Category Archives: Celebrations

Yule Log

Among the Pagan traditions that have become part of Christmas is burning the yule log. The Druids would bless a log and keep it burning for 12 days during the winter solstice; part of the log was kept for the following … Continue reading

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Christmas Feasting

The coronation of Charlemagne on Christmas of 800 helped promote the popularity of the holiday. Other customs developed as part of Christian belief. For example, Mince Pies (so called because they contained shredded or minced meat) were baked in oblong … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice dōng zhì 冬至 Dec 21st

Today is the winter solstice. Where I live in Virginia it comes at 11:19 PM EST. In the modern west the solstices are said to be the first day of winter and summer. Yet an older tradition marks the solstices … Continue reading

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Santa Lucia Day

Saint Lucy or Santa Lucia, was a wealthy young Christian martyr, killed in Syracuse, Sicily, by Diolcletian.  Her feast day in the West is 13 December . Her name comes from lux, lucis “light,” and she is the patron saint … Continue reading

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December Calendar

St Nicholas Day Dec 6                                                                                                                      Celebrated as a popular holiday in many European countries, St. Nicholas Day, celebrates St. Nicholas of Myra, the man whose life inspired the tradition of Santa Claus … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

I’ll bet you thought you would see pictures of pumpkin pie and a turkey here. Sorry. This is about a different thanksgiving. The dubious narrative that forms the backdrop to the traditional version of our upcoming holiday aside, formalizing a … Continue reading

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November Calendar

November 5 Guy Fawkes Day                                                                                                     In 1603, King James I took the throne in England. An avid Protestant, he began persecuting Catholics in the country.  He forbid Catholics from practicing their … Continue reading

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