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I found both of these info graphics on the internet and thought I would share them with you. They’re a handy little reference for dates. I’m in the Northern hemisphere and I have February 2nd for Imbolc, though. Looks like it’s probably correct for Lammas in the Southern hemisphere.

 

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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’ve noticed this past week that the internet and the world are filled with evil holiday trolls. You have probably seen a few yourself. They are the people who, after someone wishes them ‘Happy Holidays’, insist on making a huge point of how it’s ‘supposed’ to be ‘Merry Christmas’ and how dare you say otherwise. By wishing them good will and cheer for the holiday season you have besmirched their religious beliefs which are, of course, far superior and more correct than yours. Not only do they take your felicitations as a personal insult, they use it as a battering ram to beat the words ‘Merry Christmas’ into your face. To all of those people I say, ‘Happy Holidays.’

 

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You see, I grew up in a multicultural family and at any one time, multiple family members were quite possibly celebrating not only holidays from around the world, but from multiple religions, as well. So, whenever I heard ‘Happy Holidays’ growing up, I always assumed that not only did it include everyone’s different holiday activities, it also included New Year’s. When I say ‘Happy Holidays’ I am also including the New Year in that verbal wish for goodness and light.

It’s disappointing to me that there are people out there so stuck in their own little worlds, believing that the world revolves around them and only their traditions and beliefs are right, that they would vehemently throw back good wishes into people’s faces. By doing such wicked and ignorant things, they only show everyone around them what hateful and spiteful beings they are. So, if you encounter anyone this holiday season who throws your good wishes back at you, just smile at them, nod, and spread your goodness and light to someone else. I do, however, hope that you don’t encounter any of these people and that you have a blessed and beautiful holiday!

 

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There are a lot of recipes out there for incense for Yule. My favorite is a nice, basic one from Scott Cunningham.

2 parts Frakincense

2 parts Pine needles or resin

1 part Cedar

1 part Juniper berries

Mix these together and smolder on a charcoal tablet. You can also grind them together if you want an even consistency and a thorough mixing or you can leave them as they are for a more rustic look and feel. This mix will serve to cleanse the home and help you maintain a link to nature while you might be stuck inside due to the cold winter weather.

Do you have a favorite Yule or Winter incense recipe? I’d love if you’d share it!

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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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