Yule Advent Calendar- Ideas
In trying to put together a Yule Advent Calendar (and mentally block out all the commercial BS!) , I’m looking around at other folks’ practices. Beth like me, enjoys adapting medieval holidays to her own purposes.
Being a god-wife of Odin, she has strong opinions about how Yule should be celebrated!
Beth starts her Yule season with Michaelmas (Sept 29) which she re-names Valfather’s Day, as St. Michael is identified with Woden. Michael is identified with Lugh in Gaelic tradition, and there are some Scottish traditions associated with it, so I will keep it as a Gaelic holiday. I also wouldn’t *think* of starting the Yule season til after Thanksgiving- heck, I insist on waiting til December. American capitalism would have the Christmas season start right after Labor Day!
Then of course there’s Winternights/Samhain,
then Martinmas & Einherjar (Veteran’s Day) on November 11th– Dver has a nice post about her celebration of Martinmas as well. Mariah the semi-pacifist who feels awkward on Vet’s Day likes this idea!
Part 4: December Madness– way more holidays! I’ve always wanted to do St. Lucia’s Day! Who cares if I’m not Swedish!
Old Norse Yule Celebration- Myth & Ritual– very interesting website was recommended by my rune teacher, Kari Tauring. Whoa! Lotta info there! Yule was actually the name of the time between the Winter Solstice and the Jolablot- Winter Sacrifice on Jan. 12th.
Yule Series- Medieval traditions from Dec. 26-Jan 6th (1st 4 days).
Orkneyjar- Yule traditions from the Orkney Isles (Scottish-Norse blend) If I remember correctly, my friend Robert said he was interested in Orkney traditions.
Next I will paste these dates together and we all get to decide which ones we want to celebrate!