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We have a stuffed reindeer that has been in our family for about 20 years.  He is a cute little dude however, he cannot really be used as a decoration anywhere because he has a problem.  He always falls over to the left side so he always gets stashed in storage. Hence, he has earned the name Ralph the Reject Reindeer.  Read the whole story>>

Seasons Greetings from Ralph the Reject Reindeer
Seasons Greetings from Ralph the Reject Reindeer

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What is Yuletide?  Where did it start?

You will find the answers and more than you probably ever could have imagined in this article.  Learn how Halloween, Christmas, Mummer’s Day, and Easter are all related due to their ancient origins.

Winter Solstice

According to the Neolithic peoples (and by some in modern times),  the winter solstice, the point at which the sun reaches the lowest point in the sky during the seasonal cycle of Earth, marks a celebration of light.  Afterwards the days begin getting longer as the sun reverses the decent of its horizontal track in the sky, until the summer solstice is reached.  A celebration was held beginning the first day after winter solstice and ending twelve days later at the beginning of January. This celebration was known as Yule or Yuletide.  When the end of Yule came, the Pagans would darken their faces with soot or wear animal like masks in one final celebration known as Darkie Day or Montol.  With the onset of Christianity, the Yule festival was merged into the celebration of Christmas and the time as shifted to begin on the 25th of December and end on the 6th of January or the Epiphany.  Montol, or Darkie Day, eventually became known as Mummer’s Day.  Read the full story>>

At Stonehenge on the winter solstice, the rising sun aligns perfectly with the large trio of monolithic stones and a flat stone table in the center of the structure
At Stonehenge on the winter solstice, the rising sun aligns perfectly with the large trio of monolithic stones and a flat stone table in the center of the structure. This is believed to be the site of Yule rituals held by the ancient Pagans.

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Candy Canes with their characteristic red swirled stripes of today

Candy Canes with their characteristic red swirled stripes of today

Back in the early 17th century in Cologne, Germany, a local church priest had a hard time with children sitting quietly during services on Christmas Eve.  Growing frustrated…  Read the full story>>

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