12 Days of Yuletide – day 11:

Day 11 of the Yuletide celebration is for “Bringing in the Boar.” There is a tradition dating back to the 15th Century of bringing in the head of a boar after the hunt; oaths were sworn on it, and they were as binding as any taken. On this night we are reminded of the strength…

12 Days of Yuletide – day 10:

Yuletide continues and on this tenth day we honor the Spirits of the Home and Hearth – asking them to watch over our home and tools and to light our way through the year to come. Work is customarily set aside for the Yuletide celebration, and as it draws to a close, this is the…

12 Days of Yuletide – day 9:

On The ninth day of Yule, we celebrate the green growing things of the season. In the North, we honor the evergreen, that stays green even as the rest of the world appears to die. Tonight, a candle is lit with thanks that life circles each year.  Those things that sleep in our gardens and…

12 Days of Yuletide – day 8:

The eighth day of Yule is traditionally titled a “Celebration of Snow.” We have had a warm wet winter, with no snow, barely even seeing temperatures drop below freezing.  We’ll remember how beautiful and still it was in the winter of 2016. . Even without a blanket of winter snow, nature goes through the same…

12 Days of Yuletide – day 7:

On this seventh day of Yuletide, tradition calls for the honoring of fools and the swapping of roles in the social order. This is a reminder that nature is always close to chaos and that shaking thing up can lead to important lessons.  We didn’t do much to honor this day for 2018, but it…

12 Days of Yuletide – day 6: The Spirit of Hospitality and of Giving

The sixth day of Yule is meant to honor the ideas of hospitality and giving – visiting and hosting friends and family and adding our energy and blessing to theirs. Tonight we hosted family at our annual Julebord – a family feast of smoked and cured meats, cheeses, dried nuts and fruits, lefse, krumkake, and…

Noah’s Liege Waffles for Yuletide

Ingerdients 3/4 c warm milk 1 1/2 T sugar 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 t) 3 cups flour 1/2 t salt 1 t vanilla 3 eggs 3/4 cups melted butter 1/5 cup pearl sugar In a small bowl, heat the milk to about 100 degrees F.  Sprinkle over the yeast and white sugar and let…

12 Days of Yuletide – day 5: Honoring Alfar

Yesterday, the fifth day of Yuetide is dedicated to the Alfar, the male ancestors home and hearth. I lit a candle to honor my ancestors – – many people even leave out a little offering for the most well-known of the elves tonight. My husband’s late grandfather Ivar was from Norway. He made lefse and…

12 Days of Yuletide – day 4: Nature Spirits

On Day 4 of Yule we honor the spirits of nature. Traditionally, symbols and figures of Nature Spirits are brought into the house during the winter. I like to offer birdseed and suet to the birds on our land. Ideas: Set up bird feeders Go for a walk in nature bring evergreens into the house

12 Days of Yuletide – day 3: Winter Wanders

The Winter Wanderer The cold wind blows beyond my doorstep, But here, the flame is bright and true. May I hear the knock of joyful travelers, Who honor Old Ways as we here do. Tonight, on the third day of Yule, we will be honoring the archetypal Wanderer. The wander travel through life seeking knowledge…