- To learn more about the concept behind this project see the Main Page, attend a craft night or contact ChicagoYuletide(at)gmail.com
This is a scratchpad for the Chicago Yuletide experiment!
This info is added from weekly craft night discussions. Feel free to visit a craft night meeting or edit anything while your here:
place your initials (*LR, *nickname or *email) underneath days you want to be involved in putting together
place the name (ie, *Tallship) of your house if you want to host a party
and above, maybe add some description of the holiday hijinx to expect at your shindig
and any ideas and suggestions...
|Thursday 20th||Deck the Halls||1. Eid ul-Adha Feast||1. Yuletide Eve|
|Friday 21st||1. Dong Zhi||2. Goru Feast||2. Shab e Chele (midnight: Yule mass)|
|Saturday 22nd||2. (XXXXXXX?)||3. Food not Bombs Dinner||3. Party|
|Sunday 23rd||3. (XXXXXXXX?)||4. Festivus Dinner||4. Feats of Strength|
|Monday 24th||4. Lenaia||5. Chrismukkah Eid Feast||5. Christmas Eve|
|Tuesday 25th||5. Christmas Day||6. Boars Head feast (Kwanzaa)||6. Junkanew (Scavenging/Crafting)|
|Wednesday 26th||6. Wren day||7. Kwanzaa dinner||7. Junkanew parade|
|Thursday 27th||7. Clone day?||8. Kwanzaa dinner||8. SL4 party|
|Friday 28th||8. Día de Inocentadas||9. Kwanzaa dinner||9. Mummers mass|
|Saturday 29th||9. Food Not Bombs||10. Kwanzaa dinner||10. Party|
|Sunday 30th||10. Freedom day||11. Kwanzaa dinner||11. DADA night|
|Monday 31st||11. Day of reflection||12. Twelfth Night Kwanzaa Feast||12. New Year's Eve (midnight: First footing)|
|Tuesday 1st||12. New Years Day||Hoppin John Dinner||Mothers' Night|
- Sleep overs Each night is spent at a different persons house.
- Everything is dumpstered or donated except maybe food/drink
- Zero to any number of places can host a given night. Doesn't matter, so long as people do something everyday.
- No one turned away. Event locations could take donations but not charge admissions.
- Try to keep your craft designs simple so as to be able to complete them in time.
- This is not a marketing opportunity for companies, religions or cult personalities.
- Money donations can go towards food &/or charitable cause.
- Food donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository or Food not Bombs?
Things To Do and AskEdit
Festivities can begin with the preparations, the day before Yuletide. we could "fast" through the halcyon days, until nightfall of yule eve. There is the Yule log, which can be delivered to houses by mummers at night fall, the gathering of evergreens, mistletoe, digging up fir trees, the Baking of feasts, cakes and warming treats like gingerbread, the making of lanterns and 12 beeswax and scented candles, including colored candles for Kwanzaa; 3 red, 3 green and 1 'Unity' candle. One of the 12 candles is lit. The candles could be fixed on a hat or small wreath in a crown like fashion and placed on a dinner table in front of a chair which no one but the yuletide Geist can sit in until the twelfth night. there is also the decorating of firtrees, the making of wreathes, the hanging of boughs, holly, mistletoe, and after dark, the dressing and burning of the Yule log along with serving hot beverages, juleol and other treats, the singing of Yuletide Carols like 'Deck the Halls' and a general observance of random acts of kindness. We could try to burn the yule log each following night until the last night. An Eid ul-Adha community khutba could be delivered. 
- individual homes?
- Log delivery
- T or E
- Korean 'Chicago Market' has rice balls and other dong zhi treats
On Shab e Cheleh is begun at night fall by lighting the second candle and filling the home with pungent smells. (insert fart joke here) At dinner, Goru is performed. Everyone sits at a low table covered in a wool blanket. Everyones legs are warmed underneath the blanket by a small heater. The food is served in a dramatic reinaction of the birth of the universe and life on earth. Tangyuan and Dumpling Soup  Watermelon is served for desert.
