Category Archives: Holiday Season

Recipes: Honey Cake

Sweet breads correspond to Ostara and nothing is more tradition for this time for fresh, new beginnings than Honey. Sweet breads are a top food choice for the season. Celebrate with this great take on traditional Honey Cake. Winter does … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

St. Patrick’s Day 2018 occurs on Saturday, March 17, in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Cards Traditions

The first Valentine’s cards were sent in the 18th century. Initially these were handmade efforts, as pre-made cards were not yet available. Lovers would decorate paper with romantic symbols including flowers and love knots, often including puzzles and lines of … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Valentine’s Day Greetings

Origins of Valentine’s Day From 13 to 15 February, ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. Many believe that the origins of Valentine’s Day can be traced back to this ancient fertility festival. To mark the occasion Roman men sacrificed … Continue reading

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Wheel of the Year: Imbolc Celebrations

Imbolc or Imbolg, also called Brigid’s Day, is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on 1/2 February, or about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is time to … Continue reading

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What Christmas Is As We Grow Older – by Charles Dickens

  This is such a stunning piece of prose. It encompasses the universal feeling of melancholy at Christmas time and teaches a great lesson whilst tugging at our heartstrings. We are all together, always. Whether we now thrive in the … Continue reading

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Holiday Folklore: The Yule Cat

THE YULE CAT The oldest written sources on the Yule Cat are from the Nineteenth Century. These refer to the fact that those who do not get a new item of clothing for Yule are destined to become offerings for … Continue reading

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