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Yule tree for 2020
« on: November 14, 2020, 10:15:07 am »
I'm sure I've mentioned elseforum that I normally decorate for Christmas during the month of December.  With 2020 having been so different than other years, I've had the inspiration to do a Yule tree this year instead.  I have in mind one of those painted white deciduous 'trees' you can usually get in craft stores and possibly department stores in around December time.  I've checked with my husband and he's cool with it.

So my question is, what sort of decorations does one hang from a Yule tree?  Money's tight, so rather than buying these I'll probably be crafting them myself, some from salt dough and possibly some from upcycled bits & bobs.

I'd love to create a really magical atmosphere with this, though it's worth noting that I probably won't be able to string lights on it directly (as the string of lights we have for our Christmas tree would totally drown a Yule tree in wire).
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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2020, 10:36:56 am »
I'm sure I've mentioned elseforum that I normally decorate for Christmas during the month of December.  With 2020 having been so different than other years, I've had the inspiration to do a Yule tree this year instead.  I have in mind one of those painted white deciduous 'trees' you can usually get in craft stores and possibly department stores in around December time.  I've checked with my husband and he's cool with it.

So my question is, what sort of decorations does one hang from a Yule tree?  Money's tight, so rather than buying these I'll probably be crafting them myself, some from salt dough and possibly some from upcycled bits & bobs.

I'd love to create a really magical atmosphere with this, though it's worth noting that I probably won't be able to string lights on it directly (as the string of lights we have for our Christmas tree would totally drown a Yule tree in wire).


I'm a tad puzzled by your distinction between Christmas Tree and Yule Tree. In my neck of the woods, they are literally the same thing. Could you expound on what you see as the difference between the two? I'm genuinely curious!

At any rate, I've not put up a tree at home in several years, instead getting my fix by decorating the tree at my husband's workplace. I used decorate holiday trees as a contract worker, so there's a whole labor-intensive ritual of How to Do It Properly.

From memory, the decorations I favored for my tree at home were little fabric Fly Agaric mushrooms, Bullfinches (the heralds of Yuletide), pinecones sprayed in silver and gold, strings of red beads, and heart-shaped ornaments.
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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2020, 10:46:17 am »
I'm sure I've mentioned elseforum that I normally decorate for Christmas during the month of December.  With 2020 having been so different than other years, I've had the inspiration to do a Yule tree this year instead.  I have in mind one of those painted white deciduous 'trees' you can usually get in craft stores and possibly department stores in around December time.  I've checked with my husband and he's cool with it.

So my question is, what sort of decorations does one hang from a Yule tree?  Money's tight, so rather than buying these I'll probably be crafting them myself, some from salt dough and possibly some from upcycled bits & bobs.

I'd love to create a really magical atmosphere with this, though it's worth noting that I probably won't be able to string lights on it directly (as the string of lights we have for our Christmas tree would totally drown a Yule tree in wire).

I'm with Allaya in not really getting the purpose of the distinction, but maybe these would be an idea you could use?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_goat


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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2020, 10:48:27 am »
I'm with Allaya in not really getting the purpose of the distinction, but maybe these would be an idea you could use?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yule_goat


Jeez, I completely forgot about those. I have a bunch of little straw goats, pigs, wreaths, and stars that would also go on my tree.
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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2020, 11:19:55 am »
I'm a tad puzzled by your distinction between Christmas Tree and Yule Tree.

Ah, sorry.

So in my imagination a Christmas tree is a pine tree (we always have artificial so pine needles don't prick cat paws).

Whereas my Yule tree will one of these 'twig' trees:-

https://www.therange.co.uk/christmas/christmas-brands-and-collections/winter-wonderland-collections/fantasy-collection/white-manzanita-tree/#857072

https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/decorative-white-twig-tree-104cm/578796-1000

There's also a discinction between Christmas tree decorations and Yule ones in my mind (hence my question), but harder for me to articulate right now.

I know I want to avoid tinsel, for instance, likely in favour of ribbon.

Does that help clarify, at all?
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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2020, 11:38:26 am »
fabric Fly Agaric mushrooms, Bullfinches (the heralds of Yuletide), pinecones sprayed in silver and gold, strings of red beads, and heart-shaped ornaments.

Those are some excellent mentions, especially the mushrooms
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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2020, 11:44:00 am »
maybe these would be an idea you could use?

I think so, yes, I can see a place for a Yule goat or so.
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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2020, 12:16:58 pm »
So my question is, what sort of decorations does one hang from a Yule tree?  Money's tight, so rather than buying these I'll probably be crafting them myself, some from salt dough and possibly some from upcycled bits & bobs.

