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?
- Great Ways to Celebrate Yule with Kids
Don't forget to sign up for the free Seven Day Yule Class!