Saturday December 23, 2006
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
at Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve
13 miles west of Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
Yule Tree Decorating, Yuletide Crafts & Music, Yule at Home Workshop, Community Ritual, Storytelling, Gift Exchange, Potluck Feast & Merry Making
11 AM: Community Yuletide Spirit Activities
Trim the tree: Help decorate the community tree, place your gift for the Magical Gift Exchange under it. Place your Yule Food Drive Donations in the boxes under the tree.
Craft: Making Tree Ornaments: Create your own Solstice ornament with ribbons, feathers, beads, and other crafting supplies. Hang them on the tree for the festival then take them home so you can take some of the magic back to your own tree.
Yuletide Caroling: Sing old tunes with a Pagan twist while enjoying holiday snacks.
1 PM: Yuletide Wreath Lore & Magic by Selena Fox
Learn about the symbology, lore, and spiritual uses of wreaths to celebrate Yule in the past and present.
2:30 PM: Yule Log Ritual with Windwalker, Selena Fox, and others
4 PM: Magical Gift Exchange with Father Yule and Windwalker
Bring a wrapped gift to receive a gift! Children's gift circle will be followed by the adult gift circle.
5 PM: Potluck Feast
Feast on amazing foods and beverages contributed by our wonderful community.
7 PM: Clean-ups and Departures
- 3 or more cans of food to donate to Circle's annual food drive
- Magical gift to exchange: please write your name and something about the spiritual significance of the gift on a card (so that the receiver of your gift can thank you) and wrap the card and the gift in opaque paper (that can't be seen through)
- Contribution for potluck feast. See details: www.circlesanctuary.org/events/potluck.html
- Bell to ring during the ritual
- Stone for the Stone Circle (optional)
- Dress in holiday colors (red, green, or white), if you want.
- Snacks (optional) for the social hour at the beginning of the day.