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The Old Magic of Christmas chapter 1 The Old Magic of Christmas , meaning The Old Magic of Christmas , genre The Old Magic of Christmas , book cover The Old Magic of Christmas , flies The Old Magic of Christmas , The Old Magic of Christmas 958b42d58c272 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 Into Your Home With Cookie Recipes And Ornament Making While Brushing Elbows With Veiled Spirits And Discovering The True Perils Of 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 Queen


10 thoughts on “The Old Magic of Christmas

  1. says:

    Let us sit by the fire and tell dark stories about what most of us consider the most joyful night of the year As I m writing my review, I notice that the calendar shows 21 12, the longest night of the year, the first day of the Winter Solstice It is a funny coincidence, since this book is a little treasure of information not about the fairy lights, the carols and the joy of our nowadays Christmas, but about the darkness, the superstitions, the evil spirits that are lurking in the dark corners of our households, during the days of the Yule.Our journey takes us to Scandinavia, to the Nordic lands, full of mystery and fascinating traditions deriving from the exciting Viking culture We move on to the beautiful countries of the Baltic Sea, we visit Poland, the Czech Republic, we make a stop to Germany a Christmas destination out of a fairytale and the Netherlands We pass through France, heading South, to Spain and Portugal and then, to Italy where we are expecting our presents from Befana, and we are ready to face the Kalikantzaroi of my homeland, Greece We learn the dark origins of many well known and well loved Christmas traditions, customs that will never look the same to me after reading this book And all the time, I couldn t help but wonder on the similarities between cultures that are so far away and so different from each other.I don t care about labels, I could care less whether it is Neo pagan or Old pagan book Whether it is New Age or Old Age or I don t know what you mean Age It is a fine book to accompany you while you re sitting somewhere warm, with a cup of hot chocolate, by the Christmas tree Choose a few magical pieces by Wardruna as a soundtrack and try to resist looking over your left shoulder You never know


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    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


  3. says:

    As far as Llewellyn books go, this wasn t half bad when I look on it as a compilation of Yuletide seasonal 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 so.Le 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, thanks.Source material, people It s superior.My 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.


  4. says:

    If you re fascinated by folklore and the slightly darker side of Christmas then this is definitely a book you re going to want to pick up this year Featuring ghosts, dangerous elves, traditional recipes, malicious creatures, ancient yule traditions and customs, and even some craft instructions, this book is a real treasure trove of Yuletide information I do wish it was a bit in depth and detailed, as it seems to just mention things briefly, giving us only a very quick passing glance at these foreboding creatures and customs, before moving onto the next But this would be a great starting point for anyone interested in how Yule used to be celebrated and the reasons why.It has definitely prompted me to delve even deeper into some of the things mentioned within.This is a lovely, cosy, sometimes quite spooky book to read this winter season.Preferably while curled up under a blanket with a steaming mug grasped in your hand


  5. says:

    This is an extremely scattered book on many levels First of all, what is the focus Is it scary myths of Christmas past Is it get to know your old Nordic Christmas origins withe some Greek stories thrown in Is it a witchy craft book While trying to jam so much information into one book, the author doesn t really go in depth on any of these topics, so unfortunately, the book really fell flat Not to mention, how in the world do you discuss the winter celebrations of the Saami in Norway AND NOT EVEN MENTION Beiwe I mean, she is an antlered woman, who travels through the sky in a structure made of reindeer bones On the winter solstice, her worshipers sacrifice white female animals and thread the meat on sticks which they bent into rings and tied with bright ribbons They also cover their doorposts with butter so Beiwe can eat it and begin her journey once again This book just missed the mark, unfortunately.


  6. says:

    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 kitchen.I am neither So now I m just waiting for the arrival of my straw Yule Goat Happy Yuletide


  7. says:

    I really enjoyed taking a deep dive into some fascinating Christmas traditions and mythology I don t think I could convince the kids to trade in Santa for Befana, but we might find ways to invite some elves to join us at our Yule fire.


  8. says:

    I really enjoyed this book I loved learning about the darker, creepier folklore surrounding Christmas It also had fun craft ideas and quite a few recipes that I ll have to try and re make as gluten free goodies.


  9. says:

    The Old Magic of Christmas Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year is a book chock full of stories of different Christmas traditions across the world From witches to elves to what Saint Nicholas would really do to naughty kids, this is a book that anyone would learn something from near the Christmas season Four and a half stars, rounded up.I m going to start this review off by saying that I know next to nothing about worldwide yule traditions Other than the UK and America, my knowledge was limited I say was because it s definitely not the case any Linda Raedisch filled this book to the brim with knowledge and stories I especially loved the attention to Norse tradition, since my individual studies have been turned to that route lately in general Each story is told in a way that stirs up images of sitting around the fireplace and listening to a ghostly story while the snow swirls around outside in the twilight It s true that most of these stories are dark and even creepy, but I think that s what makes it so intriguing and interesting It s a nice break from anthropomorphic snow men and singing reindeer These myths and legends are things people believed in, and while creepy, is kind of awesome In addition to such stories, the author also includes tasty recipes to share with you and yours, as well as some crafts for the holiday season The directions are clear and easy to follow, and often have visual representations to help you along the way.I know not to judge a book by its cover, but just look at it I adore this image It conjures up all the feelings of the season, and I love it This is a book that I would definitely keep bundled away with my Christmas collection and reread each season To those interested in history, myth, or who even just want their Christmas with a side of witches and elves, this book is the one for you.Thank you to Netgalley and Llewellyn Publications for my copy This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.


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    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 Yule.We 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 past.Originally published at Horror Novel Reviews


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