The Yule tree is one of the most popular Winter Solstice holiday decorations and many people want some ideas and inspiration about what they can include in theirs! I hope this helps you feel inspired to celebrate Winter Solstice!
Gather around peculiar friends, while we celebrate nature and the longest night. During this time we rest and reflect with introspective thought. Even now at the darkest time, we know that each day will bring more warmth and light. That the sun will rise again bringing with it hope and joy.
Many Pagans, Witches, and those interested in Nature Spirituality celebrate the seasonal cycles. Sometimes referred to as the Pagan holidays or the Wheel of the Year, consisting of eight celebrations. Four of these festivals (Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain) are rooted in Celtic history and origins.
The other four (Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumn Equinox, and Winter Solstice) represent the sun’s location. I created a complete guide to each season, including history, traditions, symbols, correspondences, ritual ideas, and how you can celebrate.
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Mini Yule Log
A Yule tree is a beautiful place to display a mini Yule log or wishing ornament! Use cinnamon sticks, 4″ – 6″ branches, evergreens, holly, dried oranges, and apples, or any decorations you feel connected to!
I think this would be the most beautiful and magical tree! The simple, yet powerful pentagram symbol would add so much spiritual meaning to your Yule tree.
You could do this with wood, yarn, or paper! Check out some tutorials online for folding paper stars. These represent the light, moon, and sun. These are great options to add to your tree. You can also decorate with (faux) candles and orb decor as this also represent solar energy.
I’ve always wanted to try shaping moons or stars out of polymer or air-dry clay.
The significance of these beautiful bulbs is to protect the home and those who live within it from harm. Making a witch ball every year brings good luck and protection for the following year.
You can hang it wherever you like, but I think the Yule tree is a great place for the season! I used clear bulbs with a luminescent shine (which was really hard to photograph by the way! haha! I’m pretty sure you don’t want to see a huge image of my head and camera in the reflection!) from Michaels and filled them up with meaningful flowers and herbs to me.
You can fill yours with whatever means the most to you! I also think it’s a lovely idea to add a rune or a personal note inside the bulb.
You cannot do this wrong! Do whatever feels right for you! Check out how I made my Witch Balls here.
Don’t forget to seal it up! I added hot glue to the top of mine and wrapped it with twine. Here are just a few ideas of what you can fill yours with:
- Rose petals
- Mistletoe – Hunting, fertility, love, health, protection
- Cinnamon sticks – Success and good luck
- Baby’s breath – purity, innocence and love
- Cloves – protection and clarity
- Lemon Balm – love, money, prosperity and influential speaking
- Sprigs of juniper
Gingerbread or Cinnamon Symbols
Bake these in your oven and fill your home up with the most wonderful scent! This is a unique way to add Pagan, Witch, or Wiccan symbols to your Yule tree.
Look for recipes online and hang these in your windows or on your tree! I wouldn’t try eating these because they’ll be pretty crispy. Plus by the end of the season, I’m sure they’ll be a bit dusty.
Natural Yule Tree Decorations
This is a great way to get creative! Fashion beautiful ornaments out of natural items you forage or buy. Pinecones, sliced oranges, and apples, cinnamon sticks, or whatever you connect with most.
Using colors like red, green, gold (sun) or silver (moon) is a great way to symbolize what means the most to you.
Clear Quartz Crystals
Maybe not the cheapest ornament to make but I love how they look like icicles. I wasn’t able to find any quartz crystals with pre-drilled holes so I decided to make my own.
I shaped some polymer clay around the top and used a pottery sculpting tool to push a hole wide enough to fit some twine through.
Then I wrapped twine around the top and glued it in place with a hot glue gun for a rustic look. I then attached some star anise, dried lavender, and dried boxwood for a unique look!
I really loved how it turned out! I may just find a way to hang it year-round.
Elder Futhark Rune Yule Tree Ornaments
Norse runes are extremely old symbols that have been found inscribed onto stones in various parts of Northern Europe.
Adding Elder Futhark Runes to your Yule Tree decorations and ornaments can incorporate a ton of spiritual meaning and intentions.
I’ve seen some beautifully made runes burned into some wood slices and hung on the tree or strung in some garland across a mantle. Find some runes that are meaningful to you to add some sentimentality to your tree. You could even try creating your own Bind Runes for an even deeper spiritual meaning.
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I wish you the happiest memories with friends and family. I hope your winter is truly magical and as always remember…..