Festivals & Holidays
The holidays we celebrate today are pale versions of the original. Learn about our common festivals and the real reason we celebrate them.
A Brief History of Christmas
A history of Christmas that sheds some light on little known facts.
Ancient (and some current) Holidays in November
Not just Halloween, but many, many festivals have roots in mythology. There´s practically a holiday for every day in the month when you look at ancient ritual calendars; check it out. (This piece focuses heavily on Celtic traditions, but includes many others as well).
Ancient Holidays in December
The November feature was so popular here´s one about December too! Saturnalia, the Winter Solstice, ancient origins of Christmas traditions and more.
Apple Cider Time
Memories of the old neighborhood and making fresh apple cider.
Christmas In America
Remembering and cherishing family Christmas traditions.
Do you ever wonder about the lore or religious significance of the candy cane, the poinsettia, or other traditions of Christmas? Here are just a few brief stories of the legends of Christmas.
Christmas Pudding - Tradition and Lore
Making good old time Christmas foods is much easier today than it was in the distant past. To make an old favorite, like Christmas Pudding, one can bring back a feeling of nostalgia with the tried and true original method.
Easter Bunny and Colored Eggs Origins
The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have its origins in Germany,
Festivals and Holidays - Christmas Folklore
The Folklore Christmas Collection
Figgy Pudding For The Folks Down Home
From sixteenth century West Country of England comes the traditional Christmas dessert, "figgy pudding".
From Winter to Spring
The February celebrations of Imbolc and Groundhog day offer us inspiration and hope for the warmer weather of Spring that is soon to come.
Groundhog Day Origins
On February 2 each year, folklore tradition honors the groundhog and his prediction for spring.
May Day Traditions
a tradition to take flowers to neighbors on the first day of May, place the little bouquet at the door, knock and run away.
Metamorphosis of Santa Claus
A brief history on the image of Santa Claus
New Year Traditions And Lore
A brief history of New Year celebration traditions.
New Year Traditions and Lore
New Year´s Day is one of the oldest holidays known to recorded history. The first known observance of this day was in ancient Babylon over 4000 years ago.
Also known as Hallowe'en, Hallowmas and All Saints Day, it is said that Samhain is the night when the dead walk the land.
Santa In America
Our Dear Ol´ Santa Claus, as we know him in America, is the "right jolly old elf" who comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve with a bag full of toys.
Something Wicked I Dare Say
A brief history of Halloween and how it changed from protection from evil to something wicked.
Thanksgiving Lore And History
A brief history of the Thanksgiving Day customs in America and around the world.
The Annual Carolan Festival
It’s late June in Worcester, Vermont; home of the Annual Carolan Festival.
The Day the Sun Stands Still, The Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice, an important ancient holiday, pre-dates Christmas by tens of thousands of years. Why was this day (today, in fact - 12/22), so important?
The Tale of Stingy Jack
Jack O'Lanterns are popular Hallowe'en fair, but did you know that the original Jack O'Lantern was not a pumpkin, but rather a common root.
Tribute To My Mother
I remember all the times you held me close,
When I was young and needed you,
And all the times you gave your most,
With words that rang so true.
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Valentine's Day, that special day set aside on February 14 each year for true love, when young lovers and even the elderly loves give each other flowers, special gifts, cards, candy and promises.
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