Yule Season 2017
Yule Season 2017
Norse Father makes his specialty: a Yule Boar (Ham)! So yummy!
Our goats are made "anatomically correct" as male goats in Nordic tradition.
The goat pictured above in the bottom left corner (check marked) is what they were supposed to look like!
This is what we made:
After our goat-making adventure, we made dehydrated apple chips. Norse Father got his handy peeler and apple corer out so the little ones could help too!
Now that the season has been officially kicked-off, the Yule Goat is hidden in someone's home and as soon as it is found, it is then hidden in someone else's home. This game continues through New Year's and the last house with the Yule Goat starts the hiding the following year!
We spend the time between Thanksgiving and Yule visiting everyone's homes and leaving small, practical gifts in their stockings. Gifts are simple winter or preparedness themed, and the only mandatory gift is a "Yule Buck" (a dollar).
We also observe the tradition of the Yule Cat (Jólakötturinn), an Icelandic tradition and give each person an item of clothing for winter. We don't give "presents", instead everyone is responsible for having winter gear and winter preparedness items. This keeps anyone from being eaten by the Yule Cat!
On Yule morning, we all meet at Viking House and have another feast - complete with yet another Norse Father's Yule Boar!
After the feast, we go through our stockings then don our winter gear to go outside and play. We had a wonderful Yule this year, as it started snowing the night before!
What to do with snow? Build a mini sledding hill - of course!
Everyone gathered snow balls - large ones - and brought them together.
Peter and Ivonova pause for a photo op!
Kara is first to test the new sledding hill
Then everyone had a turn!
Alyssa - Ivonova - Norse Mother
The little ones had a blast!
Peter and Ivonova doing a double-decker belly toboggan!
Norse Father said, "Let me show you how that's done!"
And the day is not over yet!
It was decided that forts needed built and a snowball war was to take place. This was serious business!
Norse Father and Norse Mother chose Team Iceland and declared themselves winners!
New Year's Eve
For New Year's eve, we played poker (Norse Mother won, of course) and we toasted the Queen.
A tired bunch by the end of the evening.
At midnight, we burned our Yule Goats and toasted the ancestors.
Happy New Year 2018!
We had another beautiful day on New Year's day and the river outside was well frozen. We couldn't resist another round of fun and competition, so we made a sled hill onto the frozen river.
Everyone took turns sledding onto the ice to see who could go the farthest.
Either Peter or Alex won, but I really can't remember!
It was an amazing holiday season with the family!