Yule comes from the old Norse jól and Old English géohol which was a season of hunting after the harvest was done. This fell in what we now call December so it eventually became associated with the Christmas Holiday. The first recorded use of the noun Yuletide, according to Wikipedia, was in 1475. The Yuletide season lasted from the end of November to the beginning weeks of January but the feast of Yule lasted three days over the Winter Solstice and marked the beginning of the new year.
Advent Calendars come in diverse formats. Back in the day when I created and ran the Soul Food Cafe I made digital Advent Calendars with a new link opening each day. Journey of the Heart was just one very popular one.
As you can see, you can get very creative when you begin thinking about Advent Calendars. You might just opt to make an edible calendars like this one which can be found on Delicious.com.
This December I am going to run a 25 day Advent activity that focuses on playing creatively with Tarot, Oracles and Playing Cards during this holiday season.
A new link will appear each day and direct you to all sorts of quirky nonsense and inspired creative ideas that I have stumbled upon in the halls of Instagram. Be assured that I will acknowledge the work of such inspired creatives who inhabit this space.
Links to my older digital Calendars, all offering a range of creative activities for artists and writers, can be found at While Waiting for Godot, a site I created as I waited for Godot to show up and tell me what do next.
- November 30: Preparing to set out on a Yule Adventure
- December 1: Selecting 10 Decks for the Adventure
- December 2: Drinking in the Vista
- December 3: Meeting a Guide
- December 4: Captured and Imprisoned – Meeting a Major
- December 5: Presented at a Royal Court
- December 6: Yule Wish List Letters
- December 7: Reconnecting with A Deck
- December 8: Connecting with Your Deck – Tell a Tarot Tale
- December 9: Working with a Zen Master
- December 10: Tarot Based Plays
- December 11: Make your own Tarot, Oracle or Lenormand Cards
- December 12: Danse Macabre
In 2018 I did a ‘Danse with the Macabre’ when I visited Sedlec Ossuary (aka Kostnice Ossuary Beinhaus). It was one of the highlights of my week long stay in the Czech Republic.
- December 13: Anchoring an Archetype
- December 14: Hygge for Cartomancy Addicts
- December 15: Gratitude Tarot
- December 16: Self Compassion Tarot
- December 17: Kindfulness Warrriors
- December 18: Artistic Tarot Dates
- December 19: Bathing in the Light of the Full Moon
- December 20: Tarot Memoirs
- December 21: Yule Tarot Party
- December 22: Close Encounters of the Best Kind
- December 23: Applying Bibliomancy
- December 24: The Road to 2022 Paved with Good Intentions
- December 25: The Choir Sings – An Australian Feel Good Christmas Carol