Yule

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Yule
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Thu, 12-08-2011 - 3:01pm

Because I had children, for the

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Registered: 03-09-2001
In reply to: willow54sunset
Thu, 12-08-2011 - 3:16pm

Good for you! ;) I am glad are celebrating *your* holy day in your own way! ♥ We combine being a Pagan/Christian household. :p We do our decorating the weekend mid-month. I don't like having things up too early, as I do like to keep things up until after New Year's Day. We let our Christian extended family do their own spiritual practice, and my DD & I join our Wiccan Circle usually for spiritual observations for the Solstice & Yule. Or, if our Circle can't meet, I do it alone. The spiritual part is separate from the secular celebration for many, in any case. And those without a spiritual practice still celebrate secularly, with family & friends, gift giving, feasting. Winter holiday. Everyone can have a good time! :D It doesn't have to be a big power grab or territorial fight.


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 07-05-2007
In reply to: willow54sunset
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 7:07pm

We will be celebrating our first Yule this year.

This year is the first time I have decided to fully embrace what I love and not be afraid to express it. We will be making a Yule Log and burning it in the fireplace.

My husband, who is Buddhist, thinks this is a great idea. I can't wait to tell people how we will be celebrating. Especially when I get those who say "So you aren't getting a tree or presents or anything??". My response I plan on will go something like "Well actually we are getting a tree and giving presents and have you ever heard of how much the Catholic religion has taken from Pagan ways??". Should be fun - LOL

Blessed Be
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In reply to: willow54sunset
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 10:03pm

Thank you, Gypsy! Other than my children who live here, all of my family members reside in other states, so it's not like I have to deal with them in person. But I finished wrapping and boxing presents tonight, and will take the boxes to the post office on Monday. Like you, I did not want to get started on decorating too soon. It was either this Saturday or next, so I chose this one (which will be tomorrow). Then next week my son wants to go to the zoo, as they have it all lit up with lights and other decorations.

Peacefully,

Amelia

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In reply to: willow54sunset
Fri, 12-09-2011 - 10:08pm

That's great, Mary! It's funny (in a way) on how ignorant people are about the Christmas traditions and where they originated. I am getting my tree tomorrow and, hopefully, decorating it, too. But I am not hanging

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In reply to: willow54sunset
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 1:20pm

Sounds great everyone!

My Partner who is Christian (though not extreme) and had young children, is very into Christmas (though not in a religiou sense at all), so we celebrate that, but I always try to mark Yule, with burning a Yule Log and lighting bayberry candles.

Mostly I just like to reflect on the ending of the year and the starting of the new.

Blessed Yule to ALL!

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In reply to: willow54sunset
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 6:39pm

I'll be very thankfully to see the sun returning with some warmth with it ;)

Blessed Be
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In reply to: willow54sunset
Sat, 12-10-2011 - 7:31pm
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Blessings,

Gypsy

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