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  • Navigating the Maelstrom – Part 2: Toddlers and Preschoolers

    Navigating the Maelstrom – Part 2: Toddlers and Preschoolers

    By Hyndla OR

    In the prior article we covered our family’s experiences with infants. Whenever something is written, some things are forgotten, and I wanted to cover a few things before moving on to Toddlers and Preschoolers.

    May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments More
  • Navigating the Maelstrom - Part 1

    Navigating the Maelstrom – Part 1

    By Hyndla OR

    My purpose with these series of articles is to hopefully give parents my point of view on parenting and help them be better parents. I don’t intend to preach at parents or say my way is the best way, but I can say we have had much success and have raised our children from birth to maturity as Odinists. My sincerest hope is that it holds value for someone!

    July 19, 2013 | 2 Comments More
  • The Reason for the Season!

    The Reason for the Season!

    One of the most common questions we get asked is how to get through “Christmas” when you are not a Christian. Well just take a look at what are considered the general trappings of “Christmas” and you will find that it all has origins in the pre-Christian past of our folk.

    December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More
  • Members' Creations

    Members’ Creations

    Here at Acorn Hollow, we pride ourselves in the “Tried and True” crafts. Below are some great examples of our members’ creations. If you have some pictures of your creations, please share, and if we don’t have the craft yet, …

    December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More
  • A Different Kind of Wrapping!

    A Different Kind of Wrapping!

    Sometimes the best part of a gift is the wrapping! One of our commenters offered up some great ideas, and we thought it would be great to share a little “how to” so folks can recreate these fun wrapping ideas this year. Thank you “Frau Williams” for offering these great ideas and sharing them with our Folk!

    December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Recent Articles

Winter Nights and the Healing of the Soul

Winter Nights and the Healing of the Soul

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.

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Glitter Ornaments

Glitter Ornaments

A great way to create some unique personalized ornaments for a Yule tree is to utilize hot glue. This is a very flexible craft where you can make snowflakes, runes, ancient symbols, etc…

December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Swiss Yule Recipes

Swiss Yule Recipes

These recipes are from one of our Swiss members. Thank you Hariulf OR for sharing these recipes with Acorn Hollow!

December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Pönnukökur (Icelandic Pancakes)

Pönnukökur (Icelandic Pancakes)

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.

December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Ostara Booklet from Acorn Hollow

Ostara Booklet from Acorn Hollow

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.

March 9, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Printable Calendar

Printable Calendar

A new year means a new calendar and we have one homeschoolers and Odinists families will love!

January 8, 2012 | 9 Comments More
Snowflakes!

Snowflakes!

Snowflakes not only remind us of Winter, but also of Hagalaz the rune for Winter and regeneration.

December 30, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Donar's Hearth OR Yule Booklets

Donar’s Hearth OR Yule Booklets

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!

December 21, 2011 | 2 Comments More
Scandinavian Stars

Scandinavian Stars

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.

December 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Danish Yule Heart (Julhjarta)

Danish Yule Heart (Julhjarta)

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.

December 14, 2011 | 1 Comment More
A Yule Card by Blakey

A Yule Card by Blakey

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!

December 8, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Winter Nights Feast!

Winter Nights Feast!

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!

October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Harvest Wreath

Harvest Wreath

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.

October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Apple Star

Apples!

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!

October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments More
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The Jack-O-Lantern

The Celts would make these lanterns with scary faces to frighten off malevolent spirits.

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Bobbing for Apples

Bobbing for Apples

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.

October 16, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Odinic Family Friendly Movies

Odinic Family Friendly Movies

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!

October 15, 2011 | 1 Comment More
The Burgundians

The Burgundians

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.

September 18, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Rune stone printable worksheet

Rune stone printable worksheet

Printable rune stone worksheet.

September 6, 2011 | 0 Comments More
How to Tame Your Dragon

How to Tame Your Dragon

What do we mean by “dragon” and how and why is it important to “tame” it.

August 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More