Tag Archives: Winter Solstice

Celebrate!

For many of us on this planet, this time of year means some kind of celebration. And with that has come a flurry of questions in Pagan social media sites and groups and pages: If I am “X”, can I … Continue reading

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A Grand Day to Start Something New

New Year’s? Well yes, although the dark half of the year had already begun at Samhain. But that is, I have come to believe, not the same as New Year’s, or at least not quite. The end of summer, as … Continue reading

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No Winter Holidays Without Vanilla Crescents

Ever since I was a kid, Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents) have been somewhat an obsession of mine. It all began when I was just old enough to go with my father and grandfather on the traditional stag hunt on December 27. … Continue reading

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Having a rough time? Try Alpine Raunächte…

December and January are very busy times. And by that I don’t mean shopping for the holidays and then bringing the gifts back to the stores to get something else. I am talking spiritually busy. After Krampus has ransacked Alpine villages … Continue reading

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He’s A-Coming…And Just How Naughty Were You This Year?

When I was a kid, my parent “rented” a Krampus once. I guess my sister and I were a particular pain that year. All I remember was my dad opening the door, the shadow of the creature in the doorway, … Continue reading

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Barbarazweigerl (St. Barbara Twigs)

In Austria – and I am sure in other regions of Europe – people cut a few twigs from a fruit tree (usually cherry, but any fruit tree should work) on December 4th. When put into a vase with water inside the … Continue reading

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