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The History of Christmas Bells

In the fast-paced modern world, it is often easy to forget the importance of bells in the not-so-ancient past.  We have clocks to tell us the time.  We have telephones to communicate with each other instantly (maybe telephones are too ancient now too.  Cell phones it is.)  We have roads we stick to, with cars […]

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The History of Mistletoe

While I had heard of kissing under the mistletoe, I hadn’t really ever seen any until I moved with my family to South Carolina.  There it grows in abundance in the trees, and I learned how it is a parasite that leaches life out of some trees enough to kill them.  My brothers would go […]

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The History of Wassail

Wassail is my favorite holiday treat, and, as a musician, one of my favorite holiday traditions because of the beautiful music passed down to us from Christmases past.  The etymology of wassail comes from the Anglo-Saxon “waes hael”, meaning “good health”.  It was a friendly toast.  There are two different winter social activities associated with […]

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The History of Tomte

Recently one of my Pagan communities had a serious discussion about Elf on the Shelf. While some of the parents saw make-believe Christmas elves as something entirely different from the history, others were deeply troubled by the idea of inviting ANY elves into the home, imaginary or not, because of what it represents.See, real elves, […]

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Imbolc and the first signs of Spring

Image from innerjourneyevents.Imbolc (pronounced “eem-olk”) means “In the belly”, and refers to the beginning of lambing season. A time when the first lambs are born, and a time when the ewe’s milk begins to flow. More broadly, Imbolc celebrates when the first signs of Spring can be seen.Blessed Imbolc!  Winter can be very long in […]

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