The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year

The Old Magic of Christmas is my absolute favorite non-fiction book about the darker days of winter holidays.

It 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 more. 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 be.

It is a wonderful starting point for anyone interesting in doing a deep dive into the darker creatures of winter lore.

The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year

'Tis the Season for Witches, Elves, and a Legion of Ghosts

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 rub elbows with veiled spirits, learn the true perils of elves, and discover a bestiary of enchanted creatures. Rife with the more 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 Queen. Along the way, you'll discover how to bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and craft instructions, as well as tips for delving more deeply into your relationship with the unseen.

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