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The Old Magic of ChristmasNot so very long ago Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill In The Old Magic of Christmas you'll find a Christmas bestiary and a White Witch's herbal as well as. I enjoyed The Old Magic of Christmas Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year immensely for such a small book it was filled with fascinating history not to mention crafts and recipes from long ago History such as The pagan Norse beginning their winter celebrations in October with the Alfablot or feast of the elves where wild riders could be seen from November until the end of the 12 nights of Christmas Yuletides of old were not the bright and shiny festivals of consumerism they are today They were the seasons of long dark nights when even darker things prowled beyond the threshold and would venture inside if the correct wardings were not in place When you first open the book you are immediately thrust into the dark past with the spinning tradition In the Germanic cultures Frau Berchta also known as Frigga to the Scandinavians dominated the nights before Yule Spinning was forbidden on Frigga’s Eve but the task was to be completed by Twelfth Night or one faced the wrath of the goddess Frau Holla and her spectral children ran amok in the night skies but should one catch a glimpse of this horde the unfortunate soul was struck blind Santa’s jolly elves were in some cultures really the dead returned to Earth as impish creatures Recipes and crafts that are included such as how to make the traditional Lebkuchen Witch's Gingerbread house and the Luka Mask I especially enjoyed the Christmas Witch's Herbal section that contains not only herbal remedies but also why the herbs were used Why Mistletoe is associated with new brides and why the Christmas Rose is a flower of the plague This is not only a history of Christmas but a wonderful examination of the pagan roots that ran deep in European soil Linda Raedisch also reminds us that there are still elements of these traditions alive and well in our happy version of this ancient holiday She brings us Sami traditions from the Lapland of Finland Vikings Celts Germanic tribes and as she unwraps the shiny package to reveal the darkness underneath She also examines how Christianity incorporated many Pagan beliefs to help ease the transition from Paganism to Christianity If you like history Christmas and the darker side of Elves I encourage reading he Old Magic of Christmas I learned so much from Raedisch's book and I intend to put up my Yule tree next year on December the 1st Why Well if I told you where would the fun in that be

Linda Raedisch Ö 6 Summary

Elves Rife with the frightful characters from folklore and the season's most petulant ghosts this book takes you on a spooky sleigh ride from the silvered firs of a winter forest to the mirrored halls of the Snow ue. Amazing that prior to what we now consider Christmas the celebrations started earlier sorry to all of you complaining about Christmas music before turkey day and lasted long past New Years Not to mention that the celebrations seemed far intended to bring villages and communities together during the long difficult winter months Now we take anti anxiety pills to get through the holidays and anti depressants to deal with the gray months afterBut I digress This book is literally jam packed with information Not only of old traditions but how you can begin to give new life to old traditions in your own home Each chapter ends with a craft and a recipe awesome for anyone who is crafty or handy in the kitchenI am neither So now I'm just waiting for the arrival of my straw Yule Goat Happy Yuletide

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Read Ó The Old Magic of Christmas 106 ô Not so very long ago Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill In The Old Magic of Christmas you'll find a Christmas bestiary and a White Witch's herbal as well as tips for delving deeply into your relationship with the unseen Bring the festivities intoTips for delving deeply into your relationship with the unseen Bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and ornament making while brushing elbows with veiled spirits and discovering the true perils of. Christmas Is the man mad He’s writing a review of a Christmas book for a horror review site There is a very dark side to this jolly holiday It’s definitely not all jingle bells and wassailing by any means Linda Raedisch explores the very pagan origins of Christmas and introduces us to the dark spooky Gothic side of the ancient traditions and beliefs of YuleWe are immediately thrust into the dark past with the spinning tradition In the Germanic cultures Frau Berchta also known as Frigga to the Scandinavians dominated the nights before Yule Spinning was forbidden on Frigga’s Eve but the task was to be completed by Twelfth Night or one faced the wrath of the goddess Frau Holla and her spectral children ran amok in the night skies but should one catch a glimpse of this horde the unfortunate soul was struck blind Santa’s jolly elves were in some cultures really the dead returned to Earth as impish creatures Christmas is filled with legends of elf curses witches the dead and phantom souls Raedisch does an excellent job of covering a wide swath of European history both in geography and time She brings us Sami traditions from the Lapland of Finland Vikings Celts Germanic tribes and as she unwraps the shiny package to reveal the darkness underneath The work is not entirely sinister She includes patterns for many folk crafts from the various regions as well as their less than happy beginnings This is not only a history of Christmas but a wonderful examination of the pagan roots that ran deep in European soil She also reminds us that there are still elements of these traditions alive and well in our happy version of this ancient holiday We may not remember why we make Danish lace hearts but we still do Not your traditional horror read but an amazing look into our scary pastOriginally published at Horror Novel Reviews