For those who are interested, here's the plan for our Yule celebrations:
We're kicking things off tonight with roasted chestnuts, mince pies and cocoa.
Tomorrow we'll exchange our first present from each other, we have a present for each other and something from Kero for each of us for each of the five days we're exchanging presents, so for each present exchange where I say "from each other" I mean the present from Kero too; so two presents each for Kelly and I, and a present for Kero. Anyway, we'll be doing some baking (mince pies, and three different types of cookies). I'll also be doing a ritual to banish negative energies from the home (which I'll tell you more about afterwards).
Thursday we'll exchange our second present from each other, and we have a day of crafting planned (that's when we'll make our holiday ornament(s); we'll also do any other crafts we feel like doing). Also, I have a meditation ritual planned for that evening.
Friday we'll exchange our third present from each other, then we have a day of gaming planned; I'll tell you what we play afterwards. We're thinking we'll have a roleplaying session though. In the evening I plan to read a book called "A Treasury Of Christmas Tales" which has a variety of short holiday stories such as "The Nutcracker" and "The Little Match Girl" and a short version of "A Christmas Carol" in it; I brought it a few years ago, and I love it, and think it's a perfect addition to the holidays. I got my brother a copy last year; he loves it too!
Saturday we'll exchange another present from each other, then we're spending the day watching holiday movies. And after the stockings are laid out for "Santa" to fill them, I'll be reading the two short Christmas stories I love to read Christmas Eve; "The Bear Father Christmas Forgot" and "A Candle In The Forest"
Sunday we'll have our stockings and present from "Santa" then exchange the final present we have for each other, plus we'll have any presents we have from family and friends that day. Then we'll be on the phone on and off all day talking to family members; I've scheduled times to call most of them so our phonecalls don't interrupt their holiday plans. Then, in the evening, we'll do the prep work for the holiday feast we'll be cooking the next day.
Monday we'll be cooking and enjoying our holiday feast. Since I'm a vegetarian and Kelly isn't, and we have different food preferences, we'll be making different things for each of us; chicken and vegetable pie and some glazed ham for Kelly, and a cranberry nut roast with roast potatoes, roast parsnips, sprouts, carrots and peas for me. Plus I'm making wassail, and we have some snacks (crisps - as in potato chips - and nuts and things) to pick at. Also, we'll have leftover cookies and mince pies from the baking I'm doing tomorrow, so it should be quite a feast!
Also, every night through the holidays we'll be lighting two holiday candles we have for a little while; one is a "mulled wine" scented one that my Mam got us last year, the other is a "cinnamon" scented one that was among the things I got from Susan recently.
And, of course, there will be lots of cocoa drinking and holiday music playing throughout all the above mentioned activities... Although, no holiday music playing while we watch the movies, of course; though I expect there will be plenty of cocoa drinking! ;)
So, there you go, that's what we'll be up to. What about you?