the yule family

Shout out this holiday

Shout out to the people who have to go home to judgemental familes this holiday

Shout out to people who have been disowned or banned from coming home this holiday

Shout out to people who have to go to abusive households this holiday

Shout out to people who can’t go home to a good home this holiday

You still matter. Nothing will change that this holiday or the next one.

Spell for a happy family gathering

Items needed-

Red flowers (poinsettias are popular this time of year)

Cinnamon (sticks or ground)

sage (any variety, whole or ground)

paper

black pen

white or yellow candle

bowl


Have a clear intention of what you want the spell to do. In my family there’s lots of disagreements around this time of year because of the high stress. Think about the “why” of the spell, and change the wording of the spell to fit your needs.

Gather your items in one place.

Light the candle

place the sage in the bowl

say

“Sage brings cleansing, may it cleanse my family’s souls”

place the red flower in the bowl

“red is the color of love, may it make us see the love we have for each other”

sprinkle or place the cinnamon in the bowl and say

“Cinnamon brings love, happiness and health to my family”

Write your intent on the paper  “the family get together on this date will be peaceful, loving, kind and happy”

put the paper in the bowl and say

“I call the spirits one by one to help this goal come to pass”

drip the wax that has melted from the candle on to the contents of the bowl

“the wax of this candle will bind us together”

meditate over it for a few minutes. visualize in your mind your family getting together and having a good time.

Extinguish the candle

you can bring the items to a river, lake or pond and put them in there

OR

you can burn the contents outside at nighttime

and say

“Now is the time of Nyx’s Three,
This spell is bound with harm to none, so mote it be“

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#6. The Yule Family

Iceland’s favorite Christmas creatures are known as the Yule family. They may sound like a happy congregation of elves, but don’t be deceived by the soppy name: The family actually consists of a horde of trolls and their pet monster, Yule Cat, a giant demonic feline that stalks the land after the presents have been exchanged and eats everyone who isn’t wearing new clothes. Because fuck your Christmas, poor people.

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  1. Carol
  2. Mistletoe
  3. Bows
  4. Lights
  5. Oranges
  6. Ivy
  7. Ribbon
  8. Fruitcake
  9. Snowflakes
  10. Angel
  11. Nutcracker
  12. Pudding
  13. Ornaments
  14. Goose
  15. Parties
  16. Jumpers
  17. North Star
  18. Pageant
  19. Icicles
  20. Stable
  21. Paper Hats
  22. Stockings
  23. Pine Cones
  24. Toys
  25. Wreath
  26. Chestnuts
  27. Camel
  28. Sleigh
  29. Elf
  30. White
  31. Donkey
  32. Pie
  33. Frost
  34. Antlers
  35. Tinsel
  36. Pear
  37. Snowman
  38. Yule log
  39. Bells
  40. Family
  41. Scarf
  42. Candy canes
  43. Traffic
  44. Snowflake
  45. Red
  46. Crackers
  47. Fir
  48. North Pole
  49. Drums
  50. Turkey
  51. Eve
  52. Ornament
  53. Poinsettia
  54. Coal
  55. Green
  56. Cranberry sauce
  57. Chestnut
  58. Heritage
  59. Jingle
  60. Shepherds
  61. Mittens
  62. Menorah
  63. Shopping
  64. Cards
  65. Kiss
  66. Merry
  67. Eggnog
  68. Trains
  69. Hymn
  70. Gingerbread
  71. Stuffing
  72. Holly
  73. Gift
  74. Solstice
  75. Fireplace
  76. Winter
  77. Chime
  78. Parade
  79. Snow globe
  80. Tradition
  81. Berry
  82. Invitation
  83. Spirit
  84. Partridge
  85. Nutmeg
  86. Rooftop
  87. Chimney
  88. Garland
  89. Robin
  90. Bauble
  91. Candles
  92. Sled
  93. Reunion
  94. Oven
  95. Wrapping paper
  96. Sweets
  97. Resolution
  98. Baking
  99. Decorations
  100. Choir
An Aunt for the Holidays

From Aunt Tammy,

Hey, kiddo.  I’m thinking of you, knowing you’re feeling blue, given it’s That time of year.  I hope you’ll consider coming to hang out with us this year, if you can manage it.  I remember how lousy the season can be with nowhere to be and no one to spend the days with—I had far too many lonely holidays in my earlier days to be comfortable with you stuck out there by yourself.  Come to our place.

