[CAM] More on the Yule Moot

Kemp, Charvonne F. Charvonne.Kemp at umb.com
Tue Nov 17 14:54:49 CST 2009

This sounds like so much FUN!!! 


I will have left over wreath like materials from Boar's Head and I have a quite a few of trimmings and décor I can bring to donate to the festivities. The youth will also be able to participate and I will be  hosting youth activities that coordinate with what is already happening. I also have 2 bottles of Gluwein, (German warm wine),that I can contribute.




Please be advised that if the weather is what I need it to be that day, the children will be out of doors for one of the activities. 

PLEASE dress your children in clothing that can be played in and keep them warm and dry while outside. 


I don't know if I can handle 2 weekends in a row of so much goodness!!!!!!!!



Giddy Nikea



From: cam-bounces at minstrel.com [mailto:cam-bounces at minstrel.com] On Behalf Of Linda Moore
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 2:49 PM
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Subject: [CAM] More on the Yule Moot


I wanted to take a minute and describe some of the things I have planned for the Yule Moot, so that if you want to prepare, you can.

Of course, all of these are voluntary; no one will be expected to do anything other than relax, socialize and have fun!



Yule Log

For the Vikings, the yule log was an integral part of their celebration of the solstice, the julfest; on the log they would carve runes representing unwanted traits (such as ill fortune or poor honor) that they wanted . . . take[n] from them.

. . . part of the log was kept for the following year, when it would be used to light the new yule log.

-I am hoping that we will have a log that we can burn in a grill outside.  Bring anything you wish to have 'burned' with you, and leftover pieces will be distributed for good luck, and to start your own Yule log next year.

Yule Wreath

In Scandinavia, the centre of the Yule festivities (especially before the German tree was adopted) was the Yule wreath; many families have wrought-iron candleholder wreaths as family heirlooms, and these are also woven with evergreen branches.

-We will have forms, evergreens and and decorations available to make your own wreath to decorate your home.


Wassail comes from the Old English words waes hael, which means "be well," "be hale," or "good health." A strong, hot drink (usually a mixture of ale, honey, and spices) would be put in a large bowl, and the host would lift it and greet his companions with "waes hael," to which they would reply "drinc hael," which meant "drink and be well." Over the centuries some non-alcoholic versions of wassail evolved.

-I will bring wassail with me for a toast during the pot-luck feast.  It would have been traditional to pass the cup around for everyone to drink from, but please bring your own mug or cup that will hold a hot drink to share in the good wishes!

The Twelve Days of Christmas (yes, this is post period for us, but it sounded fun...)

Although the specific origins of the chant are not known, it possibly began as a Twelfth Night "memories-and-forfeits" game, in which a leader recited a verse, each of the players repeated the verse, the leader added another verse, and so on until one of the players made a mistake. . .

-So, let's make our own Twelve Days.  Instead of a leader, each person will add a verse, and we will go around the room writing our own version - and see how many you can remember.

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