Rites for Winter Solstice
The alter on Yule should face north, the area is decorated with Holly and Mistletoe and dried leaves and fruit such as Hips and Haw. A chalice of appropriate wine or cider (a bottle is better). The Oak or Pine log with up to 13 green and red candles decorated with carvings or symbols is placed centrally on the alter. The appropriate fragranced incense burning and scenting the air e.g. Bay, Juniper, Cedar, Pine or Rosemary are quite good for this.
Some people in modern traditions plant a tree seed in a pot at Yule, it is then placed on a window sill. They then watch it germinate and flourish through until May day or Beltane when it is planted outside somewhere.
If you have a traditional tree in your home then ornaments hung from the tree as decorations usually Sun, Moon and stars, also sacred offerings or presents for the deities.
Feast at Yule
Foods for the celebration can include things such as fruit tree wines, ciders, nuts, tree fruits (apple, pear, banana etc), cakes, pork, lamb and hibiscus or ginger tea.
Correspondence for Yule
African Violet, Allspice, Anise, Any nut, Bay, Cabbage, Carrot, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Coconut, Coriander, Elderflower, Frankincense, Ginger, Grape, Holly, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Liquorice, Mistletoe, Myrrh, Oakmoss, Onion, Papyrus, Pepper, Potato, Rice, Rosemary, Rue, Shallot, Sloe, Star Anise, Sugar cane, Thistle,
Anise, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Myrrh, Orange, Pepper, Pine.
Almond, Apple, Beech, Cedar, Chestnut, Cypress, Elder, Fig, Holly, Horse Chestnut, Maple, Oak, Orange, Palm-date, Pine, Walnut, Yew, Yucca.
Amber, Amethyst, Aventurine, Azurite, Coal, Coral, Cross Stone, Diamond, Emerald, Marble, Moonstone, Mother of Pearl, Petrified Wood, Pumice, Quartz, Ruby, Salt, Sapphire, Stalagmite, Tiger's Eye, Tourmaline-Black, Turquoise.
Brass, Gold, Lodestone, Mercury, Meteorite, Silver, Steel.
Green, Red, White.