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Yule at Stone Creed Grove

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Ritual Script

We are now in the time of winter, where snow is beginning to be upon us, but the folk are safe indoors happily enjoying the fruits of their fall harvest. For the peoples of Scandanavia, this time not only was full of darkness, cold, and snow, but also marked the beginning of the sacred year and a celebration that life had not left this world. It is for this reason that evergreens and holly become common decorations in our homes and in our rites.

For Stone Creed Grove, this is the most important rite celebrated in the Norse style, honoring the sibling gods Frey and Freya who have long acted as patrons of our folk. We also give special due to many other important Norse gods, including Thor, Odin, Heimdal, and Frigga.

Our Yule celebrations also fulfill many of the roles of other modern holidays around this time. There are exchanges of gifts, group singing, and an opportunity to make promises of what will be done in the next year. Also, as it is the beginning of our year, new officers take their oaths and begin their work on behalf of the folk.

The Hammer of Thor protects our sacred space.

Candles lit for the Aesir on our Yule log.

Members of the folk making personal oaths to a boar's head.

Our post-ritual feast and celebration includes the singing of Yule carols, wassailing songs, and other wintery folk music.