- Tall ship (potluck)
The longest night of the year, feasting is followed by a 'Yule Mass' or some sort of lantern meet up mass . This involves the lighting of candles, torches or lanterns previously constructed from paper, branches, and other found or reused incinerable materials and silently going in group procession by bicycle or foot (...or horseback) through the city to a nearby shore to burn the lanterns in a bonfire. The Bonfire ignites at 12:09am  ending the silence with loudness. maybe some circle dancing around the fire?
- Environmental Encroachment?
- Biker Yule mass meet at 11pm at East end of Palmer Square leave befor 11:30. email chicagoyuletide-gmail for updates
- chicago bike winter
- post to crit mass site
- bike groups
- T or E
followed by Yuletide event hosted by collaborative institution (Singing and dancing preferred)
- brad's place
The 4th candle is lit after the Festivus Pole, an aluminum pole, is quickly decorated before Festivus Dinner. The Airing of Grievances occurs over dinner by telling every one at the table how they have disappointed you.
Feats of Strength, begins with the wrestling of the house head to the floor.
Weihnukka or the Chrismukkah Eid feast. We'll light the 5th candle, sing O' tannenbaum (in german), drinking mulled wines "glogg", serve up some oily khannukah favorites like pontshkes, bimuelos, or sufganiyot and afterwards will be the Lenaian theatrics: Jewish and female comedy improv competitions maybe making some predictions of the coming year.
- Jewish and female improve comedy groups?
- t or e
Christmas day usually spent indoors waking up amongst loved ones and eating breakfast together. Acts of kindness are discovered or sometimes the exchange of gifts occurs in the spirit of the secretive gift giver, Άγιος Νικόλαος or Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicholas), who would avoid letting the effected person know who had done the act of kindness for them. Note that some christmas tree lots start giving away their fir trees today (they make great air fresheners). Also well be constructing Mumming, Wrenboy, straw and hoodening suits.
A Christmas feast is served including the serving of food made to look like a boars head while singing 'the Boar's Head Carol'. The head might be an ephigy constructed of any edible substance, well marinated and seasoned. The 6th candle, which is the Kwanzaa candle of 'Unity', is lit at the end of the carol, and a discussion on unity will be proposed.
- Thunderat layer
- yuleGoat production?(made from junk? sweaters?)
Followed by more Christmas caroling the neighborhood. this could be the first night of Julebukking. Mummers suites are finished before sleeping.
(Houses with sewing machines)
- Thunderrat lair
- Cookie house?
Wren day (Lá an Dreoilín) and Junkanew night (Prince Jean Konnu) is celebrated on December 26, the first joulupukking day. Holming (beating or slashing with holly branches) of late risers by mummers starts the morning. we'll be taking to the streets in suits (wrenboys, straw boys, "druids", mummers).  Parading the "wren" from house to house.
7th candle lit for KUJICHAGULIA (CO-GEE-CHA-GOO-LEE-AH) SELF-DETERMINATION This principle talks about the commitment of every individual to build his own life from his own image. It talks about the way people need to take responsibility for their actions and accomplishments upon themselves to achieve their ambitions of freedom and thus building a more satisfying and significant life in the struggle of Black America.
8:30 wren ride is called for mumming from house to house for Junkanew party.
- bike clubs
Raëlian clone day, Eve's day:  This could be a good time To observe the Singularity, pending AI surpassing of human intelligence, and cloning as issues we will have to either accept or embrace, as SL4ists and transhumanists. Day could be spent making cyborg robot alien or other transhumanist related mumming garbs from found objects.
