Creating natural gift wrapping with natural materials at Lake Erie Metropark
As the time of the Yule Tree reigning supreme in many households, the question of how to be responsible to the Earth comes up, and designing your own gift wrap using natural items is almost a no brainer.. After all, gifts being opened the morning after the Long Night of Yule, where there is no sleeping, are a great treat.
Those billowing piles of commercial wrapping paper aching to be put in a landfill are not what one would call being in the vibe of the season. That is where the the Marshlands Museum & Nature Center, located at Lake Erie Metropark, 32481 West Jefferson, Rockwood, MI, comes into the picture.
Gift giving by Pagans for Yule is a long held here in Metro Detroit, with many choosing themes for decorating at Yule Night in Detroit, when all the fineries are arrayed in the various shops on Woodward. The inspiration there is not to be discounted. And though it would seem a new phenomenon to some, the giving of gifts is not a new thing for us as
"Holiday gift giving began long before Christmas. The Romans would give gifts to one another on pagan festivals like Saturnalia, the winter solstice, and the Roman New Year" according to www.mymerrychristmas.comBut it was not until the Victorian Period that things really took off. At this author's household, the usual option i s that of fabrics which may be reused. Hand sewn bags are also a delight, and can be handed down for year. Wrapping papers usually were bought, but with the environment being priority, hand made is now the way to go forward.
On Sunday December 15th, at 2:00 PM, they will hosting a workshop on using ink, paint, and natural items to create your own Yule masterpieces of wrapping art at Lake Erie Metropark.
The fee is only $4.00 per person and preregistration is required.
For additional details, or to register, call 734-379-5020.
For more on the history of Yule, go to http://www.simnet.is/gardarj/yule1.htm