Yule (Iceland): The Legend of the Yule Cat

The story goes that the Yule Cat lurks about in the snow peering in the warm Hearths to see if people are being lazy or children are not doing their chores. As a symbol that children were being helpful and doing their work, parents would award them at Yule with new clothes.

Yule: Wrapping paper - The Sparkling Deceiver

The problem we have today is that much of the wrapping paper for sale is made from plastics, foil and waxes – substances that cannot be recycled when they are all mixed together.

Yule: Dough Ornaments

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Rune ornaments for your Yule tree or to hang at your blot site.

Yule: The Story of Mistletoe

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Inside the greatest stories are a hundred little stories that get forgotten. In the story of the first winter, the death of Baldur the bright, there is a story too of little Mistletoe. At Yuletide now we hang mistletoe, and whenever a boy and girl pass beneath it they must kiss, but so many have forgotten why. The tale of mistletoe is one of love and pride, foolishness and forgiveness.

Ostara: Hop Race

Tri-hop-athon Game All you need is kids and the outdoors.

Ostara: Carrot Scavenger Hunt

Keep the kids busy searching for carrots dropped by the Ostara bunny on his travels.

Ostara: Egg Relay

A fun activity for children at Ostara or any time!

Ostara: Buns

Did you know that sweet cakes, such as hot cross buns, were well known to have been used in Heathen rites? Some sources claim that hot cross buns were a Christian invention but digging a bit deeper one can easily recognise their Heathen origin.

Ostara: Living Ostara Baskets

What better way to honor fair and gentle Ostara, than to leave a natural nest for her Hare! In times past, our Folk left out a nest for Ostara’s Hare to leave colorful eggs and goodies as a reward for good behavior. Children would wake up Ostara morning to find Ostara’s Bunny eggs in their nests!

Ostara: Natural Egg Dyes

There are two methods for producing beautifully colored Ostara eggs at home with natural plant dyes.

Ostara: Flower Wreaths for Ostara

When it comes to making flower wreaths the only real limit is your imagination. They can be big,small, sparse, or bountiful. You can make ones as door or wall decorations, to put around the base of a large candle or bowl, you can even make hair or head wreaths, also called hair garlands.

Ostara: A Child's Invocation

Odin and Ostara, lead me in the ways of the Gods....