The 5th Night of Yule

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The fifth night of Yule is sacred to community. If you have a Pagan group you gather with, you may want to organize a potluck, wassail, or other such get together and (even better) make it open to the public. (Community is not just your Pagan group.)

Hail, ye Givers! a guest is come;
say! where shall he sit within?
Much pressed is he who fain on the hearth
would seek for warmth and weal.
-Hávamál

If, however, you start your 12 Yule nights on the twentieth every year (like we do), the fifth night of Yule always falls on the 24th of December. Most Pagans I know still observe the customs of Christmas Eve with their extended families and may not be available for such a get-together.

However, depending on where you live, you may find some kind of liberal/interdenominational community celebration going on, similar to those ideas mentioned above… it doesn’t matter that you’re not celebrating the same thing. The point is reconnecting with community, whoever/wherever your larger community is.

Where we live, the town square is lit up and filled with people all December long, so this is a great night to go out in the center of the community and see the lights, listen to the live music, and get a hot chocolate and some kettle corn from the street vendors. It’s our go-to option for getting out into the community if we have no other plans.

5th Night

Back home, we make gingerbread people and/or gingerbread houses. Our story for the kids is Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup by Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs.(A song is part of the story, and a CD is included in the back of the book.)

Our simple blessing:
May the Æsir and Vanir watch over this community.
May peace come to all who live here.

Our playlist:
Turn the World Around by Belafonte
I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing by The New Seekers
Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone
Joy To The World by Three Dog Night
All Together Now by The Farm

5th night of Yule

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