8th candle lit for UJIMA (00-GEE-MA) COLLECTIVE WORK AND RESPONSIBILITY. The following principle applies the concepts of self-criticism and personal evaluation in order to achieve common good for the family and the community. There must be collectiveness and responsibility and a complete understanding of our achievements as well as our failures in order to achieve unity and succeed. The family must persuade the idea of discussion of a family’s accountability of every action they do.
followed by Julebukking for a Cyborg, Robot, Mutant, Computer and SL4 party. this event is dedicated to the future. maybe a chocolate Robot dance party in which cyborgs and robots adorn each other in flowers and force feed each other chocolate?.... ??
On the Día de Inocentadas The Yule Goat, julbok or Joulupukki (made from found materials) are hidden in peoples houses, possessions or on there door knobs by children or mummers. after receiving the gifts from mummers. Instructions on the goat will inform any one who finds it that they must do the same thing to some one else until new years. A scroll of paper could be kept inside, on which any finder can write a secret before passing it on. or possibly write on the body under its wool coat.
- Childrens programs?
9th candle lit for UJAMAA (00-JAH-MAH) COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS This principle comes out of the concept of “African Communal Living” where in every community or family, sharing wealth and resources on a national and economic level must be applied.
Mummers Mass is observed by dressing in mummers suits  and attending critical mass, mummers can plant yule goats on door knobs of houses passed, followed by a Yuletide event hosted by collaborative institution (Singing and dancing proffered)
- Mummer Making Craft Nights
- giving out yuleGoats?
- critical mass
- chicago Bike winter
- Food Not Bombs serves every Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30p.m. in Humboldt Park, on North Ave. between California Ave. and Humboldt Blvd. Preperation lasts two hours and begins at a preapointed house. email for details.
10th candle lit for NIA (NEE-AH) PURPOSE This principle is usually on the fifth day where it tests the idea of living where reflection must be made in order to verify if this purpose will do any benefit to the family or the community.
- The Skeleton News Show has Been Cancelled
11th Night 11th candle lit for KUUMBA (KOO-M-BAH) CREATIVITY This principle promotes the idea of creativity, whereas creativity is the basis of prosperity of the family and the community. It is considered very important to be creative in every aspect of life and to create new things varying from science to education and even music.
Julebukking to DADA party.
- Cookie house
The 12th and last candle is lit for IMANI (E-MAH-NE) FAITH The seventh and last principle talks about faith and belief in the individual and in the community. "It is through faith that a person can achieve victory and control our destiny." Eat Tortell (King Cake). The person who finds the bean in the tortell is crowned with the wreath with the candles in it and sits in a chair on a table ('thats just the way we did things back then'). Mummers could perform their last Junkanew dances and disapear befor daylight.
- Grand Manor?
This is followed by parading about, singing Shchedrivochka and other new year carols, coaxing people into the streets to begin the New Years Eve celebrations. After the Caroling about every one gathers at a house befor midnight. People could eat 12 grapes, 1 at every second of the countdown? Sometime after the singing of 'Auld Lang Syne', First-footing begins with people taking to the streets scrambling to be the first person to set foot through the door of their friends house and also maybe be the first person to flush the toilet or run the blender. Might result in traveling parties that move from house to house. First-footing is observed until all have stopped at there final destination for breakfast.
- t or e
A party is most likely going to be hosted in Bridgeport on the night of New Years Eve. Bring your own stuff and be repsonible (i.e. no trashing the place, creating shit). Anyone wanting more information or those interested/RSVPS:firstname.lastname@example.org
- What we need is 12th night new orleans style - first day of the mardi gras season. king cake ride. mardi gras bike parade. (w/beads of course.) brass band. and then more king cake.
New Year's Day is a day of rest and relaxation. everybody try to stay awake throughout the day to reset your circadian clock, and make the coming night's sleep more savory. "chocolate con churros", hot chocolate + cinnamon and fried pastries (pancakes?), will be served for breakfast. 'Polar bearing' or 'polar biking' is also being threatened as a possibility by some of you crazies (meet at 11am at The Palomino). Also, consider taking part in the Weather Be Damned Ride, biking 15 miles and then eating brunch. 'Redding' is done, when the logs are turned up, fireplaces swept and general cleaning (its almost over).
