greens as well. Cover your altar with a cloth in a cool color, and then add candles in a variety of different wintery shades. Use candles in silvers and golds -- and sparkle is always good too!
Symbols of Winter:
Yule is a Sabbat that reflects the return of the sun, so add solar symbols to your altar. Gold discs, yellow candles, anything bright and shiny can represent the sun. Some people even get a large pillar candle, inscribe it with solar symbols, and designate it as their sun candle. You can also add evergreen boughs, sprigs of holly, pinecones, a Yule log, and even Santa Claus. Consider antlers or reindeer, along with other symbols of fertility.
Other Signs of the Season:
There's no limit to the number of things you can put on your Yule altar, as long as you've got the space. Consider some of these items as part of your Sabbat decor:
  • Fruit and nuts
  • Mistletoe
  • Snowflakes, icicles, even a bowl of snow
  • Candy canes
  • Bells
  • Sun Wheels


Beadwright said...

Susan, this is a lovely post. Thank you so much.

Faerie Sage said...

What a lovely post, I always love the season and all the wonderful colors which come with it. I have to say while Santa for my alter is always possible I often use images of the Grinch :) this is for when I am trying to change or improve my situation, If the Grinch could change that much so could I! I Guess I am supposed to pick a number too right? Um 8! Love your blog and all your yuletide spirit!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Super post! We used to have a yule log with candles when I was little and we lived in England.

The Princess said...

Good post, I am getting caught up on all my blog readings - been crazy busy with work. As for Yule I normally have a little 8" tree decorated with a lot of tiny rice lights. But in general, I don't do anything special for my altar. If I am not too late, I pick 21.

Susan said...

No more # picking for this post.
Thanks, Susan

PS...comments still welcome