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.

Family

@poplitealqueen This is for you, dear. You mentioned the other night that you’d like a happy family fic, so I started writing this immediately. Sorry it took me so long to post, but I hope it helps you feel better :)


It had been three months since Naboo, and Obi-Wan still couldn’t believe what had happened. There were still some nights when he was barely fast enough to muffle his scream into his pillow, sweating and shaking and trying to pull himself completely out of that nightmare. The memories of that day would haunt him forever.

His hand trembled despite his best efforts as he raised a delicate ornament from the box resting on the table next to him, the small, black sphere painted with intricate lines of gold glinting in the colorful lights of their Christmas tree. He stared at it, studying those lines, the bauble made to look like the surface of Coruscant, and his mind drifted again, drifted above atmospheres and across light years, through dense jungle and flight hangars and ray shields. It’s alright, he thought to himself, even his inner voice sounding panicked, you’re alright, you’re okay, you’re not there you’re not there you’re not-

He dropped the ornament.

“Woah!”

It stopped mid-air, floating and spinning slowly, as if it truly was Coruscant made small. Anakin hurried over and let it drop into his hands, smiling. “Awesome, I didn’t break it!”

“Indeed, your fine Force control has improved greatly, my young Padawan.”

The second voice finally snapped Obi-Wan out of the horrific paralysis he’d been trapped in. “Are you alright, dear?”

Strong arms wrapped around his waist from behind, and a brokenly relieved smile stuttered onto Obi-Wan’s face. 

“Y-Yes. Yes, I’m alright.”

He turned in Qui-Gon’s arms, eyes glistening, and planted a quick kiss on his lips. “I love you.”

“I love you too.”

“Eeeeew!”

Anakin wrinkled his nose in mock disgust at their quick kiss, and then laughed delightedly when Obi-Wan reached over a hand and tickled his neck. 

“’Ew’ should finish hanging up those ornaments before I make his presents even harder to find.”

Anakin gasped. “Presents?! I get presents?!”

Qui-Gon chuckled and ruffled his hair. “Of course you do, Ani. Obi-Wan has hidden them around our quarters, and you’ll need to find them.”

“How?”

Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon gave him a look, and Anakin’s shoulders slumped a bit at the thought of delayed gratification. “Oh, right. The Force.”

Qui-Gon chuckled again, but winced and put a hand over his stomach. Obi-Wan noticed and immediately started nudging him towards the couch. “Alright that’s enough fun for you, mister, you’re not supposed to be walking around so much.”

“Obi-Wan, it’s been three months now, I’m allowed to walk around-“

“I don’t care, sit down before I make you.”

Qui-Gon did in fact sit, but he yanked Obi-Wan down onto his lap, laughing outright when Obi-Wan shouted and flailed. After multiple failed attempts at getting up, Obi-Wan shifted with a grumble and snuggled into Qui-Gon’s arms, Anakin smiling brightly at their antics as he continued putting ornaments on their decorative tree. The Force was singing with happiness around them, overwhelming Anakin in the best possible way. Later, Obi-Wan made a wonderful dinner, and Anakin, with a few pointed looks and discreet gestures from Qui-Gon when Obi-Wan wasn’t looking, found all of his presents. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan smiled and held hands while Anakin excitedly played with all of his new toys and model starships, running around and beaming with enough joyful energy to power all of Coruscant. When Anakin had calmed down enough that he was sitting in one place for more than a few seconds, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan stood from the couch, Qui-Gon holding out a small leather pouch. “We have one more gift for you, Ani.”

Anakin bounced over, gratefully taking the pouch and buzzing with curiosity as to what was inside. The contents clinked and jingled, and his eyes widened until they were just as big as the golden coins he had poured into his hands.

“Th…These are wupiupi coins! There’s so much! You could buy a brand new speeder!”

“Or free a slave.”

Anakin looked up at Qui-Gon, heart skipping. “Free…what?”

Obi-Wan smiled. “We’re going to free your mother.”

They stood in silence for a few moments, Anakin’s eyes filling with tears as he tried to speak. “Th-Thank you!” he finally exclaimed, clutching the coins to his chest and dashing forward to hug the life out of Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan’s legs. “Thank you thank you thankyouthankyou!”

Obi-Wan pried Anakin’s arms off of their legs just long enough to scoop him up into his arms, holding him close as Anakin cried with joy. Qui-Gon hugged him as well, kissing his hair and rubbing his back. “We’ll leave as soon as you’re ready.”

Ani all but shrieked in excitement, and Obi-Wan almost couldn’t keep a hold on the squirming child. 

“Really?! Okay let’s go let’s go!”

Obi-Wan laughed and put him down, wiping at his eyes as Anakin ran to his room to get ready. Qui-Gon held him close and placed a kiss on his cheek. “Are you happy, love?”

Obi-Wan nodded, smiling and pressing his face into Qui-Gon’s shoulder. “Happier than I ever thought I could be.”

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“

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

Yule in the Kitchen: Chocolate Yule Log

Chocolate Yule Logs are a great addition to your Yule/Winter Solstice dinner, and they are pretty simple to make. 

