Yule Rites & Sacred Feast: A Heathen Winter Solstice

When:
December 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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Where:
Beaver Point Hall
1365 Beaver Dam Rd
Point Pleasant, NJ 08742
USA
Yule Rites & Sacred Feast: A Heathen Winter Solstice @ Beaver Point Hall | Point Pleasant | New Jersey | United States

Celebrate the Yuletide the old-fashioned way, with family and friends, with the ancient Germanic holy-day of winter solstice known as YULE. Newlyweds Dan Ralph Miller and Leeann Verboom Miller host our second annual Yule ceremonies together, in the traditional territory of the Tsawout, and Wsanec First Nations. We happily invite friends, family and honoured guests to have a jolly old time; To eat, drink, be merry, and hail the gods, the ancestors and spirits of the land. Kids of all ages especially welcomed!

POT-LUCK FEAST at 7:00pm!

5:00 pm – Doors Open: Crafting Boughs and Wreaths

6:00 pm – Opening Ceremony to the Disir: Ancestor-Mothers
6:30 pm – YULE-LOG: Carol or Wassail in the Yule-Log

7:00 pm – FEAST: Potluck

8:00 pm – A visit from old Father Yule, the “original Santa”
8:45 pm – Toasting Ceremony: Prayers and Oaths for the New Year

9:00 pm – Glee: tell a story or poem, sing a song, or dance a dance during an open-stage

MORE DETAILS

The main ceremonies of the ancient European traditions which are known to have survived from before their conversion to Christianity are those of toasting and the leaving of libations and other offerings.

Toasts can be made to honour deities and ancestors, as tributes to praiseworthy friends and family, as pieces of spoken-word art, or as either brags of past accomplishments or boasts of deeds yet to be, not to mention to seal sworn oaths. The tradition is best survived in the modern Western wedding.

Offerings are given, in various ways, often along with a toast, to helpful spirits, such as gods, ancestors and spirits of the land, as gift-exchanges that are hoped to help improve the relationships with such spirits and remind the living of their interdependence.

Toasts will be made throughout the night in all these different ways. It is hoped guests will come mindfully with their own toasts to offer, both over the meal, as well as during the toasting ceremonies. Toasts can be long and eloquent, or short and sweet, may be boasts or brags, tributes or prayers of hope.

SUNDRIES

Please try to bring more than enough food and drink for your party, and to make an offering. In this way, no guest should be left hungry.
Prepare your food in advance, as the stove and oven is reserved for warming only. There are few or no pots and pans at the hall.
Please do not drink and drive, and if so, designate a driver.

Festive or traditional dress is encouraged, but not mandatory.

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