winter


Modern Santa Claus is known to be an amalgam of influences, not the least of which is the Germanic god Odin. It is important to realize that there were many other holiday figures, both male and female, that did not find their way over to our modern American Christmas celebrations. German […]

Mōdraniht – Mothers Night



Tis the season to be Jolly..you know the drill. The white Christmas is arguably one of the more ieadlized aspects of the holiday season. I know I sit around thinking about it. Anyone who knows me know I LOVE the story A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  A really good […]

Dreaming of a White Christmas?


I was doing some cyber shopping the other day and stumbled across a figurine of a xmas character I had never heard of before.  Now, I pride myself on being a custodian of REAL xmas lore since it has become such a convoluted and distorted tradition based on both secular / pagan […]

And I thought the Krampus was Creepy



Ah, the humble Tannenbaum.  I love trees.  They are both symbols of longevity and stoicism. No tree captures the hearts of man, at this festive time of the year, more so than the evergreen.  The custom of decorating the evergreen tree originated in Germany in the 16th century.  It was […]

O Tannenbaum,Your branches green delight us.


1
here are some facts that you may or may not find interesting about the holiday lovingly referred to as Christmas. Atheists get a bad rap in my opinion.  We like a good party just like the rest of the world.  We like Evergreen trees and wreaths and twinkly lights and […]

The great Christmas Caper


Ever wonder what the seasons are like in the grand ole state of Tennessee? Tennessee’s climate varies from east to west, but it is generally considered to be moderate with four distinct seasons. The budding of wildflowers and dogwoods occurs in spring and honeysuckles welcome summer. Fall foliage and crisp […]

…Oh the Weather Outside is Frightfull


1
Ah its pumpkin pie time again! I love all pie but the pumpkin pie truley is the epitome of a delightful Thanksgiving meal  in my opinion. How much do you really know about ye ole pun’kin pies of old? Pumpkins are related to squashes, cucumbers, and cantaloupes. References to pumpkins […]

Gourd you make a great pie.



From earliest times people wore masks when droughts or other disasters struck. They believed that the demons who had brought their misfortune upon them would become frightened off by the hideous masks. Even after the festival of Samhain had merged with Halloween, Europeans felt uneasy at this time of the […]

Masking Masks Memories


3
The Druids were the “wise men” of the pagan Celtic society.  Little is known of them with certainty; however it is thought that they played the roles of priests in the Celtic religion. Most folks know that the holiday we call Halloween is derived from the Celtic festival of Samhain.  […]

Something Druid This Way Comes…



5
  Did you know that Santa has an archenemy? Every comic book hero worth his salt has an archenemy. Batman has the Joker, James Bond has Dr. No, Luke Skywalker has Darth Vader, and Santa Claus has the Krampus. Wait a minute, Santa has an archenemy? Krampus is one of […]

Did you know that Santa has an Archenemy?