Winter Solstice is also called by Yule. It is the longest day of the year, and generally happens on or around December 21st. Let’s make a Yule log filled with goodies.
Read: “The Yule Lads: A Celebration of Iceland’s Christmas Folklore” by Brian Pilkington. These mischievous lads steal milk, and play tricks on the townsfolk.
Materials needed: Paper towel roll, tissue paper, ribbons, pine cones, leaves, glue, goodies to fill the paper towel roll.
Directions: Let the children put glue on the outside of the paper towel roll. Give them precut pieces of tissue paper long enough to cover the roll and twist at the ends to keep the goodies inside. Twist one end, and fill the inside with treats. Twist the other end. Let the children decorate the top of the yule log with natural things like pinecones and leaves. Ribbons add a nice touch.
Supplies Needed; 1 (8-in.) Green Cone-Shaped Styrofoam Form, 1 Package of Green Chenille Stems (Pipe cleaners), Wire Cutters or Utility Scissors, Dark Green Temper Paint, 1 Package Gum Drops
Directions; Begin by painting your styrofoam cone dark green. Cut chenille stems in a variety of lengths. Insert the shorter stem pieces in the top of the form, and increase the stem lengths as you work down toward the base of the cone creating the christmas tree shape. As you work your way down, push different colored gum drops into the chenille stems. Cover the form with the chenille stems and gum drops. You can bend them in any direction you desire since no Christmas tree is perfect. When you are finished, print and cut out the star shape (see below). Place a 3" stem into the top of the tree. Glue the star (sandwich style) to the top stem.