So this is Christmas…

Such a quiet day. There is a hushed stillness over the land. I imagine in homes all across the country children have woken to find Santa has arrived. There is excitement and giddy and the fumbling of parents for coffee and tea. In a way, I suppose today marks the end of my solitary experiment. [Read More…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

A Little Holiday Cheer: 13 Songs to Rock Around the Tree

I’m a Grinch. I admit it. But I plan to watch It’s A Wonderful Life this weekend and curl up with some Hogfather. I’m not immune to either fun nor holiday cheer. So here: 13.What’s This? – The Nightmare Before Christmas 12. Marley & Marley – Statler & Waldorf 11. Meteora – The Christmas Toy [Read More…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

Why Emphasize Yule?

In the Wheel of the Year, Yule isn’t very important. It’s one of the minor holidays. It’s a bottom-rung holiday, less important than the four major fire festivals, and less important than the two most important of those: Beltane and Samhain. Yet Yule is given a lot of attention. We decorate, we buy presents, we [Read More…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

“You can raise money to help your sick cat, for example, but not poor people.”

Congratulations to PayPal for winning Top Scrooge 2012. Regretsy, possibly one of the most deliciously twisted web sites around (which means I LOVE them), decided to help out poor folks this holiday season. Because our economy sucks and there are lots of poor folks who are hurting right now. However, PayPal arbitrarily decided to not [Read More…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

Over Christmas Already…

Before Halloween, the decorations were already in the stores. I thought it was early, but I bought a rosemary Yule tree and a nice secular Happy Holidays sign in the shape of a five-pointed star. Yet here we are at the end of November and we’ve already had over a month of Christmas consumerism. I’m [Read More…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

A Very Merry Mithras: Holiday Controversy

As we are all sleeping in and filling our fists with mugs of java a little holiday controversy to browse as our grey matter rearranges itself is in order. Jason Pitzl-Waters (author of The Wild Hunt) made the case that secular Christmas celebration are just people doin’ what comes natural: So all those non-Christians celebrating [Read More…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

Wyrd Designs – Deck the Halls and Hearth!

The Yuletide is just around the corner… and for those of us in the Northern Tradition, this is one of our most sacred holy tides of the year. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, many of us are gearing up to Deck the Halls and Hearth. As a child, I recall helping my mother make [Read More…]

Stay in touch! Like Patheos Pagan on Facebook:

CLOSE | X

HIDE | X