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Yule

Time: December 20, 2014 to December 22, 2014
Location: Celebrate where ever you choose
Event Type: holiday, festival, time
Organized By: Practitioners World wide
Latest Activity: Dec 30, 2013

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Celebrate Yule in December with crafts, recipes, and rituals that rejoice in the sun's return to earth.

Yule is a celebration of the return of the light at the time of the winter solstice.

No matter how you celebrate it, the winter solstice is traditionally a time for all kinds of festivities, feasting, and fun.

The celebration of Yule at the Winter Solstice goes back hundreds of years. From the hearths of the Celtic tribes to the bonfires of the Norsemen, this winter holiday has been celebrated in many ways.

Cultures around the world have celebrated the winter solstice, and each has its own unique set of deities. These are some of the gods and goddesses associated with the holiday of the winter solstice.

Yule falls at the time of the Winter Solstice. Use seasonal concepts and themes to represent the longest night of the year on your Yule altar.

If your family enjoys celebration around the holidays, this Yule Log ceremony is a simple one you can perform with or without kids. Welcome the sun back into your lives as you burn your Yule Log.

At the winter solstice, some Practitioner groups celebrate with a goddess rite -- saying goodbye to the old, and welcoming the new. This ritual is designed for a group of four or more people.

The winter solstice is a festival of the sun, so why not celebrate by honoring its return?

If your family celebrates Yule with a decorated tree, you may want to consider doing a blessing ritual either when you cut it down or before your decorate it

Yule is a time of new beginnings for many people, as the sun returns its light back to the earth. Use this time of year to do not only some emotional refreshing, but also a physical cleansing of your personal space.

Looking for some great books to celebrate the Yule season? Curl up in front of a nice warm fire with one.

Just because you're celebrating Yule instead of Christmas doesn't mean you can't have a tree for the holiday and a tree itself is actually a pretty Practitioner thing!

Yule should be a time of joy and happiness, but for many people it becomes a stress-filled nightmare.

During the Yule season, a lot of us tend to eat more than our normal share. After all, it's the time of year when you're visiting friends and attending celebrations, and there's always food involved!

In England, it was traditional for people to visit from house to house, singing songs, much like Christmas Carolers do today. As a reward for their songs, they'd be given a cup of wassail.

In Scotland, the festival of Hogmanay is even more important than Christmas. Evolved from the Practitioner celebrations of Yule, Hogmanay is observed at the end of December, just before the New

The ancient Romans had a festival for just about everything, and the winter solstice was no exception. The week-long celebration of Saturnalia was a time of great partying, debauchery, and general revelry.
In modern Practitioners, one of the most popular legends is that of the Oak and Holly Kings. These two archetypes battle as the Wheel of the Year turns, and at Yule, one must relinquish his crown.

Although Julius Caesar attributed the use of mistletoe in ritual to the Druids, it has also been traced back to the Greek winter ceremonies.

Did you know that in Greece, fresh basil is attached to a wooden cross, or why the Scots want a dark-haired visitor on New Year's Day?

 

Winter Solstice…. “Yule” (Winter)
December 21 2014 23:03 GMT

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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