Question of the Week #11 – Blessed Yule

Blessed Yule everyone, I hope you are all having as wonderful of a day as I am. As you read this my house his filled with family, friends and the smells that come along with cooking food.  In my family Yule has completely replaced Christmas, we do gather family and friends, we celebrate the return of the Sun God, we feast, and we share in our own wealth and abundance.  It is without a doubt one of my favorite times of the year.

 I’m always fascinated by the different ways people spend their Yule.  Some people treat it like another day celebrating only the exact moment of the Solstice. Others celebrate with ruckus party, while to some it is a solemn occasion. The differences cover the gambit from one end of the spectrum all the way to the other. 

How do you celebrate Yule? Is it a solemn private ritual, a grand feast or somewhere in between? 

 As I wrote this I just realized that this question will be posted to the internet and that the people who read it are all around the world.  So there is the very real possibility that you won’t be celebrating Yule at all.  So Blessed Mid-Summer, how are you celebrating your holiday? Oh and are you sick of people forgetting that you do things at different times of the year?

4 comments for “Question of the Week #11 – Blessed Yule

  1. December 21, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    You’re right, today, in Brazil, I’m celebrating Litha! :o) Had a sweet breakfast picnic with my little son outdoor, and he made a Greenman mask to play around. Later in the evening we’ll perform our little ritual indoor, and also a cleansing ritual just in case…

    Yule next year will be a simple one as well, as usual, I handmake a gift for my son, and we decorate our small Yule tree, etc.

    Wish you a blessed Yule time!

    Kisses from Nydia.
    .-= Nydia´s last blog ..Litha on the corner =-.

  2. inannasstar
    December 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I celebrate Yule by focusing more on the shortest day of the year/dark aspect rather than the return of the sun Solar aspect. In that respect, my favorite time of the day is twilight. At that time, my family gathers around our Wheel Altar and light the candles. Sometimes I will light my own spell candles ahead of time so I can have more focus (we have a little one so it’s nearly impossible to “focus” while he’s excited about the lights and candles). We have our Yule dinner (usually something very hearty and prepared in the crock-pot, this year it’s Goulash) and dessert (usually cookies and this year homemade gingerbread) and we each open one gift in celebration of the rebirth of the Sun. The gift is usually homemade, a card or something small, it’s the thought not the “size/price”. It is a very quiet occasion, but my favorite part of the day is probably preparing our dinner and dessert in the quiet solitude of my kitchen.

    We celebrate Christmas as well (basically for our son who still believes in Santa and our main focus is on Santa) because I NEVER want Yule to be about giving/getting presents but more about the darkness vs. light aspect of the wheel.

    Blessed Yule

  3. December 21, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    My blog has the gingerbread recipe for anyone interested.

    .-= inannasstar´s last blog ..Yule Gingerbread =-.

  4. January 24, 2010 at 2:23 am

    My blog has the gingerbread recipe for anyone interested.

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