What You Need: 

  • Your favorite chocolate cake recipe, prepared, along with ingredients as called for
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 stick butter
  • 16 oz. semi-sweet baker’s chocolate
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Spearmint leaf jelly candies
  • Cinnamon red hots
  • Mini marshmallows & chocolate kisses (optional)

Preparation:

  • Prepare the cake according to the instructions on your cake recipe. 
  •  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, pour the batter out onto the paper, and spread until it reaches the edges. 
  • Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until cake is firm and springy - be sure you don't over bake it!
  • Allow cake to cool in pan for ten minutes, then invert it onto a cloth towel dusted with powdered sugar.
  • Peel off the parchment paper. Roll the cake up inside the cloth towel, starting with one of the short sides. Let the rolled-up cake cool completely on a wire rack.While the cake cools, mix up the filling. 
  • Blend the whipping cream, powdered sugar and coffee granules together to form the filling. Chill until thick and firm. 
  • After the cake has completely cooled, gently unroll the cake from the towel. Remove the towel, and spread the filling over one side of the cake, stopping about a half inch from the edge. 
  • Roll the cake back up – this should be easy, since it cooled in a rolled-up form. 
  • Place the cake on a serving platter and allow to chill for a couple of hours.
  • To make the frosting, melt the butter in a double boiler and then add the chocolate. 
  • Once the chocolate has all melted, stir in the heavy cream. Let the icing sit at room temperature until it’s a little thick.
  • Spread on the cake, covering the entire roll, and then drag a fork through the icing to create a bark-like appearance on your log.
  • Add a couple of spearmint leaves and red hots to form clusters of holly on the log. 
  • If you’d like to add “mushrooms” to your log, stick a toothpick through a miniature marshmallow, and then poke it into the flat side of a chocolate kiss. Snip off the pointy part of the kiss, and you’ll have a small mushroom. Use the toothpick to stick these on top of your log.
  • If you’re not going to serve immediately, wrap the cake in loose plastic and refrigerate overnight. Allow the cake to sit out for about an hour before slicing.

There are hundreds of ways to make this, a little searching and you can find a recipe that suits you and your family. 

Blessed Yule!!

)o(

legal-scareijuana  asked:

hey! what advice could you give me as a beginner at wicca? it's been pretty hard for me to find good websites/books/resources.

I just want to start off by saying Wicca is a religion, and doesn’t have to have anything at all to do with Witchcraft. In Wicca the masculine and feminine forces in nature are embodied in the God and Goddess. You don’t have to give them a face, or name to worship them and give them thanks, but if you want to then you can choose a god and goddess that you connect with from a pantheon, and use them as your link as they are all smaller depictions of the larger forces. Here is the Wiccan Rede. This is the set of rules and sayings that Wicca revolves around. Wicca as a religion does not agree with cursing, or hurting others since the phrases “An ye harm none, do what ye will” are in the Wiccan Rede. Wicca is the worship of the God and Goddess in all their forms in nature. If you want to show thanks to the Lord and Lady here are some non-ritual things you can do:

  • picking up trash in your community
  • keeping the plants around you healthy
  • leaving out HEALTHY snacks for the animals in your neighborhood (BREAD IS NOT HEALTHY FOR ANIMALS leave seeds, granola, grain, or berries instead)

Some other information on Wicca: 

  • The ongoing changes in the God are worshiped on the Sabbats
  • Every full moon an Esbat is held in honor of the Goddess and is usually celebrated with wine, ale, or juice and cakes/cookies
  • Here is a Sabbat cakes recipe and Here is an Esbat cookie recipe
  • Wiccans can be witches, but they don’t have to be. Witches can be Wiccans, but they don’t have to be. It is entirely up to the person as to what path they want to follow. 

List of the Sabbats (on their usual day but not always on this day as it changes every year depending on the solstices):

