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The Old Magic of Christmas ➳ [Reading] ➶ The Old Magic of Christmas By Linda Raedisch ➩ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Not so very long ago Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill In The Old Magic of Christmas you'll find a Christmas bestiary and a White Witch's he Not so very long ago Yuletide was Magic of eBook ☆ as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill In The Old Magic of Christmas you'll find a Christmas bestiary and a White Witch's herbal as well as tips for delving deeply into your relationship with the unseen Bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and ornament making while brushing elbows with veiled spirits and The Old Kindle - discovering the true perils of elves Rife with the frightful characters from folklore and the season's most petulant ghosts this book takes you on a spooky sleigh ride from the silvered firs of a winter forest to the mirrored halls of the Snow ueen.

  • Paperback
  • 281 pages
  • The Old Magic of Christmas
  • Linda Raedisch
  • English
  • 01 August 2016
  • 9780738733340

10 thoughts on “The Old Magic of Christmas

  1. Amalia Gkavea Amalia Gkavea says:

    Let us sit by the fire and tell dark stories about what most of us consider the most joyful night of the year As I'm writing my review I notice that the calendar shows 2112 the longest night of the year the first day of the Winter Solstice It is a funny coincidence since this book is a little treasure of information not about the fairy lights the carols and the joy of our nowadays Christmas but about the darkness the superstitions the evil spirits that are lurking in the dark corners of our households during the days of the YuleOur journey takes us to Scandinavia to the Nordic lands full of mystery and fascinating traditions deriving from the exciting Viking culture We move on to the beautiful countries of the Baltic Sea we visit Poland the Czech Republic we make a stop to Germany a Christmas destination out of a fairytale and the Netherlands We pass through France heading South to Spain and Portugal and then to Italy where we are expecting our presents from Befana and we are ready to face the Kalikantzaroi of my homeland Greece We learn the dark origins of many well known and well loved Christmas traditions customs that will never look the same to me after reading this book And all the time I couldn't help but wonder on the similarities between cultures that are so far away and so different from each otherI don't care about labels I could care less whether it is Neo pagan or Old pagan book Whether it is New Age or Old Age or I don't know what you mean Age It is a fine book to accompany you while you're sitting somewhere warm with a cup of hot chocolate by the Christmas tree Choose a few magical pieces by Wardruna as a soundtrack and try to resist looking over your left shoulder You never know

  2. Emelia Emelia says:

    I enjoyed The Old Magic of Christmas Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year immensely for such a small book it was filled with fascinating history not to mention crafts and recipes from long ago History such as The pagan Norse beginning their winter celebrations in October with the Alfablot or feast of the elves where wild riders could be seen from November until the end of the 12 nights of Christmas Yuletides of old were not the bright and shiny festivals of consumerism they are today They were the seasons of long dark nights when even darker things prowled beyond the threshold and would venture inside if the correct wardings were not in place When you first open the book you are immediately thrust into the dark past with the spinning tradition In the Germanic cultures Frau Berchta also known as Frigga to the Scandinavians dominated the nights before Yule Spinning was forbidden on Frigga’s Eve but the task was to be completed by Twelfth Night or one faced the wrath of the goddess Frau Holla and her spectral children ran amok in the night skies but should one catch a glimpse of this horde the unfortunate soul was struck blind Santa’s jolly elves were in some cultures really the dead returned to Earth as impish creatures Recipes and crafts that are included such as how to make the traditional Lebkuchen Witch's Gingerbread house and the Luka Mask I especially enjoyed the Christmas Witch's Herbal section that contains not only herbal remedies but also why the herbs were used Why Mistletoe is associated with new brides and why the Christmas Rose is a flower of the plague This is not only a history of Christmas but a wonderful examination of the pagan roots that ran deep in European soil Linda Raedisch also reminds us that there are still elements of these traditions alive and well in our happy version of this ancient holiday She brings us Sami traditions from the Lapland of Finland Vikings Celts Germanic tribes and as she unwraps the shiny package to reveal the darkness underneath She also examines how Christianity incorporated many Pagan beliefs to help ease the transition from Paganism to Christianity If you like history Christmas and the darker side of Elves I encourage reading he Old Magic of Christmas I learned so much from Raedisch's book and I intend to put up my Yule tree next year on December the 1st Why? Well if I told you where would the fun in that be?

  3. Christine Christine says:

    As far as Llewellyn books go this wasn't half bad when I look on it as a compilation of Yuletideseasonal folklore the author also pulls things from popular culture and time honoured fairy tales as well as time attested lore That being said when I look at it from a neopagan point of view I have less appreciation for it I don't like that the book encourages an eclectic approach but as a reconstructionist there's no surprise there If eclecticism is fine with you then you may enjoy this book even soLe gasp Are those actually footnotes in a Llewellyn book?? Hath hell finally iced over?? True they are only a handful but the fact Llewllyn didn't run screaming from footnotes shocks me This is a publishing house that is afraid of facts after all For example the author claims that werewolves are afraid of juniper trees? Really? I'd love a source on that because I have a huge interest in werewolves oh there isn't one Gee thanksSource material people It's superiorMy usual caveat with Llewellyn books stands one may can use them as a starting off point but always always go to the source material over these new age tomes

