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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. As far as Llewellyn books go this wasn't half bad when I look on it as a compilation of Yuletideseasonal folklore the author also pulls things from popular culture and time honoured fairy tales as well as time attested lore That being said when I look at it from a neopagan point of view I have less appreciation for it I don't like that the book encourages an eclectic approach but as a reconstructionist there's no surprise there If eclecticism is fine with you then you may enjoy this book even soLe gasp Are those actually footnotes in a Llewellyn book Hath hell finally iced over True they are only a handful but the fact Llewllyn didn't run screaming from footnotes shocks me This is a publishing house that is afraid of facts after all For example the author claims that werewolves are afraid of juniper trees Really I'd love a source on that because I have a huge interest in werewolves oh there isn't one Gee thanksSource material people It's superiorMy usual caveat with Llewellyn books stands one may can use them as a starting off point but always always go to the source material over these new age tomes

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summary The Old Magic of Christmas ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ç 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 rElves 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. I love love love how so many modern Christmas traditions have been passed on through the centuries from their origins in pagan societies One of the things that has been kind of lost throughout the ages perhaps buried under layers of tinsel and wrapping paper is the darker side of Yule which was once a night of wintry darkness filled with paying homage to visiting spirits and trying to evade the threat of dark entities The Old Magic of Christmas Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year goes over many different traditions and mythical creatures associated with Yule celebrations throughout the European continent throughout the centuries For example my favorite was the Krampus basically Santa's demonic counterpart who punishes bad boys and girls by dragging them to hell which is probably way motivational than the threat of coal in your stocking 😉 This is really an interesting read and also includes traditional Yule recipes and crafts Check it out if you're interested in the true origins of Christmas 🎄🎅

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Tips 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