Yule calendar 2.0

Published December 1, 2016 by Lunapo

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Within each box is a slip of paper explaining the significance of each day and an activity to go along with the significance. This year, to align with the Solstice on the 21st, while keeping Oath Night on the 31st, we have the following order:

20 Thor

21 High feast, Heimdall

22 Frigg

23 Ullr

24 Odin

25 Family

26 Community

27 Fathers

28 Sun

29 Ancestors

30 Elementals

31 Oath night

This day of Yule is dedicated to Thor and the extremes in life- elation and sorrow, heat and cold, fire and ice. As we pass through Yule and head deeper into the cold, we move further away from the balance between heat and cold and delve farther into the cold. To acknowledge the extremes between us, we will watch a version of A Christmas Carol and witness the extremes between Bob Cratchit and Ebenezer Scrooge.

This day of Yule the night of the solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year. This is the night when, if it is destined to be, Ragnarok will unfold. Heimdal will blow his horn to signal the beginning of the end and the Gods will perish at the hands of the Giants. However, if we don’t hear the horn and Ragnarok does not come to pass, we celebrate 12 months of continued life. Tonight is the High Feast with kith and kin to celebrate the past year and the year to come. We will also open gifts.

This night is mother’s night, sacred to Frigg and all mothers. Tonight is the night where we will together participate in an activity of Mom’s choosing.

This day is dedicated to Skadi and Ullr, gods of winter and cold. To honor them, their domain, and the beginning of the winter, we will make snow men out of cardboard tubes and cotton balls.

Tonight is the Wild Hunt, when Odin, on his eight-legged horse Sleipnir, sweeps through the night sky looking for souls to bring back with him to Asgard to join his army in preparation for the chance of Ragnarok next year. While riding around, Odin would leave gifts for children and they, in return would leave food or Sleipnir. Who we know as Santa today riding on his sleigh pulled by reindeer was originally Odin, riding on Sleipnir, his eight-legged horse. To honor the Wild Hunt and Odin’s travels, we will hunker down in the house and enjoy How The Grinch Stole Christmas

This day is dedicated to kin and is spent in the company of loved ones, encompassing family through the generations. We will spend this day with family exchanging gifts and enjoying food.

As yesterday was dedicated to kin and those of blood relation, today is dedicated to community and those who we live, work, and play with in our neighborhood. To honor our community, we deliver food to the local food bank to help community members who don’t have enough money to buy food.

This night is father’s night, sacred to Odin and all fathers. Tonight is the night where we will together participate in an activity of Dad’s choosing.

This day is dedicated to the Sun. The solstice has passed, and the light is beginning to increase. The days will continue to grow longer and the nights shorter as spring is coming. In preparation for spring, we will plant some flowers which will bloom in the spring.

This day is dedicated to our ancestors, family who has come before us. To honor this day, we will look at family albums and discuss our heritage and our lineage.

This day is dedicated to elementals and the Natural and Spiritual elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. To honor this day, we will make totems to represent each element to display.

This night is Oath Night, an ancient tradition of pledging a promise to yourself or to others. Presently, it is made to set a goal for the coming year. Tonight, we will each make a pledge to ourselves, to each other, or a goal to accomplish for the coming year. We will keep our pledges in a jar on the mantle to remind us of what we want to accomplish.

Inside each box, in addition to the slip of paper, is a small treat, one for each of my Little Witches. I made use of Halloween candy. 

Really looking forward to the Yuletide season!

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