Monday 22 December 2008

Blessed Yule

As I write this I'm also watching the sun slowly raise up through the cold air. It is a wonderful sight, and everything is glittering like diamonds.

I had fully intended to write something yesterday, but as is often the case on Yule day life and the universe was a little busy. Let me invite every in and spend a couple minutes describing the Yule traditions of my family. They start on Yule eve when we open the traditional movie gift from my mother. Then while the house is being cleaned and things are being prepared for the next day we watch a couple of movies. This year the selections included 'What a girl wants' and 'Four Christmases'

By the time the movies end it is just my wife and I left in the room and we take the time to get the stuff done that couldn't be done with others around. This year we got sucked into '8 Crazy night' by 1 am the movie was over and we were confident that things were ready enough. So it was off to bed. Staying up late the night before Yule makes it so much easier for me to go to sleep in the end. Otherwise I'd end up awake all night

Morning comes far to quickly for us with our eldest daughter her husband and our grandson arriving at 8 in the morning to start the day with presents and a big breakfast. The rest of the afternoon is spent playing around with new things. This year we played a new board game my son-in-law got called Heroscape, it was an interesting little game, then watched a few more movies as well, while preparing for dinner that night and having a good time as a family.

For the past 17 plus years my wife has hosted the annual Yule Dinner Pot luck. Over the years it has been everything from a small intimiate dinner with 10 people to a forty person monster sized event. The latter was standing room only and we had people using the stairs to the second floor has chairs it was a strange sight to see 6 people lined up in a row eating dinner that way. This year it was about average in size and had about 25 people out or so. A couple of first timers as well. I always find it a little entertaining to watch them as more and more people arrive. Most people are not expecting anything that size.

The alter is lit and so is the Yule log ushering in Peace, love and wealth into the new year. A feast is server (I have left overs for days) presents are opened (We do a secret Yule King exchange) and much fun and conversation is had by all. Until the group slowly shrinks down in size with people gradually heading out. It is a wonderful evening with friends, and family

I hope you all had as an exciting an evening as I did.

Blessed Yule Everyone.


KrisMrsBBradley said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate! Glad you had a nice solstice.

On a side note, I have the exact same stag candle holder that you have on your altar, but in silver! He always comes out for the solstice!

Mama Kelly said...

Joyous Yule to you and yours.

Mama Kelly