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Lussinatta: Celebrating the Light

St. Lucy’s Day, better known in Scandinavian circles as St. Lucia’s Day, is a Christian feast day celebrated today on December 13. Before the conversion from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, however, it was associated with the winter solstice (as they knew it, the longest night of the year). St. Lucy was originally Sicilian,… Continue reading Lussinatta: Celebrating the Light

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A paucity of celebrations

If I may be permitted a brief interlude in my series on Yule and pre-Yule subjects, I’ve noted that Asatru tends to have a lot fewer holidays than other Indo-European religions. And here I am talking about well-attested historical celebrations, not modern inventions that (for instance) honor heroes such as a Day of Remembrance for… Continue reading A paucity of celebrations

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Kicking off the Yuletide: St. Nicholas Day / Krampusnacht

How… jolly The first Christian feast day associated with the Christmas/Yule season falls on December 6 (N.S.)*. This is well-known to many people nowadays, as it is the date of many krampus festivals in southern Germany and Austria. Nicholas himself was noted for secret gift-giving, and the tradition of leaving stockings by the fireplace stems… Continue reading Kicking off the Yuletide: St. Nicholas Day / Krampusnacht

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Time to start thinking about Yule!

Yes, I know, we’re not even at Thanksgiving yet (here in the U.S., anyway, that informally marks the beginning of the Christmas season, even if the large stores tend to start putting out their Christmas stuff even before Halloween), but now’s the time to start thinking and planning for the coming Yuletide. There are things… Continue reading Time to start thinking about Yule!