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Shahaku
30 Oct 2017, 18:53
So, I typically hold any overnight event in our area, like a lock-in, for Yule. And I'd really like to continue to do so, but am unsure of where top hold it. We love in eastern Iowa. I used to do it at our UU, but the politics there got a bit unbearable (apparently the local UU is the regional trouble child). So I can't do it there. We need space for ritual. So our house. I need room for 10-15 people. Any advise?

I've looked at renting a lodge on park land, but it's still expensive. I'd like to have a fireplace available, but it's unnecessry.

thalassa
08 Nov 2017, 11:54
The pagan group here rents out an entire state park campground in FL--we pay $60 for the 4 of us to go and camp overnight...

Here in GA, group campsites which can accommodate up to 50 cost only around $35-65--granted the weather here is still generally shorts in the day time (maybe a sweatshirt at night), so that might not be so do-able in IA, but depending on what prices are, tent camping, a fire, and some pop-ups with battery or solar LEDs can go a long way for a group of people. BYO sleeping bag...and buy a box of hand warmers.

anunitu
08 Nov 2017, 12:05
Good to see you Thal.

volcaniclastic
20 Dec 2018, 09:46
It's that time of year again! What's everyone's Yule plans this holiday?

I'm getting a small group of humans (and dogs) together for a bonfire in my backyard. I'm not super mobile yet from the surgery, but I can mull some cider and stand around a fire. I'll use one of our logs for the house (we're wood-heated) and decorate it as a yule log to burn in the fire.

Mostly though, we'll probably stand around and drink cider, eat smokies and marshmallows, and burn a yule log. I'm a strong believer in not pushing my beliefs on friends, so they know this is a solstice bonfire, but I'm not going to do much in the way of ritual. Just warm fires, and good friends. It's enough for me.

kalynraye
20 Dec 2018, 11:20
I will be attending a friends Yule service this year. Its been a while since I joined a group for Yule.
Little nervous, little excited.

anubisa
21 Dec 2018, 20:56
Unfortunately, I don't have much in store for celebrating Yule. I've been concentrating on gifts for everyone and such. However, I still celebrate in my heart.

Shahaku
21 Dec 2018, 22:14
We're opening gifts in the morning. I wanted to go to the overnight they're doing in the next town over, but it didn't work out. So, now I am quietly holding vigil while my sickish kid watches tv on the couch. Shrug. Maybe next year.

Eleanor
22 Dec 2018, 02:54
We're opening gifts in the morning. I wanted to go to the overnight they're doing in the next town over, but it didn't work out. So, now I am quietly holding vigil while my sickish kid watches tv on the couch. Shrug. Maybe next year.
That's unfortunate. I hope you'll have a happy Yule nonetheless :)

I love bonfires! We'll maybe have one in our backyard on new year's eve with friends. My family celebrates Christmas and Yule together at my aunt's every year. We give each other presents and my aunt cooks something delicious every year. It's mostly just a Christmas party, but the pagans among us wish each other a happy Yule as well. I don't really care how it's called, I just like spending time together with friends and family like this.