- The Cook Shop (breakfast)
- Chicago cycling club (bike ride)
- The Palomino (Polar biking, call bill at 414 481 6040)
- Individual homes
After sunset everybody go to bed early. Dont get sick. "Mothers' night" or "Dream night" is a night to dream of the coming year. those dreams are the last lucid experience of Yuletide.
- Individual homes
- ↑ composed of the full range of earth tones mixed together
- ↑ Ghoust tradition of Ziemassvētki
- ↑ The purpose of the Eid khutba is to provide Muslims with a holistic perspective of their community, and strengthen their unity. Because Eid is a day of celebration, the khutba usually keeps clear from intense politics.
- ↑ This marks the First night of Eid ul-Adha
- ↑ The Dongzhi Festival is based on the Yin and Yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos, is observed all over Asia at the beginning of the Dong Zhi solar term.
- ↑ This is also the day that Buddhists honor wikipedia:Sanghamitta, bringer of the Bohdi tree to wikipedia:Srilanka
- ↑ The Japanese take hot baths full of citrus fruits called wikipedia:yuzu.
- ↑ Originally known as Deygan, "Shab e Cheleh" is an important social occasion in Persia, when family and friends get together for fun and merriment. Usually families gather at their elders homes. Candles and pungent smells are present. Different kinds of dried fruits, nuts, seeds and fresh winter fruits are eaten.
- ↑ Julbord is a type of wikipedia:smorgasbord, korsi is a low table
- ↑ As a Shab e Cheleh novelty, watermelons may appear at the Korsi, a traditional furniture similar to a very short table, around which the group will sit on the ground. On it, a wool blanket is thrown, people leave their legs under the blanket and some form of heater is placed inside the korsi.
- ↑ Goru is the winter solstice ceremony of the Pays wikipedia:Dogon of Mali. It is the last harvest ritual and celebrates the arrival of humanity from the sky god, Amma, transported by the horselike deity Nommo inside the Aduno Koro, or the "Ark of the World". The Dogon people give inspiration for their astronomical gnosticism despite having virtually no technology. In essence, the ritual reenacts the creation of the universe, life and humanity using food, containers and utensils. This poses a creative food serving endeavor for those who apply a scientific view. (ie: big bang-planets-life?) it seems like a good time to make recognition to our technological fortune seeing that before information technology (ie: books, internet) all information had to be kept alive in the minds of generations through mnemonic traditions.
- ↑ balls of glutenous rice and a soup to save your ears (chinese legend, long story) is served for dinner during DongZhi
- ↑ Shabe Chele Tradition, as the table will be pretty hot by this point.
- ↑ fire elements from the ancient swedish Lussi night and celebration from the Slavic 'wikipedia:Karachun'
- ↑ or woods
- ↑ moment of solstice DUh.
- ↑ In Brighton UK, 'wikipedia:Burning the Clocks' is an urban procession in clock themed homemade masquerades in abstinence of holiday commercialism and observation of the death of the old year. It is often attended by many onlookers of the sometimes large animal-like lanterns constructed from paper and willow canes.
- ↑ (wikipedia:Horo)
- ↑ The ancient Slavic night of the return of Koleda after his death as wikipedia:Hors, called 'Karachun' was observed on this night. In honor of the god Hors, Slavs danced a ritual chain-dance which was called the wikipedia:horo. Traditional chain-dancing in Bulgaria is still called horo. The dance is still very common for celebrations all over eastern Europe and Israel and has many derivative names.
- ↑ Chicago Marching Band
- ↑ Garbage Mumming through Christkindle market anyone?
- ↑ Deygan and wikipedia:Sol Invictus celebrated the birth of wikipedia:Mithra, Sun god in the wikipedia:Zoroastrian religion of Iran, oldest religion in the world. this was considered the first day of the sol invictus festival of roman empire and of ancient persians.
