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Posted: Nov. 17, 2002
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Your Gift, Craft and Holiday Celebration Ideas!
Over the last few weeks, TWV has tried to offer a balanced assortment of gift, craft and Yule/Solstice planning/celebration ideas. Gifts can be homegrown and homemade and some other ideas may send you off to "shop 'til you drop". We would now like to hear about YOUR gift giving ideas. Are you making some gifts or craft items this year? Would you like to share your favorite 'bargain spots on the web" secrets with us? Do you have any good projects for Pagan children or ideas for coven/group/family special 'traditions' that can help to make the Holidays especially meaningful or spiritual? C'mon! Give!
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| My Neo-pagan Family History Begins With Me. Christianity Has Always Left Me... ||Dec 18th. at 11:19:45 am EST|
|Archer (Cleveland, New York US) ||Age: 46 - Email |
My Neo-Pagan family history begins with me. Christianity has always left me cold, and it wasnŐt until almost 2 years ago that I realized that I had an awful lot in common with folks that call themselves Wiccans and Pagans. At about that same time, I began keeping a journal, and occasionally I take material from my journal and other sources and put it into something akin to a Book of Shadows.... but my book is nothing that I want kept in the shadows. It is more like a book of light to me, and in it I am saving writings, pictures, and other human expressions that help me connect with the force that ultimately links us all.
I plan to pass this book on to my children with the hope that they might find some value in it, and perhaps use it to help find their own paths as well. I have always been reluctant to impose any religion on my children, Paganism or otherwise. I want them to be exposed to a variety of thought, and make up their own minds. ItŐs not important to me if history recognizes these times as "a historical moment in Pagan history, " butÉ it would please me if history remembers these times as when we all learned to respect each others visions of deity.
| It's Going To Be Hard For Me This Yule Because I Just... ||Dec 16th. at 9:43:42 pm EST|
|Adelandaya BirchGrove (DeKalb, Illinois US) ||Age: 28 - Email |
It's going to be hard for me this Yule because I just lost my job and was barely staying ahead of creditors as it is. I have craftmaking tools but am feeling unmotivated to use them. I was planning to make some little presents for some friends who've been giving me emotional, spiritual and financial support. See, I just deconverted from evangelical Christianity July of 1999, and made myself a pentacle this past June when I finally realized, "I'm a Pagan, damn it, and I don't have to wait and save up $40 for a really cool pentacle when I can make my own for much less!" So I got several small wooden circular disks, some hemp, some eyebolts, and a few paints and varnish and whatnot, and made my own. I planned to make some more necklaces with the holy symbols my friends give honor to for Yule, but I'm feeling so down that I don't know when or if I'll get to it.
They aren't difficult to make. Any craft store will have small wooden circle disks for less than 50-75 cents each, hemp's not bad, the paint and varnish and such like will be the most expensive so just getting red, yellow and blue helps cut your costs. I got a quick drying varnish so that it takes very little time to make one. The only problem I have is that I don't have access to a microdrill, but if you have one (or a drill with a very small bit) you can put a tiny eyebolt in the top once you're done, string some hemp and have a very nice present. I made a Unitarian Universalist chalice necklace for my mother, and I have three pentacles and one Celtic cross to make.
My best to you all for a very good holiday.
| A Little More Involved Than Most People Like To Get: This Year... ||Dec 15th. at 6:44:39 pm EST|
|Tabeth (Akron, Ohio US) ||Age: 25 |
A little more involved than most people like to get:
This year, my husband got tons of tattoos--a big Green Man backpiece, a Celtic Tree-of-Life sleeve, Celtic zoomorphs on his chest, etc. My family kidded him and teased him ceaselessly about what tattoos they'd get, if only they were as "cool" as him. Therefore, we took all their suggestions and are silk-screening long-sleeved T-shirts with their tattoo ideas. My grandfather, a retired Marine, is getting the Marines bulldog with "Semper Fi" across the chest; my uncle, a motorcycle punk, is getting his name on a Harley Davidson logo; my mother, who dreams of Japan, is getting an elaborate traditional Japanese design of koi-fish.
| My Idea Was To Make Wands For People This Year, Even Nonpagans... ||Dec 15th. at 5:57:16 pm EST|
|Amethyst Moon (Waianae, Hawaii US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
My idea was to make wands for people this year, even nonpagans and then they are just used for decoration.
| I'm A Crafty Kitchen Witch, So I've Always Got Projects That I... ||Dec 15th. at 4:13:59 pm EST|
|Lisa Bashert (Southeast , Michigan US) ||Age: 43 - Email |
I'm a crafty kitchen witch, so I've always got projects that I make for those I love. This year I made paper ornaments with cookie stamps (Check out the pagan cookie stamps at azuregreen.com). Take several sheets of cotton bond white paper, tear into 1" x 1" bits and soak for 15 minutes in a bowl of water, then buzz in blender until pulpy and smooth. Press out most of the water. Add glitter if desired. Take a lump of pulp slightly smaller than a pingpong ball and press hard onto the cookie stamp, squeezing out as much of the water as possible. Completely cover the stamp -- the ragged edges of the paper add to the charm when these are dry. Then press the stamp and paper hard against two thicknesses of cotton towel. By now, the pulp should be as dry as possible. Gently pry the pulp off the stamp -- you may need a paring knife to loosen it. Set aside to dry. When the ornaments are completely dry, they look like sparkly snowflakes. Gently pass a threaded needle through the top of the design to hang.