  • Yule (December 21):  Longest night of the year, the turning point when the days will become longer, and spring will be coming. The Goddess gives birth to the God who will be her child and eventual lover. It is a time for food, family, a yule log, and gifts for Wiccans (Winter Solstice).
  • Imbolc/Oimelc (February 2):  Marks the recovery of the Goddess after birth of the God. The God fertilizes the Earth, and so the earliest beginnings of spring occur. This is a sabbat of purification, a festival of light and fertility. It’s also a traditional time for initiations into covens and self-dedication rituals (also called Brigid’s Day and the Celtic goddess or fire and inspiration, Brigid, is also worshiped on this day by some people).
  • Ostara (March 21):  The Goddess gives fertility to the Earth while the God grows to maturity. Days and nights are equal and days are slowly growing longer. This is a time of beginnings, action, planting spells, and of tending the gardens. This is the start in the pagan year of spring among Wiccans and Celtics. The first flowers are praised, and the God and Goddess thanked for the return of Spring. Ostara is one of the more colorful holidays. Feasting and socializing are the important factors in this holiday as well as the celebration of the return of color to the natural world (Spring Equinox).
  • Beltane (May 1): This is the holiday of fertility and love starting at dusk on the 30th and continuing until the dawn of the 1st. The union of the God and Goddess to conceive the new God for the following year happens on this day. The Maypole is a symbol of the union of the God and Goddess to create life. The pole itself a phallic symbol while the dancers and their streamers or vines of flowers represent the fertile womb of the goddess as it takes in the God to create their child. Besides the Maypole often a bonfire is present, and members of the group are encouraged to jump the flames for luck and their own fertility. In most sects the celebration of unions of love are enacted. Beltane is the time of  many marriages/handfastings in the pagan community.
  • Litha (June 21):  The longest day of the year, the Solstice is the celebration when days are longer than nights. The God is at this strongest point in life. Flowers are common in the circle, roses and bright cheerful wildflowers are upon the altar and usually worn. It is the changing point of the year, and the celebration of the spiral dance of the year is common among Wiccans. It a celebration with much joy, and much feasting. Many wiccans wear bright colors and flowers. Litha’s usual food is honeycakes or cornbread. In the past, bonfires were leapt to encourage fertility, purification, health and love. Midsummer is a classic time for magick of all kinds (Summer Solstice).
  • Lughnassadh/Lammas (August 1):  This is the big celebration of the harvest. As always there is feasting and dancing, but it is a bit more somber than many of the other holidays. Some Pagans celebrate this day as the day to bake their bread and cakes for the coming winter, and do no actual rituals except for blessing the foods prepared. Pagans see this as a time when the God loses his strength as the days grow slowly shorter. The Goddess watches in sorrow and joy as she realizes the the God is dying, but her son will be the new one.
  • Mabon (September 21): This is the weavers festival.Cords are braided together to add to someone’s life and make it better. Covens will braid everyone’s braids together to combine and unite the power symbolically. This holidays is not as widely celebrated as the others, but there is still food and drinks. It is somber as the God is losing more strength and will die soon. (Autumn Equinox)
  • Samhain (October 31): This is a somber day when Wiccans reflect upon all the people they have lost in the past year and come to terms with their losses. It is a time for dimensional openings and workings, and also the mourning of the death of the God. It is a timeto end relationships and bad situations, and it is the time when one can see the glimmer of hope in the future.

I hope this Sparksnotes version of Wicca helped you! If you have more specific questions don’t hesitate to ask me! ^^

100 Holiday Writing Prompts!

Send me a character/pairing + fandom and a number and I’ll write you a ficlet!

  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

So @marchingjaybird had the great idea to do a Yule instagram prompt, counting down to this year’s Yule on December 22nd! Each day we will be taking a picture inspired by the above grid and posting them on instagram/tumblr with the hashtag #yuleadvent. Our will probably have a witchy theme to them, but you can do whatever you feel!

Please feel free to save and share the above image wherever you like! Here is a list of each prompt, incase you have trouble reading the above image:

- 1. Red - 2. Cheer - 3. Light - 4. Peace - 5. Tree - 6. Warm - 7. Cold - 8. Home - 9. Green - 10. Decorate - 11. Night - 12. Love - 13. Festive - 14. Sacred - 15. Silver and Gold - 16. Craft - 17. Feast - 18. Joy - 19. Tradition - 20. Friends - 21. Family - 22. Yule -

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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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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.

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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! :)

selfhate-me  asked:

How do you guys celebrate christmas? (If at all?)

Stiffler was raised Pagan, so we mostly celebrate Yule with their family. Most years, we go over to their grandmother’s on Yule and light things on fire, then to their Dad’s/Grandpa’s home on the evening of the 24th and eat a lot, do the gift thing and get home before midnight. We usually don’t get each other gifts because we can’t afford it, but we do try to make something for each other if we have time, like a card or a piece of art or even a dessert.

We always have the 25th to ourselves these days, and we just like to chill at home alone, play video games and take a long walk through the forest while all the Christians are busy. And have a fuck-ton of blasphemous sex. Sometimes in the forest.

itsoverandshesgone  asked:

Do you have any suggestions on things to do to celebrate yule? This will be my first time celebrating and i dont really know what to do.

If you work with altars, you can set an altar with yule symbolism. 
Some things you can use are sun symbolis, lights; colors such as green, red, gold; winter fruits, you can have a tree like the christimas tree (all the christimas symbolism is pagan)

Basically yule is the sun “being born” again. It’s the light coming back. 

  • So you can make a meditation on the yule day, on seomthing that is related to that energy. You can do it in nature, if you can. 
  • In some traditions, peopel stay awaken in the night of yule to “support” the goddes that will give birth to the sun god. So you can schedule your meditation to the night. 
  • You can also cast spells, or do any ritual that you feel that resonates with that specific date.
  • You can light a candle to represent the light of yule, the sun coming back.
  • Ideas or things that are related to yule: family, light, fire, preparing yourself for something in the future, planning something ahead…
  • Eating something special, there are recipes for yule on the internet,
  • Being with friends, family, can also be a way of celebrating it.