  4. Tristy Tristy says:

    This is an extremely scattered book on many levels First of all what is the focus? Is it scary myths of Christmas past? Is it get to know your old Nordic Christmas origins withe some Greek stories thrown in? Is it a witchy craft book? While trying to jam so much information into one book the author doesn't really go in depth on any of these topics so unfortunately the book really fell flat Not to mention how in the world do you discuss the winter celebrations of the Saami in Norway AND NOT EVEN MENTION Beiwe? I mean she is an antlered woman who travels through the sky in a structure made of reindeer bones On the winter solstice her worshipers sacrifice white female animals and thread the meat on sticks which they bent into rings and tied with bright ribbons They also cover their doorposts with butter so Beiwe can eat it and begin her journey once again This book just missed the mark unfortunately

  5. The Librarian Witch The Librarian Witch says:

    If you’re fascinated by folklore and the slightly darker side of Christmas then this is definitely a book you’re going to want to pick up this yearFeaturing ghosts dangerous elves traditional recipes malicious creatures ancient yule traditions and customs and even some craft instructions this book is a real treasure trove of Yuletide informationI do wish it was a bit in depth and detailed as it seems to just mention things briefly giving us only a very uick passing glance at these foreboding creatures and customs before moving onto the next But this would be a great starting point for anyone interested in how Yule used to be celebrated and the reasons whyIt has definitely prompted me to delve even deeper into some of the things mentioned withinThis is a lovely cosy sometimes uite spooky book to read this winter seasonPreferably while curled up under a blanket with a steaming mug grasped in your hand

  6. Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone Book Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone says:

    Christmas? Is the man mad? He’s writing a review of a Christmas book for a horror review site? There is a very dark side to this jolly holiday It’s definitely not all jingle bells and wassailing by any means Linda Raedisch explores the very pagan origins of Christmas and introduces us to the dark spooky Gothic side of the ancient traditions and beliefs of YuleWe are immediately thrust into the dark past with the spinning tradition In the Germanic cultures Frau Berchta also known as Frigga to the Scandinavians dominated the nights before Yule Spinning was forbidden on Frigga’s Eve but the task was to be completed by Twelfth Night or one faced the wrath of the goddess Frau Holla and her spectral children ran amok in the night skies but should one catch a glimpse of this horde the unfortunate soul was struck blind Santa’s jolly elves were in some cultures really the dead returned to Earth as impish creatures Christmas is filled with legends of elf curses witches the dead and phantom souls Raedisch does an excellent job of covering a wide swath of European history both in geography and time She brings us Sami traditions from the Lapland of Finland Vikings Celts Germanic tribes and as she unwraps the shiny package to reveal the darkness underneath The work is not entirely sinister She includes patterns for many folk crafts from the various regions as well as their less than happy beginnings This is not only a history of Christmas but a wonderful examination of the pagan roots that ran deep in European soil She also reminds us that there are still elements of these traditions alive and well in our happy version of this ancient holiday We may not remember why we make Danish lace hearts but we still do Not your traditional horror read but an amazing look into our scary pastOriginally published at Horror Novel Reviews

  7. Angel Angel says:

    Amazing that prior to what we now consider Christmas the celebrations started earlier sorry to all of you complaining about Christmas music before turkey day and lasted long past New Years Not to mention that the celebrations seemed far intended to bring villages and communities together during the long difficult winter months Now we take anti anxiety pills to get through the holidays and anti depressants to deal with the gray months afterBut I digress This book is literally jam packed with information Not only of old traditions but how you can begin to give new life to old traditions in your own home Each chapter ends with a craft and a recipe awesome for anyone who is crafty or handy in the kitchenI am neither So now I'm just waiting for the arrival of my straw Yule Goat Happy Yuletide

  8. Cari Cari says:

    I love love love how so many modern Christmas traditions have been passed on through the centuries from their origins in pagan societies One of the things that has been kind of lost throughout the ages perhaps buried under layers of tinsel and wrapping paper is the darker side of Yule which was once a night of wintry darkness filled with paying homage to visiting spirits and trying to evade the threat of dark entities The Old Magic of Christmas Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year goes over many different traditions and mythical creatures associated with Yule celebrations throughout the European continent throughout the centuries For example my favorite was the Krampus basically Santa's demonic counterpart who punishes bad boys and girls by dragging them to hell which is probably way motivational than the threat of coal in your stocking 😉 This is really an interesting read and also includes traditional Yule recipes and crafts Check it out if you're interested in the true origins of Christmas 🎄🎅

  9. Roxanne Rhoads Roxanne Rhoads says:

    The Old Magic of Christmas is my absolute favorite non fiction book about the darker days of winter holidaysIt is jam packed full of fascinating history old fashioned crafts and recipes and mythology Yes there is a ton of information about many different things but it is united by the common thread of the darker aspects of winter holidays It explores many myths and legends associated with the winter holidays witches ghosts elves fairies and I had no idea there were so many dark legends associated Christmas and other winter holidays Modern times sure have made the holidays shiny and cheerful compared to the dark and scary things they used to beIt is a wonderful starting point for anyone interesting in doing a deep dive into the darker creatures of winter lore

  10. Kim Kim says:

    I liked the book and the information it gave Some parts were reading almost like a novel where it gave the information of a scientific bookWhat I liked less was the speed and big diversity of the information shared and because of that some things where just mentioned instead of explained I would have liked it when things would have been talked about indepth Overall a nice book to read anywhere during November December and January

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