One of the most common questions we get asked is how to get through “Christmas” when you are not a Christian. Well just take a look at what are considered the general trappings of “Christmas” and you will find that it all has origins in the pre-Christian past of our folk.
Here at Acorn Hollow, we pride ourselves in the “Tried and True” crafts. Below are some great examples of our members’ creations. If you have some pictures of your creations, please share, and if we don’t have the craft yet, …
Sometimes the best part of a gift is the wrapping! One of our commenters offered up some great ideas, and we thought it would be great to share a little “how to” so folks can recreate these fun wrapping ideas this year. Thank you “Frau Williams” for offering these great ideas and sharing them with our Folk!
A great way to create some unique personalized ornaments for a Yule tree is to utilize hot glue. This is a very flexible craft where you can make snowflakes, runes, ancient symbols, etc…
These recipes are from one of our Swiss members. Thank you Hariulf OR for sharing these recipes with Acorn Hollow!
Yule is a time for family and fun and doing things together. As a child I remember being at my Amma’s house and making all of the Icelandic foods. I remember the piles of Pönnukökur, Rosettes, and the many layered cake; Vínarterta.
Snowflakes not only remind us of Winter, but also of Hagalaz the rune for Winter and regeneration.
Every year Donar’s Hearth OR and the Odinic Rite Vinland host a Yule Celebration. The following booklets contain Yule Carols, Crafts, and stories to use through out the Yule Season. We use them every year at our gathering, an everyone – young and old alike – enjoy them. We hope you do too!
Do you need a star for your tree? Or just need some lovely straw stars for your tree? Keeping with the traditional straw crafts of Scandinavia, the star below is simple enough for kids, yet complex in their lovely design.
The Danish Yule Heart (Julhjarta) is a beautiful symbol of Freya and Frigga. The loving caresses of our Goddesses warm our hearts and souls through the cold dark season.
Yule, an ancient tradition, a time when families gather to exchange gifts, and enjoy the time they have together, a time when the days are short and in some places our Folk reside the sun never, or rarely, shows herself. What are the origins of Yule, the traditions, spiritual foundations, continuations, and finally, modern celebrations by those who still hold true to the ways of Our Ancestors? In the following these questions will be answered, so the reader can understand this beautiful expression of the hospitality and giving nature of Our Folk past and present.
Of course, one may think of the many things that make Switzerland so very famous: its mountains, the pastures, its cheeses, among many other things. But that which it is very, very famous for is its chocolate! And how best to celebrate Yule than by celebrating with a chocolate fondue!
According to an old German legend, if you find a bird nest in the tree you harvest for Yule, you will have an entire year of health and happiness.
In Germany, where oak trees are considered sacred, acorns are thought to bring good luck.
The German saying “from little acorns, come mighty oaks” shows the protective nature of a mother’s belief that when one provides a nurturing and care, one can anticipate great results.
The story goes that the Yule Cat lurks about in the snow peering in the warm Hearths to see if people are being lazy or children are not doing their chores. As a symbol that children were being helpful and doing their work, parents would award them at Yule with new clothes.
Yule, an ancient tradition, a time when families gather to exchange gifts, and enjoy the time they have together, a time when the days are short and in some places our Folk reside the sun never, or rarely, shows herself. What are the origins of Yule, the traditions, spiritual foundations, continuations, and finally, modern celebrations by those who still hold true to the ways of Our Ancestors?
On the evening of December 14, 2007, despite the snow and cold, we met just north of Denver at Lory AOR’s house to take in our first Acorn Hollow event. Lory and I were Joined by Derek and Dixie to help host this event for the kids. In total we had four adults and eight children.