Today, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice an ancient festival celebrating the return of the sun after the long Winter.
I think it’s important for children to be aware of traditions from lots of cultures and religions as it opens their eyes to diversity around the world and encourages tolerance. We have been marking the Solstice today by making a Yule Log.
We used: a chocolate Swiss roll cake, some chocolate butter icing*, a fork, a knife, a candle (from a birthday cake) and some holly to decorate
* Butter icing: 2oz soft butter, 3oz icing sugar, 1oz cocoa and a little water – all combined together
1. It’s much better for children to ‘do’ rather than ‘watch’ so we sliced the Swiss roll into individual portions so each child could make their own Yule log. Each child had a small portion of the butter icing which they spread all over the top and sides of the Swiss roll.
2. We then used a fork to make long marks all over the log to make it look like bark.
3. To represent the sun we put a a candle on the top, and a holly decoration too. We held hands around the Yule log and all thought of something from the past year for which we were grateful. We also made a wish for the coming year.
If you’re in the mood for singing what about ‘The Holly and The Ivy‘ as they are traditional decorations of the festival too.