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December Moon

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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.

Birdseed Wreath

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.

Donate blood.

Red CrossYou 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;

Click Here for December 2016 Wallpaper. You can download the file by clicking the icon near the upper right corner of screen.

What are your best traditions for celebrating December? Post in comments.

 

 

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Samhain: Honoring the dead

IMG00100Most pagans know of Samhain as a time of the year where we honor those who passed on before us.

Some traditions include lighting candles to represent each person who died this passing year. Others might set photos or mementos of loved ones, sharing stories of them on Samhain.

One year, my study group decided to include not just those who passed on, but other symbolic deaths, so we might reflect on them. One man shared the death of his marriage (divorce) while another shared the death of a job. This might also remind us that death can also offer rebirth, and the Wheel of the Year turns to another cycle.

Some ideas to honor the dead:

  • Share stories. I’ve always felt this it the most powerful way to honor those who passed on, by sharing memories of them.
  • Share songs. If you know favorite songs or music, share in ritual to honor those who passed on.
  • Hang photos, ribbons, or ornaments that represent the dead.
  • Offer prayers, thanks, and offerings. You can offer to honor them by making a promise you’ll keep in the coming year. For instance, I might promise to donate to veterans to honor my grandfather who was a veteran of WWII. I could make an offering of charity or good dead, to promise to quit smoking or take care of a family member to honor them.

What traditions do you partake in for Samhain to honor the dead? Share in comments below.

Whatcha doin for Yule fun?

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One of the best things about the month of December is celebrating an entire season. It’s not just a single-day holiday, but weeks you get to celebrate and do fun things.

My family celebrates both Yule and Christmas. We do the usual stuff like bake cookies and decorate the tree, but my group will also plan and celebrate the Yule ritual as well.

Here are a few ideas I’ll be sharing;

  • Make offerings through the winter months for our feathered/furry friends.  You can put fruit, seeds, peanut butter, cereal, etc on string or wire and hang on the trees outside.
  • Consider all-night vigils, and plan for songs, story-telling, games, etc. Light candles and share the light/warmth with one another.
  • Watch the sun rise at dawn on Yule

These are just some ideas. Post your ideas in comments.

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