Review–The Old Magic of Christmas
Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.
Being both a Unitarian Universalist and a pagan, I know that most common Christian religious observances come from the old time religions. Christmas is definitely one of them. However, I didn’t always know exactly which parts came from where.
This book brings together in one place all those old traditions that we carry on throughout today without knowing their origins. The bulk of this book contains tales that written as they may have been told back in days of yore when we didn’t have TVs, radios, computers, or cell phones to entertain us. They harken back to the days when families would sit around the hearth and spin yarns about how the world operated and about the gods that ruled over them.
Not only do you get to learn all the great old folk lore, but there are recipes and crafts as well. Towards the end of the book there is an herbal that lists all the various herbs used during Yule time.
If you are wanting to learn more about various Yule traditions or are looking for great information on Yule for use in rituals, then you have got to get this book. It is a must have book for any pagan book shelf. And even non-pagans can learn a lot about where this widely celebrated holiday’s traditions actually come from.
The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year: Linda Raedisch: 9780738733340: Books