- ↑ food is brought to the park for any one who wishes to eat it, particularly those in need.
- ↑ Eid
- ↑ Chicago P.O. Box 2245 Chicago, IL. 60690 voice mail: (773) 304-2959 Food Not Bombs serves every Saturday from 3:30 p.m. (or 4:30) until 5:30 p.m. in Humboldt Park, on North Ave. between California Ave. and Humboldt Blvd. email@example.com and there is also Depaul food not bombs that serves at the corner or lincoln, fullerton, and halsted, by the depaul sign. firstname.lastname@example.org
- ↑ Humanists have cast HumanLight as a celebration of "a Humanist's vision of a good future." They celebrate a positive approach to the coming new year, generally through the lens of Humanist (and particularly secular humanist) philosophy—secular as opposed to religious, and with an emphasis on reason, compassion and hope. Humanists societies hold these events in most major cities. one can attend and meet other humanists, discuss Nietzschean overhumanism or try to be a posthumanist missionary and convert others attending. Chicago humanists however, hold the event on the 21st of December.
- ↑ skeleton layout
- ↑ Brumalia
- ↑ wikipedia:Brumalia was an ancient Greek solstice festival honoring wikipedia:Dionysus, generally held on December 25. The festival included drinking and merriment. The name is derived from the Greek word bruma, meaning "shortest day." In Roman festivals, the Brumalia was a feast of Bacchus, celebrated during the space of thirty days, commencing on November 24 and ending on December 24th. It was instituted by wikipedia:Romulus, who entertained the senate during this time. During this feast, prophetic indications were taken of the prospects for the remaining part of the winter.
- ↑ The Germanic Weihnachten is possibly derived from 'wine night', referencing wine mixing. khannuka is a celebration of the perserverance of jewish customs in the face of devistation. Oils are integral to this observance. Today Weihnukka, a 130 year old(from questionable source) hybrid holiday of Hannukka and Weihnachten
- ↑ wikipedia:Lenaia probably comes from lenai, another name for the wikipedia:Maenads, the female worshipers of Dionysus (Bacchus). The Lenaia is depicted on numerous vases, showing typical Maenad scenes, but also scenes of aristocrats and wine-mixing rituals. Beginning in the 5th century BC, plays were performed. At the Lenaia, five comedies were usually performed and there were also poetic contests.
- ↑ the celebration of the birth of Yeshuas of Nazerath (Jesus)
- ↑ Quoted to have said that it was not him who should be thanked "but God alone".
- ↑ wikipedia:christmas ham
- ↑ The kwanzaa candle lighting ritual is usually begun on the 26th but we are starting a day early to fit it in the schedule.
- ↑ At wikipedia:Kwanzaa Dinners, candles are lit to honor principles which can be discussed over dinner. This night a candle is lit for UMOJA (00-MOE-JAH) UNITY. This principle promotes the concept of togetherness, it is the basis for unity where in no unity there will be no chance for the survival of the family or the community. This principle promotes the open discussions between family members.
- ↑ Wales
- ↑ in various parts of Ireland, dressed in motley clothing, wearing masks or straw suits and accompanied by musicians — remembering a festival that was celebrated by the wikipedia:Druids. In the old days, young men and boys would capture a wren, and then go from house to house singing various traditional songs. such as 'the wren' or 'the Wren song' with many variants, folks often make one up as they go.
- ↑ Understandably the winter Wren is a difficult bird to catch. some might use a domesticated animal or arbitrary object and continue to insist throughout the day that it is indeed a 'wren' that they have caught and are parading about. the animal or ephigee is often dressed in ribbon and holly &/or placed in a cage often hung from a pole. The occupants of the houses visited would offer food and sometimes drink or money and might even join in the general hilarity, some of the younger members going onward with the crowd. collection of money or drinks is often for a party to be thrown that night.
