Day 6: Crafts & Creations
Decorate a Yule Log
The tradition of the Yule log goes back for centuries, and is something many Pagan and Wiccan families still practice today. Making a Yule log is a great opportunity to stop and reflect about what this holiday season actually means to you... Read More
Make a Pagan Nativity Scene For Yule
Feeling left out because your neighbors all have little baby Jesus displays on their front lawn? Don't worry -- just because you're Pagan or Wiccan doesn't mean you can't have fun decorating. Here are some ideas for how to create a "nativity scene" of your own, by following Pagan themes instead... Read More
Yule Herbal Sachet
This simple sachet is easy to make, and you can use it either as a decorative item or give as a gift. Blend equal parts of these traditional winter herbs and enjoy the scent of Yule all over the house... Read More
Winter Nights Incense
Make this loose incense blend that will evoke the scents of the season. Burn during your Yule rituals and ceremonies, or for any other occasion this holiday season! Read More
Make Your Own Ornaments
Salt dough is versatile and easy to make, and allows you to create ornaments in just about any shape you like. If you'd like to have some fun and create stars, moons, or anything else, just whip up a batch and start cutting them out. Once they've dried, paint magical symbols on them and hang them up for Yule. If you enjoy this project, try the easy Pinecone Ornaments or Pentacle Ornaments as well!
Yule Simmering Potpourri
You can bring the scents of the Yule season into your home by blending up your own batch of potpourri. Keep it in a Mason jar so it will stay fresh. To use, simply scoop the mix into a small pot, and cover with a few inches of water. If you're feeling really crafty, make a big batch, divide into several jars, and then tie with a decorative ribbon or piece of raffia. Add a note card, and give as gifts for your friends at Yule! Read More
Earth-Friendly Reindeer Food
If your family still gets visits from Santa Claus, it's traditional to leave out a plate of cookies and some milk for him -- after all, it's hard work flying around the whole world in one night. But what about his reindeer? They do most of the work, so why not leave a treat for them too? You can scatter it on the lawn before your kids go to bed, or leave it in a bowl near the stockings... Read More
Tomorrow: Your Yule Celebration
Tomorrow, we'll wrap things up talking about feasting and food, and some great ideas to share with your guests at your Yule celebration!
A Sunset Prayer for Yule
Set aside some time to meditate upon the meaning of this time of year, and what it signifies for you and your life.
The longest night has come once more,
the sun has set, and darkness fallen.
The trees are bare, the earth asleep,
and the skies are cold and black.
Yet tonight we rejoice, in this longest night,
embracing the darkness that enfolds us.
We welcome the night and all that it holds,
as the light of the stars shines down.
Make those long winter nights a little more refreshing with some freshly blended incense. Put together a batch of Winter Nights Yule Incense, and burn it during rituals, or just to make your home smell comforting in the cold of winter.