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    Yule/Solstice

    I gotta admit, I'm excited about the holiday season for the first time in a long time this year.

    The way we decided to handle it has been to still have stockings on Christmas(no more big expensive gifts from Santa) do things with L's family, etc., but have a nice family dinner and open family presents on the Solstice. Since I do pretty well with a turkey, we're giving a small goose a shot this year, too. New different meal for a new holiday.

    Since Miss A is big enough to remember past seasons, we're hoping that will strike a nice balance.

    What are you guys planning?

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    Re: Yule/Solstice

    About the same as you, but minus the goose. I have a turkey stashed away in the freezer. I think I'll cut it up and smoke it - one last smoking before the hard winter sets in.

    Presents will be mostly symbolic and home made. It's kind of funnier that way, anyway.
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    I've noticed that, too!

    We've always purchased presents before, and it's a completely different perspective to be putting the time and effort into making treats, etc. I still have a lot I need to do, though--I managed to get some cute fleece on sale, and am sewing hats and mittens for my kids and the little nieces and nephews...I need to get over the darn cold so that I can ship one of the pairs to New York in time!

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    I'm alone but I might invite a few friends over. I'm looking forward to it because I've had a hard winter and after the Solstice, the days will get longer and we're halfway to Spring! I'll be a bit sad though cuz the boy is coming to visit next weekend and he leaves a couple of days before.

    I still celebrate Christmas as well, because except for a brief church phase my mom went through when I was 8-10, I was raised on a very secular Christmas that had a lot more to do with Santa, trees, food and gifts than Jesus. So it doesn't really hold a lot of significance with me as a particularly religious holiday, especially since most of my friends are atheists and they all celebrate it too!

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    Re: Yule/Solstice

    The night before Solstice, we watch A Christmas Story - I don't know why that's a tradition, but I love watching it every year and it kind of fell into the routine!

    We wake up before dawn on Solstice morning to greet the sun with a short ritual, some songs and hot cocoa before we open presents. And then we have a big meal that night.

    We kind of celebrate Christmas in that we exchange gifts with the rest of our family on the 25th, but it's not religious for anyone. It's just an annual gift exchange really.

    In past years, we've done the Yule log, but the tree has been the thing that sticks with us. I'm generally always really into the holidays so we do a lot of decorations if we can

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    We'll go to ritual next Friday, and do family ritual and gifts on the 17th I think...then we're having a Festivus party on the 23rd and going to church for the 25th--I think they are doing a Christmas Day potluck in the afternoon.
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    Re: Yule/Solstice

    I've already started celebrating... a bit here, a bit there and yes, the 25th too. Basically I like to spread my celebrations around a bit because I don't like investing too much into a single day. For me that's when things can go pear shaped because I've invested too much expectation into it. Be wary with a small goose - there's not a high meat ratio on a goose in my experience... have a few sausages ready too in order to pad things out if necessary. But it IS delicious! And use the fat (there will be loads) to make the most amazing roast potatoes!
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    Re: Yule/Solstice

    Quote Originally Posted by Tylluan Penry View Post
    I've already started celebrating... a bit here, a bit there and yes, the 25th too. Basically I like to spread my celebrations around a bit because I don't like investing too much into a single day. For me that's when things can go pear shaped because I've invested too much expectation into it. Be wary with a small goose - there's not a high meat ratio on a goose in my experience... have a few sausages ready too in order to pad things out if necessary. But it IS delicious! And use the fat (there will be loads) to make the most amazing roast potatoes!
    Thank you for the hints, Tylluan!

    It probably won't be a "small" small goose, but remember that here in America we're used to all our birds being legally pumped with steroids. The butcher's here sells turkeys that go all the way up to 23-25 pounds.

    *finger crossed it comes from the merchant in time*

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    Re: Yule/Solstice

    This is the hardest time of year for me. My mother usually has her yearly break down. And some of you know she's doing it all big break down this year. My father's birthday passed Dec 6. And that. That is still hard as hell on me. But I am throwing myself into holiday spirit as much as I can (within poor ass folk budget boundries). I started the Holiday card exchange here and with my fb friends. And I love coming home every night to new cards waiting for me! My holiday card display wall is growing! I started the Secret Santa gift exchange for work. I actually work both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But you know. I'm just going to make sure everyone I come in contact with, will be cheery. Of course holiday movies are a must. As well as tamales!

    The best part is that other than cards, I haven't spent a dime. And it's the BEST feeling in the world. I get to enjoy the actual holidays without the mall or money woes.

    *which means I'm probably one of the few people I know actually celebrating the true spirit of the holidays..no matter the religion. Woo!
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    Re: Yule/Solstice

    I still observe Christmas for some of my good friends that are Christian, but I would really like to do something for the Solstice this year. I do give out gifts that I guess are Christmas gifts, because everyone else does, but this year i did manage to find some Yule and Winter Solstice greeting cards! I plan on purchasing some candles and finally getting to decorating a nice altar that I've wanted to have for a while now... I'd like to decorate it symbolically, celebrating the longest night of the year and the return of light.

    Anyone find any nice looking Yule/Solstice greeting cards? I've found some online and a set on ebay, they were kind of an extra thing because I really got into it this year. I hoped to go holiday shopping but school work got in the way, hopefully soon I'll have some time.

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