The History and Origins of Santa Claus

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Santa’s had a long and bumpy road on his way to becoming a modern icon, but now that he’s here he doesn’t look likely to leave anytime soon. In a world that so often lacks any magic, Santa provides a doorway into a realm of imagination and wonderment. Join us as we trace his origins in Greek myth, Catholic tradition, Norse paganism, and the wilds of the human imagination. [Read more...]

Everything Yule & Christmas (Rituals, History, and More!)

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The Holiday Season is a rush of social obligations, family moments, shopping, and rituals. Raise the Horns brings you resources for your every holiday need. [Read more...]

Beyond Santa Claus: The Other Gift Givers

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The image of Santa Claus dominates the Holiday Season, but he’s just one of the many magical gift-givers who visit children the world over this time of year. From the more well known Krampus to the mostly unknown Yule Goat, the world beyond Santa Claus is an interesting and fascinating place. [Read more...]

Good Tidings & Great Joy: Raise the Horns Reviews Sarah Palin’s New Book

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Can a Pagan find middle ground with Sarah Palin and her new book “Good Tidings Great Joy?” The answer is mostly “no,” but we gave it our best shot. [Read more...]

Playlist: Yule & Christmas

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Yuletide is a mix of ritual, parties, and family obligations. Because it brings out so many different sides of us it requires a very special sort of playlist, one able to mix the spiritual with the secular. It’s a music mix with something for everyone this Holiday Season. [Read more...]

The Year in Paganism: 2013

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There were victories, arguments, festivals, and everything in between in 2013. Catch up on the biggest news stories of the year, along with some of the best and worst moments in the Pagan Blogosphere. It’s the Raise the Horns year in review! [Read more...]

Pagan Folkways: Dar Williams

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Probably best known for the song “The Christians and the Pagans,” Dar Williams is a favorite of many Modern Pagans. If you aren’t familiar with Ms. Williams, it’s probably time to get acquainted. [Read more...]

Christmas Traditions: Pagan or Christian?

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Christmas has long been a combination of both Christian and ancient pagan elements, but where did the individual traditions we associate with the holiday come from? Are they all Christian? Are they all pagan? Maybe some of them are a bit of both . . . . [Read more...]

A Magickal Holiday Gift Guide

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Not sure what to buy that special someone for the holidays? We’ve got your Yuletide needs covered with spirits, drinks, books, music, and more. [Read more...]

Water Under the Pagan Bridge

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This week someone leaving Paganism made the New York Times. Is that an important development or a bump in the road? Will we be talking about this moment four years or even four weeks from now? Maybe by then it will simply be water under the Pagan bridge. [Read more...]


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