yule

Carole - posted on 11/09/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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hi i'm from tamworth u.k, are your children the same religion? do you let them partake in xmas festivities or just yule. my 2 love it because they get 2 xmas's. i'm bringing them up to allow to choose which path to take but my daughter megan 8 is showing a keen interest in the pagan path.(my books keep disapearing upstairs!) do you know of any good pagan childrens books?

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Rebekah - posted on 12/09/2009

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This is my daughters first Yule and I'm pretty excited about it I personally like both Yule and Xmas. But for totally different reasons Yule for the spiritual side of me and am really excited that my house this year has a wood fire place and have already chosen our log. My husband who is also Pagan is also excited about it being our daughters first. But we also still love Celebrating Xmas with our families who are all Catholic well except my Dad he is an atheist that loves Xmas so I have taken his view of it that Xmas has become so ingrained in our society and it brings families together for happy loving memories so why not celebrate it. We just don't celebrate the religious part of it.
But I will say that when my daughter gets older and if she ever wants to go to a Mass with either of her Grandmothers or other family member I will probably let her because I believe that we all have our own path and what might be right for me might not be for her.

Pink - posted on 11/19/2009

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We so far had only one Xmas at his relatives, nothing religious, only lots of decorations, and gifts. Very commercial and happy...he understood nothing but he could rip some paper and cuddle a toy... this year will be different, we will have yule at home the three of us, dad is non believer but he'll just sit there LOL, then xmas eve night at my dad's (a big deorated tree and gifts) and maybe xmas day lunch at my auntie's with cousins and mother (all catholics.... X-P .......but once more nothing religious with stuff such as nativity, just tree and presents) i have absolutely no idea how to celebrate Yule properly ...it will be my first serious and non-alone one, all the other times i just lit candles and incences and prayed in my head.... all suggestions are welcome!!!

Lucy - posted on 12/03/2008

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I always remember the kids who did not celebrate Christmas they always felt very left out. I feel it is important for their self esteem to celebrate and be part of the crowd and that it is a family time and fun to me Xmas kinda of like our ancient celebrations of solstice. I tell them that we choose to celebrate Xmas because it is fun. I was thinking of changing it to solstice instead so that it fits inline more with our beliefs.

Elizabeth - posted on 11/25/2008

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We are an interfaith family, so my kids get both. There is a distinct difference in how they are celebrated though. Yule is far more spiritual, xmas more commercial. As for books, Circle Round and Celebrating the Great Mother are great for young children. Wiccacraft for families has good ideas for older kids, though it will need tweaking for most families (ie ones who are not Trad Wiccan). Also, Seasons of Magic is a wonderful fiction book aimed at the 9-13 crowd.

Jennifer - posted on 11/23/2008

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At home we celebrate yule, but with school and family, it's a cross between x-mas and yule. We just teach them togetherness and respect for all, and stay away from the religious part of x-mas. As far as Santa goes, we have never given them a gift from him, it's always been from us. We just let them think what they want. I think I will look into those childrens' books.

Renee - posted on 11/22/2008

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An excellent Pagan book for children and parents (at least if you are Wiccan or NeoPagan) is Circle Round. It has songs, craft ideas, stories, and recipes for each of the 8 Sabbats plus a section of rites of passages. And if you are lucky, you can get a copy with the CD that plays the songs found in the book.



My family celebrates the secular Christmas with the teachings of giving and the importance of family. My eldest son (age 7) knows it as the time for Santa (of which he figured out on his own a few years back is in fact me and my husband). When really pushed for a religious answer, I have explained that it is the time for the Sun to return once again so Spring can come.



However, he understands scientifically that the Sun didn't go away, but that it's a story to explain how Winter turns into Spring. This is done because I believe he needs to be firmly rooted in science but cultivate his spiritual side.

Jesse - posted on 11/11/2008

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You know what I tell my kids? Christmas is for christians! It is their celebration so let them have it, mind your own buisness, and let's celebrate our own way! How anyone could say you are not truly pagan for celebrating this time of year is beyond me. We celebrate on the solstice. We have the yule fire . We feast. we give thanks. What could be more pagan than lighting a fire to call the sun back on the longest night of the year?

Jen - posted on 11/10/2008

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my husband and i have decided to teach our children tolerance and to simply be openminded and respectful and let them find their own path as i found mine. We celebrate christmas as a family tradition of giving, time together, and whole lot of fun activites! baking, making and painting ornaments, and decorating, i personally love the season, which has actually led some people to say i'm not truely pagan, but i am what i am and i have very fond memoried of christmas as a child always celebrated as we do, with no religion involved, just family!

Jesse - posted on 11/09/2008

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Well their Dad isn't allthat religious so it has never really been a problem. where I live in BC ,canada peopletend to have a very live and let live veiw about things like this. The fact that I am not doing anything WRONG helps too.

Carole - posted on 11/09/2008

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hi jesse! is the kids other family ok with you being pagan? i had social services onto me when i split with my kids dad!it was dropped after 7 days though!the social worker even had a tarot reading done!lol.x

Jesse - posted on 11/09/2008

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I think I can safely say my kids are Pagan and Proud.. We celebrate solstice in our home. But there father and I are no longer together so they also have christmas with their other family.

We are not strictly celtic pagan, as metis people we celebrate all aspects from both the cultures.

I want my kids to BELIEVE so what ever path they take toward acknowledging creation is fine with me

Kateryn - posted on 11/09/2008

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how old is she? i found silver ravenwolf to be a good way to start that is how my mother introduced me when i asked about it she is easy to understand and fun making the basics fairly easy to understand. im not sure on how i will do holidays here yet as we live in the southern hemisphere and i prefer to celebrate things seasonally so yule is in july (roughly) for us. but at the moment as my children are still young i let them celebrate when everyone else does and we do our own thing at home i was raised in a very relaxed house and will do the same with my kids allowing them to choose their own path and supporting them with that however i will probably try to encourage an understanding of the pagan traditions as it is the path i follow myself hope the book helps she has written a series of them
blessed be!

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