December Moon falls on December 13, 2016 this year, known as Full Cold Moon or Long Nights Moon. This marks we are full in the winter season and endure the cold months ahead.
In this month, we’ll see the Winter Solstice or Yule on December 21st. This marks the shortest day of the year, and from here on out, we’ll see the days lengthen in light.
Some fun activities you might enjoy:
Create a Yule Log. The history of the Yule log dates back to the 17th century Europe. This is great if you have a fire pit or fireplace to burn it, but you can do something similar with creating a Yule log cake.
History of the Yule Log
Classic Yule Log Recipe from Allrecipes.com
Make food offerings for Nature. Make seed, fruit, and other foodstuffs for the animals as they survive the Winter. You can also add blessings and wishes to your feeders.
Yule Ornament Feeders for the birds
Winter Bird Feeder made from snow
Make donations: This time of year many organizations are looking for people to volunteer and help out.
Donate food to local food pantry.
Run a food and fund drive.
What to give to a food pantry.
Red Cross– You can donate blood, money, or even your time.
These are just some ideas for celebrating December. I’ve also made a free desktop wallpaper to my viewers. This is a 1920 x 1080 BMP file you can set for your desktop wallpaper. (Click here to see how to download and set the wallpaper for PC) Click below for the file;
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What are your best traditions for celebrating December? Post in comments.
I like these ideas by The White Witch Parlour on Youtube. I want to do the counting blessings idea, but will use a jar specific for this use. I’ll post when its complete.
What are your favorite traditions? Post in comments.
This is the month of Corn Moon, marking the time of year for harvests. It’s also known as Sturgeon Moon, Blueberry Moon, and Full Green Corn Moon; all marking the importance of abundance with food.
Some August Activities:
Have a feast. This is the most traditional (and fun) activity to have in any month to celebrate harvests. Have a potluck and invite friends/family to share in the bounty.
Clearing out clutter. This is a great time to clean off your alter and switch to an autumn theme. This sort of activity also should include cleansing of tools, to clean physically as well as spiritually.
When cleaning out alter tools, you might want to see if items need a new home. Things I don’t use often find themselves to someone else who needs them.
Try baking something new. The act of baking, mixing, measuring, and stirring can add magic to our food.
Add sigils to pie crusts (for fruit or pot pies)
Make a bread cornucopia– A fun way to serve bread. This is the ‘horn of plenty’, a symbol of abundance and nourishment. Fill with produce, nuts, and flowers.
Offer sacrifices. Making offering can be anything from a libation poured on the ground thanking the gods, but consider these ideas;
- Volunteer to help others to honor the god/dess
- Make promises to them for a month such as being kind to others, giving money to a jar you’ll give to charity, etc.
- Burn incense in their honor with a prayer of gratitude
- Food, which was very popular in Greek/Roman times. Make the food yourself such as pastries or herb mixes, and leave out as offerings.
- Songs, dance, art- I went to a pagan festival and a woman gave a song she wrote herself as an offering. Another woman offered a lovely dance. Others left notes of promises they would keep as offerings.
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