| Since I Have Little Money This Year, Most Of My Presents Are... ||Dec 15th. at 11:13:36 am EST|
|Sylver Hawke (Worcester, New York US) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Since I have little money this year, most of my presents are homemade. I decided everyone loves cookies at Christmas. There's where my idea began. I found a recipe booklet with difficult-looking cookies that are simple to make (like walnut balls, carmel-lace cookies, and pistachio fingers). Then I knew they needed to be put into something so I had some old tins from the boy scout's popcorn. I wrapped body of the tin with wrapping paper held on with spray adhesive. Then I cutout shapes and image from wrapping paper and cards and did a collage over that. That way the tins had a Christmas theme that I had made and could take pride in. I put some paper doilies lining the bottom and filled them full up with delicious cookies. I think this gift is more meaningful than anything I could have bought at a store.
| Well, I Like To Work With My Hands (even Though I Can't... ||Dec 14th. at 11:50:24 pm EST|
|Erin (HB, California US) ||Age: 17 - Email |
Well, i like to work with my hands (even though i can't type worth jack), and so i am making deco-poche boxes. i go to pearl crafts or micheles, and by inexpensive tan coloured paper machae boxes, paint, colourful paper picures (rapping paper works) and deco-poche glue spread. well, when you put it all together, it looks awesome. they also supply crestent moons, and sunburst papermachae figures. they can be anything, like cut a hole in the top, and a slot on the mouth, and you have a cute piggy bank! or they can hang there and be decorative. they come out beautiful, and i love making them. however, time is needed, like always. i hope some of you out there like this idea!
Merry Met, and happy tidings!
| This Year, I'm Going To Give My Family Belated Gifts. I Am... ||Dec 14th. at 1:55:27 pm EST|
|Candle Ogham (Sacile, Italy) ||Age: 22 - Email |
This year, I'm going to give my family belated gifts. I am going to take pictures of the girls and buy nice frames. Since we live overseas, our families only see them thru pics and I think that this will be the best gift I can give them short of sending them both in a box! For the holidays, I've put my 2 year old to work helping me decorate the altar and the Yule log. She enjoys not only spending time doing something important but also spending time with her mom. I ordered her a Pikachu doll from ebay (a Pokemon fanatic) and my 1 year old is getting a baby doll.
| I Will Likely Trek The Malls During The Very Last Minute For... ||Dec 13th. at 10:31:16 pm EST|
|Joseph (Dover, Delaware US) ||Age: 46 - Email |
I will likely trek the malls during the very last minute for the gifts I entend to give. I usually think of the person to whom I entend to give the gift, then try to sense what they might like. It seems to work. But, to a few I will also give something that belongs to me. Something that I have enjoyed. It may be a small ceramic, it may be a book of poems. My hope is that they will enjoy the item as much as I have.
| This Yule My Family Is Adding A Personal Touch. I Make Candles... ||Dec 13th. at 7:55:17 pm EST|
|)Mardeluna( and family (Laurel, Maryland US) ||Age: 29 - Email |
This yule my family is adding a personal touch. I make candles, so of coarse, we are giving friends candles. We are also making scented bath salts (homemade), cakes, hand made cards, and having a party to celebrate friendship and life. It brings us closer together and teaches the children the true meaning of the holidays... giving of yourself.
| Yule Is A Time To Remember The Things That You Cherish. Primarily... ||Dec 13th. at 6:05:09 pm EST|
|Cateyes (Gallup, New Mexico US) ||Age: 17 - Email |
Yule is a time to remember the things that you cherish. Primarily the ones you love, for my loved ones I prepare baskets of goodies and for the Wiccansin my life a charm that I bless which they would enjoy. There are so many things that anyone could send. But as a college student I have very little to spend.
| One Of The Yule "traditions" I've Created With My Sisters Is Adopting... ||Dec 13th. at 4:29:48 pm EST|
|Maya (Taylor, Michigan US) ||Age: 24 - Email |
One of the Yule "traditions" I've created with my sisters is adopting a needy family for the holidays. For the past two years, we've "adopted" a needy family in the Detroit area, supplied them with wreaths, clothing, food, and sometimes toys. Even though our budget is limited we try to give as much as we can, and sometimes we have to be creative about it. This is an excellent opportunity to help others in our community, adhere to the Law of Threefold, and dispell the ugly myth that witches/pagans are evildoers. This giving mentality carries on the Yuletide tradition of giving, sharing, and everyone in the community partaking in a feast/merriment just before the hardest days of winter.
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