The past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on a design for a client’s Yule celebration. It’s been a fun and unique challenge for me because I’ve never done anything like it before. I won’t show the design out of respect for the client’s privacy, but I can mention some of the items I’m including. I always begin every design project with research so I know as much as I can before starting the design. With Yule, I studied the rituals and folklore surrounding the celebration.
Yule is a celebration of the Winter Solstice and occurs during the longest and darkest and night of the year. Yule logs were burned and tended to all through the night while candles were lit to represent the eventual return of light and warmth. Yule is a time of introspection, personal growth, silence, and stillness. What I love about Yule and the Winter season is that it’s OK to give yourself permission to slow down, meditate, think, read, sleep, and recharge. Not every season has to be busy and productive. We all need slower times, just as we need productive times.
This particular design for my client reflects Winter’s gifts at this time of year and uses organic elements found in nature to mimic the changes occurring in the earth’s cycle. Items such as pine cones, apples, pomegranates, cinnamon sticks, holly, berries, and/or ivy will be included. There’s also faux deer antlers, bird sculptures, birch logs, evergreens, candles, essential oils, and incense. I really think my client’s going to love the design!
Do you celebrate Yule? If so, I’d love to hear about what you do.
Have a great day!