Yule.

My Yule Sabbat.

Yule. 21st of December until around 22nd. In my home we begin (I do) on 21st and our holidays continue up until January 1st. It's a time of rest and celebration to us.

Family time, an oasis away from the bustle in this world. We go for walks - not as many as when we were younger, but we still manage the odd trot in the green, together, somewhere. We live next to the woods so we have that green around us all of the time. My windows look out onto fields for the most part so..it's always with us. Its good to see the seasons unfold.

Yule.

I prepare a Yule log each year. After the season passes I put the log in the garden each year. It rots down and the wood lice love it lol. I've also used ashes from them on the garden after burning it in the bbq tub. But, usually, they go into the garden.

I decorate with ivy and conifer fronds, holly if I can get it. I wouldn't touch mistletoe - don't know why. Actually this year will be a rethink, as I have a very young cat and she likes to explore. Ivy is poisonous to cats, so I'll have to research the foliage.

Hmmmmm...this is turning into a Yule diary....

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Comment by Elspeth on December 19, 2018 at 2:14pm

Got any ideas about the sort of couch you'd like Helela?

Comment by Elspeth on December 18, 2018 at 9:28am

The miniature conifer is potted Helela. Personally I can't think of anything worse than to actually hack at a tree - kill It, and the stick it in your house. If I ever have a tree it'll be potted 

The conifers stay small. I have a few dotted around my garden. They aren't very tough to be honest. But they sit so well with minature roses etc. in a sheltered spot they make a fairy garden.

Comment by Helela on December 18, 2018 at 4:30am

I don't know of anybody's animals that have died or gotton sick from these. I've turned away from buying real trees for Yule. I don't like the idea anymore of someone growing a tree so that we can cut it down and let it die in two to three weeks. I do like the idea of growing one in a pot and bringing it indoors. I have a fake tree. I have two. And right now, this year, I just have my tiny one that I sit on the table out. lol. I have no couch yet and still putting things away. It looks so funny in there I don't know what to do, lol. And since almost everything is put away and have no couch I havn't put up my pictures and wall shelves so it's echoing in there, lol. I better get a couch pretty soon! lol.

Comment by Elspeth on December 18, 2018 at 4:15am

https://www.animalwised.com/are-christmas-plants-poisonous-to-dogs-...

I do know that Poinsettia  is poisonous to our felines, so is ivy and holly. Turns out the Christmas tree isn't friendly either! Wow! Looks as if it's pictures and things that way from now on. I don't have a real tree anyway, but usually have a small tree to decorate, a miniature conifer, I have to look this up.

Turns out some Christmas trees are fine (dogs are effected too, but by different trees so you need to check)

Douglas fir and the Blue Spruce are fine for cats apparently, but always check! I'll stick to my artificial tree now I think.

Oh have you ever seen those decorated branches.....?

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