- ↑ In the west indies the parade is an old west african tradition called wikipedia:junkanoo. In 19th century north carolina it was called wikipedia:John Canoe. It is believed to be named after a west African prince
- ↑ On this day in 2002 the Raëlism movement's wikipedia:Clonaid company announced it had successfully cloned a human girl named Eve. Raëlism, a naturalist UFO religion, is one of the weirdest religions, bordering between suicide cult and performance art piece. The claim of a successful cloning is most likely a hoax but Raëlism brings attention to an intellectual following that brings up many interesting issues.
- ↑ Uwiha Ch'uyay is the sheep feeding ceremony of wikipedia:Bolivia. The ritual often includes lighting candles, dabbing the sheep's faces with red paint, adorning them with flowers and coraling them into male and female pairs as a form of mock wedding. The sheep are then fed cocoa, sometimes by force. Members of the household will often join in the ceremonies themselves adorning each other with flowers and so forth. Throughout the ceremony folk songs are sung for the sheep.
- ↑ julbok can be a goat figure, often made out of straw or roughly-hewn wood.
- ↑ In older Scandinavian society a popular prank was to place the Yule Goat in a neighbor's house without them noticing; the family successfully pranked had to get rid of it in the same way.
- ↑ In wikipedia:Spain and wikipedia:Ibero-America, December 28 is a day for pranks, similar to wikipedia:April Fool's Day in many countries. Pranks are known as inocentadas and their victims are called inocentes, or alternatively, the pranksters are the "inocentes" and the victims should not be angry at them, since they could not have committed any "sin".
- ↑ A mexican tradition on new years is to hang Sheep dolls (usually made of wool) on doorknobs for prosperity.
- ↑ Scape goat
- ↑ usually made from scraps of fabric or other discarded materials
- ↑ Chicago P.O. Box 2245 Chicago, IL. 60690 voice mail: (773) 304-2959 and there is also Depaul food not bombs that serves at the corner or lincoln, fullerton, and halsted, by the depaul sign. email@example.com
- ↑ In the Philippines this day is Rizal Day in honor of José Rizal, a pacifist political activist, polymath, freethinker and catholic heretic who was martyred on December 30th 1896 as a suspected 'revolutionary' in his cause for government reforms. Freedom day, according to the Church of Scientology1, is the day that celebrates the official recognition in 1974 of the Church of Scientology in the United States. This date is also proximal to Watch night, the anniversary of January 1, 1863 when Slavery was emancipated in the USA. By any account this is a good day to celebrate our freedom of religion, freedom of thought and freedom of will, but also a good day to act like a lunatic. (this can be over dyanetics, or any religion for that matter but also celebrities or just plain crazy) I just want a hair cut.
- ↑ wikipedia:Nietzsche recognized this day as a day of quiet reflection
- ↑ Spain and Mexico recognize it as customary for singles to wear red underwear on this day for luck or love
- ↑ The Tortell is constructed around the candle bearing holly wreath crown and the cake is baked with a bean (or anything really) inside of it. this must be done far in advance of the 12th night
- ↑ maybe this person could host next years 12th night?
- ↑ See: Shchedrivochka
- ↑ Silvester or wikipedia:Shchedryk is the beginning of the end of Yule. It is the New Years Eve celebration of Germany and Slavic countries traditionally marked in Russia with the dressing in colorful masquerade
- ↑ Mexico
- ↑ In Scotland wikipedia:Hogmanay, is first observed with everyone gathering in the Town center to observe the countdown, fixating on a large timing mechanism. Usually fireworks are ignited or yule decorations burned at the stroke of midnight. then parties travel from house to house with a dark haired man leading the entrance to each home.
- ↑ Some cities like philidelphia, have a mummers parade during the day
- ↑ Mexico
- ↑ Scotland
- ↑ Dixie
- ↑ Ireland
- ↑ Modresnacht was believed in Icelandic, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon folklore to bring prophetic dreams of the coming year