I'd love to create a really magical atmosphere with this, though it's worth noting that I probably won't be able to string lights on it directly (as the string of lights we have for our Christmas tree would totally drown a Yule tree in wire).

My household is mixed in terms of religion so there's always a bit of a Christmas/Yule schism. Our tree is a mixed bag, a literal and symbolic compromise and there are often conversations along the lines of "that's not Christmas-y at all" and "not another Baby Jesus, please no more"  So, I completely get the distinction you're making.

Left to my own devices, the tree would be devoid of most of what passes for 'traditional' Christmas decorations in my household
  • the overtly Christian symbols (nativity stars, crosses, Jesus at any age, anything with a halo)
  • round colorful glass/plastic ornaments
  • jolly, fat, red &white-clad Santa and Mrs Claus
  • Santa's sleigh and reindeer
  • Snowmen
  • tinsel and foil garlands
  • anything associated with a traditional Christmas TV show or movie (Frosty, Rudolph, etc)*
  • family photo ornaments

What's on the tree that does reflect my view of the season (with notes on any added magic):
  • nature symbols that I associate with the season - deer/stags, cardinals, foxes,  holly leaves/berries, pine cones
  • glass witchballs in colors appropriate to the season - charmed for protection of the household
  • woodland Santa and Greenman figures (green/brown clad)
  • snowflakes and icicles
  • five pointed stars and pents of greenery/wood - at least one set with invoking energies for all good things
  • cinnamon dough ornaments - shape and additional herbs included for whatever magic might be needed
  • small silver bells - to draw friends, family, and welcome guests
  • DIY bulbs that have a nature/pagan theme - for example, a hollow glass bulb filled with herbs, oils, and small bits of crystals to serve whatever purpose is needed
  • wings and feathers that aren't Christian angel-focused


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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2020, 12:31:57 pm »
Ah, sorry.

So in my imagination a Christmas tree is a pine tree (we always have artificial so pine needles don't prick cat paws).

Whereas my Yule tree will one of these 'twig' trees:-

https://www.therange.co.uk/christmas/christmas-brands-and-collections/winter-wonderland-collections/fantasy-collection/white-manzanita-tree/#857072

https://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/decorative-white-twig-tree-104cm/578796-1000

There's also a discinction between Christmas tree decorations and Yule ones in my mind (hence my question), but harder for me to articulate right now.

I know I want to avoid tinsel, for instance, likely in favour of ribbon.

Does that help clarify, at all?

When hubby and I had our first apartment, I wanted a real tree...but we didn't have really any ornaments, so I decorated it with lights, candy canes, origami and ribbon (I used curling ribbon, so just tied it on and curled the ends to make little spirals).  You can do a lot of lovely stuff on a very small budget!

For one of those stick trees, might look into fairy lights?  The wire is very small, and I think even a strand or two of them wrapped around branches would look neat. 

When I was little, we always did popcorn and cranberry garlands, which we strung out on the outside trees for the animals to eat, but you could do a version of that, and dry some pretty fruits in the oven (orange slices and apple slices come to mind), and either string them on ribbon or turn them into garlands.  Pine cones might make some lovely decorations as well!
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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2020, 08:09:15 am »
I think so, yes, I can see a place for a Yule goat or so.

As soon as goats were mentioned, I thought, 'Ha - hence, that item in IKEA's 2020 ornament collection!' And as soon as you said the above, I looked to see if they were available at IKEA UK. Too big to put on the tree, but could work under/beside it.

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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2020, 11:27:17 am »
As soon as goats were mentioned, I thought, 'Ha - hence, that item in IKEA's 2020 ornament collection!' And as soon as you said the above, I looked to see if they were available at IKEA UK. Too big to put on the tree, but could work under/beside it.

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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2020, 06:16:12 pm »
So my question is, what sort of decorations does one hang from a Yule tree?  Money's tight, so rather than buying these I'll probably be crafting them myself, some from salt dough and possibly some from upcycled bits & bobs.

I'm reminded of something my mom mentioned doing as a child: collecting beech nut shells and painting the insides gold and silver as christmas ornaments. I haven't had a chance to try it myself since I haven't noticed any beeches in my area.

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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2020, 05:40:47 pm »
What's on the tree that does reflect my view of the season (with notes on any added magic):
  • nature symbols that I associate with the season - deer/stags, cardinals, foxes,  holly leaves/berries, pine cones
  • glass witchballs in colors appropriate to the season - charmed for protection of the household
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  • wings and feathers that aren't Christian angel-focused

Oh yup, thank you for articulating what I was struggling to!   :)
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Re: Yule tree for 2020
« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2020, 06:22:23 pm »
Oh yup, thank you for articulating what I was struggling to!   :)

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