Annual Community Yule Ritual, Feast and All Night Vigil
Saturday December 20 – Sunday December 21
Sunset is at 4:38pm Saturday evening.
Sunrise is 7:17am Sunday morning.
The longest night of the year.
This is a little more complicated than your typical ritual, so please read carefully!
Come join us for a Yule ritual, feast, Yule Tree decorating, gift exchange, and all night vigil, where we will be keeping and protecting the flame of the Sun all night, until sunrise the next morning.
Those who stay all night, and don’t want to go to Red Rocks, will be treated to a homemade Southern Breakfast in addition to the Feast.
This is a kid friendly event, though my house is NOT child proofed, and those with kids are excused from staying all night, if they want their kids to sleep in their own beds. (I may not be a parent, but I’ve played one.)
This will be an unusual ritual in that people are welcome to come and go as they need to. The point is to have people tend the Solar Fire all night, so that it is protected and nurtured on this, the longest night of the year. The following morning before sunrise, those who want to trek up to Red Rocks for Drumming Up The Sun, can do so.
Those who want to stay, can help us send the Solar Flame back to the sun, and watch the sun rise over the horizon (unless there is a thick icey fog). Then they will get to eat a hardy homemade Southern breakfast. Your arteries will harden just from thinking about it, but it will keep you warm for your journey home.
People can start arriving at 3pm Saturday afternoon. Ritual
will start at 4pm. Layer your clothing, you will be outside for at least an
At 6pm, the Feast will be Blessed, then served. The evening’s main dish will be beef stew, which we will provide. We ask those attending to bring a side dish or dessert. If you don’t eat meat, you don’t get any stew.
After the Feast, the Yule tree will be decorated by the community. We are asking everyone to bring one (1) Yule ornament to place on the tree. This can be something specifically for this Yule tree, or it can be an ornament from your own Yule Tree. This is a tree that the community decorates. The kids will start decorating first, followed by the adults.
After the tree has been decorated we will have a Chinese Gift Exchange. If you do not know what that is, the rules will be explained before we begin. We are asking everyone who wishes to participate, to bring one (1) wrapped gift costing no more than $20 to exchange. Only those who bring a gift, will get a gift. You will not know who will get your gift, so it should be something that most anyone might enjoy.
Because this is a kid friendly event, we would like everyone to bring a (1) simple, age appropriate gift for a child (Child being anything from newborn to 13 years old). If everyone brings something for a child, the kids who attend will probably end up with quite a haul, which is exactly the point. Adults will end up with one (1) gift received for one (1) gift given. If you are bringing a child to the event, leave a note on the conversation board of how many, their ages and genders, so that we all have an idea of age groups to bring child gifts for.
Throughout the night, we will have shifts of people tending the Solar Flame, making sure that it does not die. This is the primary purpose of the gathering and ritual. Everyone will take a turn at keeping the fire going. If you’d like to bring a few pieces of wood to fuel the fire, please feel free. We expect to have at least two people tending the fire at any time, and since there will be a fire, anyone who wants to bring drums, should. Why just drum up the sun, when you can drum all night long?
We will be eating, drinking, partying and celebrating all night. Before sunrise, those who make it through the night, will either take off for Red Rocks, or will join us in a short journey to where we can meet the sunrise, and send back the Solar Flame to the Reborn Sun.
The most amazing breakfast will follow.
If you come, be prepared to spend 18 to 20 hours. Between the eggnog, gift exchange, food, drink (alcoholic and non), celebration, revelry, and ritual vigil, we think there will be plenty to keep you awake all night long. (I promise to have a different video this year)
Because this Meetup group isn't restricted and the event is being held at my house, only members of the Meetup can see the address. If you aren't an official member of the Meetup, but want to come to the event, email me at [masked], and I'll give you directions.
Party like there’s no tomorrow!
If the Sun dies this night, there won’t be.