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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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On Long Island, New York there is a place that has earned a reputation for being haunted or cursed since before the area was occupied by Native Americans.  Mount Misery it is called today and it as well as the surrounding area is one of the most haunted places on Long Island.  Read the full story>>

Mount Misery Road near Huntington, New York.  The area is thought to be a paranormal hotspot and is home to many ghosts.
Mount Misery Road near Huntington, New York.  The area is thought to be a paranormal hotspot and is home to many ghosts.

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In the southwestern United States as well as Mexico and South America, there is a legend among Hispanics that tell of La Llorona or the “weeping woman” who haunts the rivers, streams, lakes and oceans. It if a person mistreats their family, La Llorona will pay you a visit, marking you for death and try to drag them to watery grave.  Read the full story>>

La Llorona sobre el Xochimilcoby by ulfsarkmonster at deviantart.com
La Llorona sobre el Xochimilcoby by ulfsarkmonster at deviantart.com

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Long ago there began tales from the Native American Wampanoag Nation, of small human-like creatures that roamed the forests of New England. These seemingly mythical creatures, have supposedly been seen in areas of New England to this day.  Read the full story>>

Artist's rendition of a Pukwudgie, thought to haunt the forests of New England
Artist’s rendition of a Pukwudgie, thought to haunt the forests of New England

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Just after the turn of the century in the early 1900s, wealthy and prominent businessman Daniel Hennessy built a grand home for his family in northwest Butte, Montana.  Over thirteen thousand square feet, it was a well known landmark in Butte.  It would become even more well known over the years s Daniel Hennessy seems to have never left his beloved home, even in death.  Read the full story>>

The Hennessy Mansion in Butte, Montana is reportedly haunted by it's original owner
The Hennessy Mansion in Butte, Montana is reportedly haunted by it’s original owner

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Dating back to the time when Native Americans made their way westward through the Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma border area in the 1830s, there have been reports of a strange light that has been seen along a stretch of road.  This is a very unique occurrence in that it has been investigated by many, but still remains a mystery to this day.  Read the full story>>

The Devil's Promenade or Hornet Spook Lights

The Devil’s Promenade or Hornet Spook Lights

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In the 1890s in Natchez, Mississippi, in the an upper class neighborhood lived a couple named Dick and Octavia.  They became friends with another couple and got along well.  That is, until at one point, things drastically went wrong.  Read the full story>>

The "Goat Castle" of Natchez, Mississippi which is actually the estate named Glenwood
The “Goat Castle” of Natchez, Mississippi which is actually the estate named Glenwood

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