You can help me feed the feral cats in the garage and on the front porch, and the back yard wildlife (pigeons, squirrels, the odd opossum or raccoon) and pet kitties—since Patches moved in with my brother-in-law, we have eight in-house (well, Sluggo and Lummie still go outside, Sluggo to accept worship from anyone who passes by on the sidewalk, and Lummie so he can come right back in through the door he didn’t leave from).  Wubbie will purr in your ear and drool on you, Peabody will rub his nose on your face and shed on you, and the rest will come around when they’ve decided you’re okay.  Sluggo and Lummie will also grace you with their company inside.

You and Tim can argue over what to watch—you know we don’t do holiday programs, right?  Except for the original, Boris Karloff-narrated “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and the hilarious, not-too-Christmas-gooey “A Christmas Story.”  But you two can decide on movies or streaming shows: we have a big selection of adventure, historical, Bollywood (yep, I said Bollywood!), and action movies, as well as what’s on the tube.

You know our celebrations are kinda weird compared to some families.  We’ll have candles for Yule, and you’re welcome to light them with us: bayberry and beeswax, the best smells around when you want to make light during the longest night of the year.  You can even have your own if you have private wishes to make.  They look beautiful in the dining room with the lights out.

You can help me make my cranberry conserve, if you like: either chop the oranges and walnuts, or pick out the squishy and under-ripe cranberries before I cook them, your choice.  

Then we’ll drive to New York (with regular stops for Starbucks) to spend Christmas Day with Raquel and her mom.  We always go a couple of days early and stay a couple of days late, so pick what you would like to see: the tree at Rockefeller Center, that Japanese book and stationery store I told you about, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or even movies.  Raquel will want to show you the Highline, the park built on an old set of railroad tracks above the Lower West Side, though that might depend on the weather!  And on Christmas day we swap gifts—you don’t have to bring anything, but Tim and I will have something for you—and then we’ll probably eating at Gene’s, since Raquel’s mother doesn’t like to cook the way she used to. There are two small fuzzy dogs to play with as we watch completely non-holiday movies—Raquel loathes Christmassy sentimental overload.  

Then it’s back to Syracuse and relaxing, playing with stuff and laying around the house until New Year’s Eve.  Where would you want to go?  We’ve got the Syracuse Zoo, which has some good indoor exhibits, and the Women’s History Museum in Seneca Falls, as well as the Corning Glass Museum.  The choice is yours!  With luck no one will have left any kittens on the porch for us to add to the menagerie, though you might think emergency kitten rescue is fun! On New Year’s Eve Bruce and Kathy have invited all of us to their house, where we eat lentil-and-sausage soup (for luck in Bruce’s family—Tim will be defrosting the pork roast for our New Year’s Day lucky pork and sauerkraut).  We’ll maybe play a game or watch a movie—don’t worry; we won’t foist one of our Bollywood movies on you unless you’re actually interested! —and mostly talk as other friends and family arrive.  You’ll get to meet the grandbabies whose pictures I keep showing you, and pet Bruce’s cats and dog instead of our cats, for a change.

I know this isn’t the family’s idea of a holiday celebration.  My mother managed to screw holidays up for me, so I start to shake the moment I see decorations go up.  This is what I love best: the people I care about, which includes you, friends more than presents, talking more than singing carols and going to church, and on just enough food rather than stuffing ourselves.  It’s the kind of holiday for people who just want to hang out together, and we’d love to have you with us.  You can even call us from the airport or bus station and say you’re here.  No fuss, no bother.  It would be good to see you.

DMMd Yule Log, inspired by the Christmas Drama CD :D
(which takes place in the anime universe but Ren is still a dog and Mink is still in Midorijima, but whatever, there is a miniskirt santa Clear.)

I wasn’t sure about which design to use for Mink, but since he was mostly sighing and grunting I guessed he was still in his Scratch design xD

I asked my brother to take the picture with his camera because mine wouldn’t take good pictures UvU

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Harry wrote a letter to Micky Yule, a 2016 Invictus Games competitor, to congratulate him on his success at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Very sweet! :)