The Yule Rabbit Family
Customized Sylvanians.

 

Sylvanian Families Custom Made Yule Rabbits

Sylvanian Families Custom Yule Rabbit Grandparents

Customised by: Terra

  • Grandfather: Pine Yule
  • Grandmother: Holly Yule

*This family was a custom project made by a friend of mine, Terra from the USA. She made a number of these cute little bunnies as Christmas gifts for some of her friends. She repainted them from Chocolate rabbit grandparents and hand-stitched their little outfits. I repainted the glasses for my pair in gold model paint.

Each rabbit has been given green-tipped ears, to match the colour of a Christmas tree (and various evergreens), a matching green nose, and a bright red Christmas-y tail.  Grandfather and Grandmother Yule are each wearing handmade holiday outfits, with  decorative sprigs of holly.

They came with this cute little Christmas tree and a string of decorative lights. Their story can be found below.

 

Sylvanian Families Yule Rabbit Grandparents from both sides

(Hover mouse over image to see the Yules from behind.)

 

Legend of the Yule Rabbits

A very long time ago, Sylvanians feared the longest, darkest night of the year. Each family spent the Solstice tucked away in their home, worrying about what might be hidden in the darkness and about more practical matters, such as having enough food and warm clothing to last the rest of the cold days until Spring's arrival.

But, one year, that all changed. That was the Christmas that the Yule family came to Sylvania.

The Yules traveled, by sleigh, through the forest – it was dark, cold and quiet. They entered town and saw all the houses were dark. Even the village square was empty. The new family was confused. Where was the singing, the lights, feasts, gifts and the family celebrations?

After exchanging hugs, each family member took a big sack from the sleigh, went to a different house, and knocked on the door.

At first, the Sylvanians were fearful. Who would be brave enough to be walking about outside on such a cold, dark night? Spirits, perhaps? But being the caring forest folk that they are, no Sylvanian would even consider not answering the door. What if a friend or traveler was in need of assistance? So, at each home, a Sylvanian cautiously opened their home to a Yule Rabbit.

Yule Rabbits are just ever so slightly more magical than most Sylvanians. Soon, each guest had reached into their bags and given their hosts some very special gifts.

First, there were strings of lights. "Because the night is longer and colder than any other night in the year, we have brought extra light to cheer your homes!", Grandfather Yule explained in one house.

In a neighboring house, Grandmother Yule was pulling a surprisingly large tree from her bag. "It may be too cold to play in the forest, so we've brought the forest to you! This tree will remind you that Spring is soon to come".

Father Yule brought a huge pile of festively wrapped gifts from his bag. "It's cold outside, but friends and families work together to keep every critter safe and warm. Sharing gifts will show our love and thankfulness for the special Sylvanians in our lives.

Meanwhile, Mother Yule produced a huge feast, complete with fish, potatoes, vegetables, puddings, and cakes. She quickly filled the table with with a dizzying array of foods. "A feast shared with friends and family will remind us of the bounty of the seasons!".

Older Sister Yule had a huge, ancient storybook in her bag. Inside, there were legends, myths, ghost stories, and even memories of all the fun the villagers had enjoyed throughout the years. "Sharing stories will make the night pass quickly!"

The older Yule Brother had all kinds of games in his sack. Soon, all the Sylvanians in the house were playing charades, board games, and cards.

Finally, the smallest Yules opened their sacks. Inside, there were all kinds of musical instruments! No Sylvanian can resist a good song, and soon a merry band had formed.

Sylvanians always want to share with their friends, so soon they found themselves rushing from their homes to share the lights, tree, food, stories, games, book, music, and other gifts with the rest of the village. The night became so merry and joyous that the time flew by. Some time later, the villagers were shocked to see the sun rising! The longest night had passed; from now on, the light would last just a little bit longer each day.

The Sylvanians agreed that this was a much better way to spend the Solstice and from then on, it would be a night of fun, celebration, and togetherness. They looked about to thank their new friends…but they were gone. The villagers were just able to hear the sleigh bells jingling as the Yules' sleigh flew out of town.

The winter passed but food and supplies remained plentiful. The village was full of fun and merriment for the rest of the winter. Soon it was time to welcome spring!

Sylvanian legend says that every home that welcomes a Yule rabbit will be prosperous and happy, full of love and have a cupboard that never goes bare.

 

 

Holly and Pine's First Christmas

Many years ago, a younger Pine Yule was a bit "extra jolly" and accidentally tumbled off the sleigh he was riding on. He had made an ill-advised attempt at a holiday jig and lost his balance, landing in a soft snow bank. None the worse for wear (but a little embarrassed), he told his friends to continue their ride without him, as he had lost the sprig of holly he had been wearing on his jumper, and wanted to find another to replace it. As Pine's friends rode off, Cliff Babblebrook called out "We'll be back for you soon, mate!"

Meanwhile, Holly was in the village square setting out a roast dinner and baked treats for an evening holiday feast. She sniffed at the eggnog, which was giving off an odor that might be politely described as extremely off-putting. Nearby, Pearl Babblebrook was chatting to a visibly shocked Primrose Evergreen: "You absolutely MUST try my newest creation: charred olive and chili pepper eggnog. The chunky bits are tuna!" Pearl was a dear friend and loved by all the villagers but as yet, no one had found a way to tell her that cooking was not exactly her strongest asset. Holly discreetly picked up the jug of questionable eggnog, then hopped off to hide the offending beverage in the forest.

Poor Holly was very intent on saving the village from the horrid eggnog, which meant she hadn't noticed that a snowstorm in the forest was becoming increasingly intense. She poured the beverage into a snow drift, noticing for the first time that all the wind and snow were going to make it rather difficult to navigate back to the village. Looking about, all she could see was white in every direction… except, was that a bit of green?

"Oof!", said Pine! The green Holly has seen was Pine Yule's ears. He and Holly had just hopped into each other. Giggling, and happy to have found a friend, they huddled together in the storm. "Not to worry", said Pine reassuringly. "My friends will be coming back this way with their sleigh. We'll be home in no time." Holly was still unsure. "But, how will they see us?", she asked. "We didn't see each other until we bumped noses!" This made Pine rather concerned too. He very much wanted to be home in time for the feast. He still wanted to show off his holiday jig, and was in fact now hoping that Holly might dance with him.

"I know!", he shouted over the wind. "We'll sing Christmas songs, as loudly as we can! They might not see us, but they will certainly hear us." He grinned, because he loved singing as much as he loved dancing. Holly smiled too. A scary situation had become a jolly adventure. She was also noticing that Pine was quite a dashingly handsome rabbit! Soon, the other merry-makers in the sleigh followed the sound of the old Sylvanian winter songs, to find the pair holding paws. Pine turned red, as his friends began laughing. "Well, Pine, old chap", said a smiling Cliff Babblebrook, handing around a warm jug of peppermint tea, "Glad you found the Holly that you were looking for!"

Soon Pine and Holly were married. Their family has since grown to include their son Claus, his wife, Merry, and their children: Ivy, Nicholas, Frost, Noel, and Rudolf. They each wear a sprig of holly, both in celebration of Christmas and to commemorate their first meeting. Pine loves making up spirited new dances and spinning his wife about the dance floor. Holly is a gifted storyteller and loves sharing the old Sylvanian legends. She and Pine always have the brightest, merriest, warmest, most welcoming house, particularly in the winter months. The couple has a gift and a tasty dinner for everyone that they meet. Like the evergreen plants that they are named for, they bring good cheer and happiness even in the darkest winter days.