HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE (PAGAN) CHRISTMAS
I was sitting there on the sun lounger under an umbrella during the heat-wave and reading an article by one of the Sunday Independent’s columnist on the subject of all things – Christmas! “The festive season is on my mind,” wrote John Masterson, “because my plans are made … I will be visiting a part of it that I love, with people I love …” and these are sentiments I expressed when compiling Have A Cool Yule in answer to all those complaints that folk make about what should be the most sacred time of the pagan year.
To implement the suggestions made in Have A Cool Yule: How to Survive (and Enjoy) the Mid-Winter Festival it takes a lot of advance planning in order to make the festivities a success. Why not invest in a copy now and circumnavigate many of the problems caused by leaving things to the last moment, especially when it comes to avoiding causing offence with family and friends. It’s easier to announce there will be changes to your plans for Yule during the summer-autumn months, rather than waiting until Christmas decorations are appearing in the shops. “Make your plans now. Decide who you want to be with and where you want to be. Do not make any allowances for toxic people because of the time of the year. Plan ahead …” concluded John Masterson is his article …
And if, a few months further down the line, you find yourself in the same old rut and bemoaning the fact that you hate Christmas, you’ve only got yourself to blame.
What people are saying about it:
“As per usual and in great style, Mélusine Draco presents a wealth of information about this historically proven pagan festival. Whichever way the reader chooses to celebrate…whether it’s a traditional family Christmas or a traditional Yule in the company of pagan friends or as a solitary – there is something for everyone. From a complete festival calendar with some simple rites and symbolism, to carol lyrics, recipes, gift ideas and feasting to the ‘art of using up’ and festive games; everything Yuletide is covered. And with generous doses of light-hearted good cheer and a sprinkling of dark humour, the author strikes a balance that is both useful, informative and entertaining. A charming little book.” Sheena Cundy, Witch Lit author The Madness and the Magic
“This certainly makes a cool yule for me! So much information, such fun too. It puts a whole new slant on our perhaps limited ideas of yuletide. …turns all preconceptions upside-down. Do read, you’ll enjoy.” Elen Sentier, author of Merlin: The Once and Future Wizard, Elen of the Ways and The Celtic Chakras.
“Have a Cool Yule is a lovely guide on how to truly enjoy the festive season in the depths of winter, whether you call it Christmas, the Winter Solstice, Yule or any other name. In the pages of this book you will find time-honoured traditions, recipes and sensible advice on how to avoid the worst of the commercialism and make the occasion what you want it to be.” Lucya Starza, author of Pagan Portals – Candle Magic
Pagan Portals: Have A Cool Yule – How ro Survive (and Enjoy) the Mid-Winter Festival is published by Moon Books (www.moon-books.net) and available from Amazon in both paperback and e-book format.