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Yule Countdown: Celebrating with Kids

By December 8, 2013

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Sometimes, it's hard to find a good balance of Yule with Christmas. In other words, we may want to celebrate the Winter Solstice as a Pagan holiday, but the reality of it is that our kids are inundated with Christmas this and Christmas that, with the occasional Hanukkah or Kwanzaa aside thrown in. If you're trying to raise your kids in an earth-based or Goddess-oriented tradition, how do you keep things manageable?

For many people new to Paganism or Wicca, there seems to be a misconception that you're "not allowed" to do anything that's even remotely connected with That Other Religion's Holiday -- no Christmas tree, no stocking, no candy canes, because by golly we're Pagans, and we can't even SAY the word "Christmas."

Truth of the matter is, most people who are Pagans or Wiccans as adults weren't raised that way as kids -- it's something we've evolved into later on in life. And now that we're raising our own kids, we want to share our beliefs with them, but we also want to share the traditions of our childhood. And believe it or not, we can do that, and find that harmony. There's no Wiccan Brigade that's going to come revoke your membership if you put up a Christmas tree and don't feel like making a Yule Log. You don't lose your Pagan Shopping Privileges just because you exchange gifts with your parents on December 25, instead of waking up at the buttcrack of dawn on the Solstice. You use what works best to suit your needs.

That having been said, what can you do with your kids over the winter holidays? All kinds of stuff -- the focus here for many people is on family itself, and on coming closer together as a family unit. So why not take a few minutes, think about what the Solstice specifically means to you and your loved ones, and then do activities that reflect that meaning?

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November 25, 2007 at 7:05 pm
(1) Christee says:

As far as I am concerned I was always raised the Christmas tree is actually a Pagan tradition that Christians incorporated into their religion. So tree it up. The important thing to my family is that the tree is made up of things created by yourself and loved ones! No prefab. ornaments (unless gifted to you).

December 17, 2008 at 8:16 pm
(2) Gray says:

That’s great! I love your sense of humor and the no nonsense way of approaching things! I am WAY glad that my pagan shopping privleges have not been revoked, b/c I have Yule shopping to do!!

December 2, 2010 at 4:18 pm
(3) Nick says:

If I remember my studies correctly, a majority of Christmas practices are based on Pagan practices. So, in my opinion, a person should be able to continue to celebrate the Pagan practices they used to perform at Christmas.

December 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm
(4) paul ambuhl says:

the christian celebration of christ birth was moved to the 25th of December by the ruler,”Constantine”. he believed it would help make it easier for “pagans”(his former belief), to covert to the new religion.

December 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm
(5) Samantha says:

I put a tree up every year and decorate it with faires woodland santa suns moons and pagan decorations it looks great and me and my daughter have fun thats what its about!!

December 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm
(6) Mia says:

I always do the Yule tree and put secular and Pagan ornaments on it. I consider it a traditional Norse Pagan tradition to put up the tree to celebrate the solstice. I’ve heard that evergreen trees were considered a sign that the sun is returning and because they are green throughout the year, it is a symbol of the earth being reborn in the spring. Also, I love the use of evergreen wreaths to symbolize the circle of life.

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