In ancient times, our ancestors lit bonfires during this time year. It was called, among the Celts, the Winter Fire. It was thought that these massive fires would light the path home for their passed kin, a beacon to attract the spirits of their loved ones. Around these fires the Folk would gather and tell stories of their kin and their adventures.
These recipes are from one of our Swiss members. Thank you Hariulf OR for sharing these recipes with Acorn Hollow!
Yule is a time for family and fun and doing things together. As a child I remember being at my Amma’s house and making all of the Icelandic foods. I remember the piles of Pönnukökur, Rosettes, and the many layered cake; Vínarterta.
Please enjoy this Ostara Booklet. Donar’s Hearth OR has used it every year and it never fails to entertain, as well as, create a memoir of the celebration.
A new year means a new calendar and we have one homeschoolers and Odinists families will love!
Snowflakes not only remind us of Winter, but also of Hagalaz the rune for Winter and regeneration.
Every year Donar’s Hearth OR and the Odinic Rite Vinland host a Yule Celebration. The following booklets contain Yule Carols, Crafts, and stories to use through out the Yule Season. We use them every year at our gathering, an everyone – young and old alike – enjoy them. We hope you do too!
Do you need a star for your tree? Or just need some lovely straw stars for your tree? Keeping with the traditional straw crafts of Scandinavia, the star below is simple enough for kids, yet complex in their lovely design.
The Danish Yule Heart (Julhjarta) is a beautiful symbol of Freya and Frigga. The loving caresses of our Goddesses warm our hearts and souls through the cold dark season.
Blakey AOR of Frey’s Beacon Hearth in the Northwest of England made this Yule card featuring Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir and he also wrote the verse inside it.
Well done Blakey!
A winter nights would not be complete without a scrumptious feast to celebrate. The recipes below are tried and true from Acorn Hollow families! Enjoy, and remember to set a plate out for your ancestors and the wights!
The Harvest Wreath beautiful reminder is a potent symbol of the cycle of life. It is an infinite loop representing our connection – past, present, future. The addition of natural items collected from your neighborhood and local wild areas adds to the unique quality of this craft.
Apples are a consummate symbol of autumn. From Idunna in Northern Europe to Pomona in the South, the apple is a holy symbol of fertility and luck. The following are some great crafts to help celebrate life, fertility and the lovely little apple!
The Celts would make these lanterns with scary faces to frighten off malevolent spirits.
Bobbing for apples has become a staple in Halloween celebrations all over Midgard. Children look forward to this seemingly harmless tradition every year. Although great fun in modern times, bobbing for apples begins with the ancient Celts and Romans.
Although too much movie and tv watching is not something Acorn Hollow condones, the reality is that many families enjoy watching movies together. In that spirit, we would like to offer some movies that our families enjoy!
In this short article I will talk about a little known Germanic people: the Burgundians. The Burgundians have played an important role in what became the modern Switzerland. Indeed the part of the Swiss settled by the Burgundians became the “Suisse Romande” (French speaking part of Switzerland). The German part of Switzerland was settled by another Germanic tribe, the Alamanni.
Printable rune stone worksheet.
What do we mean by “dragon” and how and why is it important to “tame” it.
This activity will help you to visualise your family tree. Here we show you 3 generations, but there is no reason that you should stop there. Talk to parents and grandparents and ask them how far back you can trace your family tree.