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Patti Wigington

Yule Countdown: Ornaments

By December 12, 2013

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Make your own Yule ornaments!
Patti Wigington 2008
So this weekend we will probably go get our Yule tree, and then we'll decorate it. I remember when I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was lie on the floor and watch the reflections of the colored blinking lightbulbs change on the ceiling... of course, that was back in the days when Christmas lights were enormous, and they made some really cool pictures with their shadows. Now that I have kids of my own, we typically have a tree routine -- we get our tree, and it's my job to put the lights on. It's partly because I'm good at it, and partly because no one else wants to do it. Once the lights are up, it's a free-for-all of ornamentation. However, you do get to a point where you have more ornaments than you can possibly put on one tree, so now we're forced to pick and choose.

Typically, I try to stick with the handmade ornaments. We've got pipecleaner pentacles up there, giant orange suns, pinecones covered in glitter, and more. We've got the ones the kids make in class each year, featuring their fall school picture. There's a set of wooden ones that I painted myself when I was about nine. There's one which was given to my husband a long time ago by his sister who has since passed away. I've got a set given to my daughter by my ex's granny each year, even though we were no longer related to her by marriage. I love hanging these all up each year, because every year we add a bit to them, and these ornaments tell the story of our family, and all its convoluted and twisted branches.

If you don't have any family ornaments, why not start making some this year? In addition to the links above, one of the easiest ones to make is the Salt Dough Ornament -- just use flour and some cookie cutters, and then paint to your heart's content. Let the kids go crazy, and start a brand new tradition in your home. Or, use the Spell Ornament instructions to hang a bit of magic right there on your tree.
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