Readers, please enjoy this guest blog post by Linda Raedisch, author of Night of the Witches and the new Old Magic of Christmas.
In Coming of Age in Samoa, anthropologist Margaret Mead coined the term "postmenopausal zest" for the creative energy that seizes women once they are freed from the responsibilities of childcare. Coming of age in New Jersey, I noticed that some of my mother's friends, the ones with grown children, had started putting up what I have come to think of as "postmenopausal Christmas trees." No, they weren’t decking the halls with Samoan bark cloth, but instead of hauling out the usual toy trains and macaroni angels, they were buying new and sticking to strict color
I'm pet-sitting over the holidays, which means I am in a house with a lot more tv channels than I'm accustomed to. While flipping through the endless options this weekend I came across a program talking about the origins of varied holiday traditions that abound. While I've pondered the meaning behind some of my own automatic traditions before, this show offered history and reasoning I'd never heard before.
One of my favorite traditions is decorating an evergreen tree and making a holiday wreath for the front door. The historical interpretation I find most connection to is that of hope for spring and a new year, shown by the tree's green life surviving through winter. We also burn
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It’s that time of year again…time for gift shopping! Whether you celebrate Yule, the Winter Solstice, Christmas or Hanukkah with your family and friends, the season has come to be synonymous with the giving of thoughtful gifts, trinkets or tokens of goodwill. This puts some degree of stress on all of us; though giving is joyous, often the expense and energy spent on tracking down “the perfect gift” is not.
I am a book lover, so I happen to think books always make good gifts. There’s no need to worry about whether it fits or is the right color; no need to buy
I love this time of the year. Yule, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year and all the other holidays. That means it's time to give (and receive!) presents! Those holidays are only a few weeks away, so it's time to start thinking now about what to give.
Sure, I like to get "prezzies" as much as anyone, but what I really like is see the look on people's faces when I give them presents. The question is, what type of presents? I like things that a person can enjoy over a long period of time, not just a "one and done" experience. So here is this year's list of suggestions for gifts that continue to give value and let people know how much you think of them during the following year.
First, I'd like