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Magically Decking Your Halls and Walls

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There are so many great ways you can decorate your home for the Yule season. Adapt store-bought Christmas decorations, or make your own Pagan-themed home decor for the season. Here's how you can put together a Yule log of your own, some fun and simple ornaments, a Pagan twist on the "manger" scene, some seasonally-scented potpourri and incense, and more!

Magical Gifts to Make

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Want to give your friends and family a magical gift? Why not make something for them that shows you really care? Here are some of the simplest magical items to make -- you can put these together ahead of the Yule season, and give them out to those you care about.

Decorate a Yule Log

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The Yule log is an ancient tradition, but you can make one for your own family's holiday celebration. Put one together with items you find outside, and include it as part of your Yule ritual.

Salt Dough Ornaments

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These easy ornaments can be assembled in hardly any time at all. Once they've baked, paint them and hang them around your home for Yule!

Winter Nights Incense

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Scents have a way of making time stand still for us sometimes, and the aromas of the winter holidays are no exception. For many people, re-creating the smells and emotions of our childhood, or even of some distant ancestral memory, is part of the magic of the Yule season.

Pine Cone Ornaments

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The pine cone has long been a symbol of the winter solstice. Make these nature- friendly ornaments to sparkle and shine during your Yule celebration.

Yule Herbal Sachet

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This sachet is simple to make, and combines some of the most delightful scents of the season. Make them small and hang on a tree, make them a bit larger and give them as gifts!

Easy Pentacle Ornaments

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This is a super-easy craft project you can get your kids working on, and have them create a whole bunch of pretty pentacles to hang around your house during the Yule season.

Make a Pagan "Nativity" Scene

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So your neighbors all have cute little mangers in their yards, complete with plastic baby Jesus, light-up sheep, and a couple of Wise Men who have probably seen better days. Are you feeling a bit left out? Don't worry -- you can still set up a Nativity scene (or something close to it) that represents your Pagan or Wiccan beliefs, and honors the birth of the sun, rather than the son of another religion's god.

Yule Simmering Potpourri

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Make a batch of Yule potpourri, get it simmering on your stovetop, and enjoy the scents of the season!

Make Your Own Yule Greeting Cards

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It's sometimes hard to find commercially available Yule cards, so why not use a little imagination and create your own? It's easy, it's fun, and it's a great way to spend some time getting crafty.

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