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The Winter Solstice

The Sacred Traditions of Christmas
john Matthews, with contributions from Caitlín Matthews

Godsfield Press 1998

The Winter Solstice gives new meaning not just to Christmas, but to the whole winter season. Folklore expert John Matthews traces the history behind many of the sacred traditions of the holiday season and provides refreshing and practical suggestions for celebrating the Winter Solstice as a joyous, life-affirming, spiritual festival.

  • Delight in the surprising multicultural origins of Santa Claus, the Yule Log, caroling, mistletoe, and the Christmas evergreen.
  • Revive old traditions and discover new ones through lively descriptions of the revels of Old Europe and the solstice ceremonials of traditional peoples of many lands.

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