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Such a lovely article.

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In the old nature religion (in which the divine was often perceived as feminine) it was the female horned reindeer who reigned supreme as the great goddess of the winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.
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Today he chariots Rudolph and his steed of flying reindeer across our mythical skies and we have forgotten the power of the Deer Mother, the female horned Reindeer. Stronger and larger than the buck, it is she who leads the herds.

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And it is her beloved image that adorns the Christmas cards and Yule decorations we are so familiar with today. Because, unlike the male who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the Deer Mother, who carries the life-giving sun safely through winter’s darkest, longest night in her horns. stag2 Across the North, since the Neolithic, from the British…

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I hope everyone has a warm and blessed Christmas Eve! To add to your festivities, I’ve rounded up a few links and a video.

Track Santa’s Travels

Empty Reindeer Barn (I particularly like watching the turkeys strut around with the reindeer gone lol Oh, and I think you may be able to rewatch Santa’s earlier take off at 7pm)

 

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December is definitely Santa’s month, so in honor of the jolly old elf, I’ve rounded up some fun facts and images about Santa to share with you.

 

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Why is Santa’s suit red and white?

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Some fun reindeer facts.

Why is Rudolph’s nose red? Is he sick?

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The origin of Santa as we know him today.

 

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For me, Santa is a representation of the Lord of the deep woods during winter. He is a bringer of light, warmth, and joy during the coldest time of the year.

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It’s that time of year again! Time for the Reindeer Cam! This is my favorite Reindeer Cam. Santa even comes out three times a day to feed the reindeer and wave at the camera.

 

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