A Peaceful Holiday

The full moon hovered brightly over the land last eve and Yule was nigh.  The 12 days of Christmas was originally the 12 days of Yule.  Festivities, bonfires, hearth fires, the yule log, the decorated trees, feeding the birds and other wildlife, exchanging gifts, and checking on the elderly and homebound fill the days of Yule…

December Morning Dawn

The lavender sky spreads and stretches over rolling pastures and forests of trees. Along the railroad tracks the mist lightly rolls as dawn awakes Golden sun rises and the air is ever cool in the December morning breeze Deer move along the tracks with motions swift on crisp winter grass.   Here at cozy home the…

The Spirit of Yuletide Décor

Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and most Joyous Yule, my dear friends.  Our household, throughout the year, tends to honor and celebrate the oldest of traditions and beliefs, long before organized religion and that feels beautiful and real to us.  We will be celebrating Yule, but since I was raised Christian and Doug was raised Jewish,…

The Magic of a Yuletide Card

Thanksgiving eve.  There is always so much to be thankful for.  Health, family, security, home, and an inspired life.  These things I think of and am thankful for each day of the year.  As a vegetarian and a history lover, Thanksgiving isn’t really my favorite holiday.  And this year my children will be other places.  So, I have…

The Entertaining Farmgirl’s Yuletide Gathering

The breeze blew mischievously as Doug continued lighting the luminarias that lined the walk, the oil lanterns, and the dozens and dozens of tea lights.  The house was ready for a party.  And so was I.   Luminarias are prevalent in New Mexico where they light the way for travelers and carolers alike.  Simply fold…

Yule and the Talking Tree

The Yule tree is always a conifer because evergreens survive the winter and they are a sign of hope and renewal. I worked with a lovely Comanche elder for years and he told me the story about taking his children to gather cedar for ceremony.  As the children watched, he asked the tree if he…

Keeping Yule Celebrations Alive

The nights were dark and starry.  Cold as the winds blew and the people of the time stayed indoors, lamps and fires lit, families gathered in the dimly lit homes of the land. The solstice was coming soon and across the lands the sun would shine a bit more each day.  This was a cause for…

The Power of Letters and Holiday Cards

Opening the mailbox, I peek inside, hoping for the seasonal item that I adore, a holiday card.  This time of year as we skip to the mailbox there are more than just bills and advertisements, there are notes and photos and messages of love and good tidings.  Someone took a moment out of their busy day to…

The Storytelling Tree

Ornaments are special.  They tell stories and relive memories on the glistening tree. This year when we went on our family vacation and visited the North Pole I picked up an ornament that held nine names.  It helped seal the moment.  We will look back at that ornament and relive the fun we had riding…

Enchanting Christmas Decor

Decorating for the holidays is one of the great joys of the season.  Transforming your home into an even more enchanting version of itself adds to the details of Yule. #1 Adding faux fur rugs and blankets creates a warm, cozy feel. Even if the children have moved out, or if you never had children,…