EXPLANATION & INFORMATION
Look for these illustrated books at your local library to teach your children about the Winter Solstice and some general traditions associated with it in various cultures:
•The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer (for ages 4-8)
•We Celebrate Winter by Bobbie Kalman.
•Grandmother Winter by Phyllis Root (for ages 4-8) Impressive scratchboard-and-watercolor illustrations highlight a fanciful tale regarding the origin of snow, based on Mother Holle from German folklore.
•The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren (for ages 4-8)
For stories aligned with the 12 Nights of Yule theme:
From D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (for ages 5 and up), read:
•“Frigg and the Goddesses” for Modranecht,
•“Odin’s Eight-legged Steed” for the 2nd night of Yule,
•stories about Thor and Frey for the 3rd night,
•“Njord, Frey and Freya” for the 4th night,
•“The Creation of Man” for the 5th night,
•stories about Thor for the 7th night,
•“Skade, the Ski-goddess” for the 8th night,
•“Odin, the All-father” for the 9th night,
•“The Creation of Man” for the 10th night (Ancestor theme),
•“The Valkyries and Valhalla” for the 11th night, and
•“The Creation of the World” for the 12th night of Yule.
*Equivalent stories may also be found in Gods and Heroes from Viking Mythology by Brian Branston, which has a more Pagan-friendly tone and ending.
•Make bird treats and decorate a tree outside with them.
•Make Yule tree ornaments with salt dough.
•Fold & cut sun faces and paper snowflakes.
•Make paper sunbursts and starbursts.
•Make jingle bell instruments; string jingle bells onto pipe cleaners, then wrap onto sticks.
•Help with the holiday baking and decorating.
•Make Yule gifts for family members.
•Sing Yule carols and use jingle bell instruments as accompaniment.