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The History of St. Lucia Day

It’s here!  St. Lucia Day is my favorite holiday tradition I have introduced to my children since becoming more aware of the the larger world of Christmas.  In Nordic countries like Sweden, Denmark and Norway, St. Lucia is the first official day of the Christmas holidays.  The first time I saw a crown of candles […]

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The History of Perchta

Those who are familiar with the demonic Perchten (plural) may recall stories of how they come down from the alps to terrorize villagers during the Yuletide season.  Others may recall horrifying stories of how she punishes bad children by slitting open the stomachs and replacing their digestive track with straw, rocks, and sometimes trash.  For […]

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The History of Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah!  In 2020, it begins December 10th.  And while it may not be part of Christmas proper, I think it is still within the spirit of the underlying theme of the Advent- to study the history of winter holiday.  The Jewish festival of lights. For purposes of this blog post, I am going to […]

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The History of the Wild Hunt

The more one digs into the history of Christmas, the more connections one will find to the Wild Hunt.  I found in this Advent Calendar project that I can’t ignore it any more because an understanding of this ancient archetype is prerequisite to understanding other holiday themes and characters.  So let’s dig in. In a […]

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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 St. Nicholas

Ah yes, Jolly old St. Nicholas, undoubtedly the best-known historical figure who inspired the modern-day Santa Claus, although there have been many others.  December 6th is the Catholic feast day for St. Nicholas.  There is a feast day for a saint every day of the year, and families would celebrate the feast days honoring the […]

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