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2018 Winter Holiday Activities
Decorating Our Church Home
Saturday, Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m. Noon (or whenever we finish). All ages welcome.
Help decorate our sanctuary and the Martin House. The church has some holiday decorations but more are always welcome.
For more information, contact building and grounds chair, Bill Pfoutz.
Yule Dinner and Bonfire Ritual
Friday, Dec. 21 @ 7 p.m., regardless of weather.
Vegetarian-friendly dinner provided. RSVP by Dec. 14 to Max Poston. All ages welcome.
The event is open to the pagan and pagan curious of all flavors who RSVP by Dec. 14 to Max.
Yule is the perfect UU holiday. It’s cross-cultural, earth-centered, and ancient. Yule is easily marked without any reference to a deity, prophet, or other day on any calendar. In its simplest definition, Yule is when winter days start to get longer again. The symbolism writes itself. The promise of life returning is universally good news. Draw your own parallels from there and you end up with the dozen holidays in a dozen faiths that rejoice in rebirth.
The reminder that winter will eventually be over matters most to those who are treated worse by the cold. It’s not a coincidence that we most commonly use an ancient Germanic pronunciation of a Norse term for the day. It’s a little off to say that Yule is the winter solstice though. Yule’s actually the twelve days from the solstice until New Year’s day. Astronomically, the sun seems to stop the morning procession across the horizon on the solstices. I’ve always interpreted it as once the sun gets back on track, the year gets permission to start again. A lot of us do the same thing. It’s our time of rest. Pagan paths are full of correspondences that often seem arbitrary, but like so much about Yule, using the “holidays” as a time of rest and renewal seems natural. So this year enjoy some exotic heathen traditions of Yule. Have family meals together, give each other gifts you pretend are from magical, reindeer driven men, put a log on a fire. If you’re feeling especially daring and not afraid of what the neighbors will say, you could even bring an evergreen in your house and decorate it. Go wild.
Memories of Winter Lights
Sunday, Dec. 23 @ 10:45 a.m.
Readings, holiday songs, and shared reminiscences of traditional winter celebrations: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and Yule.
An inter-generational service for everyone school-age and older. The nursery will be staffed for younger children.
Christmas Eve Service: Generous Hearts in Hard Times
Monday, Dec. 24 @ 7 p.m.
An inter-generational service for everyone school-age and older.
Celebrate Christmas Eve with familiar carols, the soft light of candles, the warmth of fellowship and a holiday story set in the Great Depression, when a young boy discovers the joy of generosity.
Our UUCH Players bring the holidays to life with dramatic readings of the first Christmas story and an illustrated holiday tale, An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco.
An Orange for Frankie is set on a Midwestern farm in the 1930s. Frankie and his large family are busy with last minute preparations for Christmas and trying to hide their concern about Father who is long overdue from his trip to the city. Frankie is also troubled by some choices he has made.
Please bring some cookies to share after the service. Warm drinks provided.