We began our preparations with paper craft.
getting messy with glitter,
tearing, cutting, glueing,
and expressing our love of winter, and the rebirth of the sun.
We strung popcorn necklaces for ourselves and to dress our Yule tree, and then late into the night before Yule I finished knitting warm winter gifts,
and wrapped all the children’s goodies.
The children woke us early on Yule morning, urging us out of bed, and so began the day of celebration!
After lighting a candle, sharing a poem and reading the tale Mother Holle, the children unwrapped their gifts and were busily lost to enjoyment.
Then after breakfast and saying goodbye to their dad who was off to work, we slathered pine cones in peanut butter,
rolled them in bird seed,
and hung our newly made bird feeders in the trees.
Later in the day we gathered rocks and bark, and made a cave for Mother Earth and the newly born sun in our garden.
A place of honour awaiting the darkness……….
With Dad back home we shared a candlelit dinner of root veg and bean soup, with sourdough toast. Then with torches and careful steps, carried figures we had formed out of modelling wax (Mother earth, baby father sun, a rock giant, and a little elf), animals, incense, and candles, out to the cave to bless the rebirth of the sun after the longest night.
Then back inside to the warmth to make golden syrup dumplings,
and fiery sun pom poms!
Our Yule tree brought cheer to our home for a week or so, before it was undressed and returned to the elements in our home fire.
Our Yuletide days have been blessed by busy days, warm fires, refreshing walks, wet puddles, cozy evenings on the lounge, and tinkling fairy bells blooming on our roadside, how about yours?