As I've discussed elsewhere, I'm the only pagan in the house really (no-one else has a faith as such), so I don't impose too much on everyone else. Also, my extended family is really quite Christian and I have no desire to upset or offend anyone (or cause them to weep for my poor hellbound soul). One of the benefits to us in the way Christianity simply co-opted existing celebrations is that there is very little I could do to celebrate Yule that would look out of place to any of our relatives.
So, these are the dual purpose things that we do in December:
- The tree - always a real one (love the smell)
- Candles and fairy lights
- Other greenery - mistletoe when we can get it, holly wreath etc
- Spicy baking, lots of cinnamon and clove
- Mulled wine (or, more often, red grape juice - tasty and good for the driving or teetotal visitors)
- Thankfulness and looking backwards and forwards for New Year
Obviously, my celebrations should be earlier than everyone else's, but it's just easier if we keep to Christmas day for the feast and the gifts. It's all symbolic anyway.