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The Old Magic Of Christmas by Linda Raedisch

Title The Old Magic of Christmas
Author Linda Raedisch
Publisher Llewellyn Worldwide
Release Date 2013
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 281
ISBN 9780738733340
Language English, Spanish, and French
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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 find a Christmas bestiary and a White Witch's herbal, as well as tips for delving more deeply into your relationship with the unseen. Bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and ornament making while brushing elbows with veiled spirits and discovering the true perils of elves. 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.

Night Of The Witches by Linda Raedisch

Title Night of the Witches
Author Linda Raedisch
Publisher Llewellyn Worldwide
Release Date 2011-01-08
Category Body, Mind & Spirit
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780738728162
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Spring has come to the northern forest. The evening wind blows cold as the breath of the frost giants. Just overhead, there is a sound like the rushing of crows' wings. Can it be a coven of witches has flown over these woods? "On any other night, you would probably swear that there was no such thing as a witch—at least, not the kind that streaks through the sky on a broomstick with guttering taper and billowing cloak. But this is no ordinary night; it is the thirtieth of April, the eve of May. Tonight is Walpurgis Night." The roots of Walpurgis Night reach deep into the Pagan past, and modern Europeans celebrate it with as much abandon as their ancestors. Learn about the sacred rites of spring and the "lost" holiday has changed from a lusty fertility festival to a children's night of fun and treats. Learn about brooms and how to make one, and meet a collection of old-time witches, from Ash Wives to Wolf Crones. This charming, impeccably researched book features a wealth of folklore and herb lore, plus original and traditional recipes, crafts, and activities.

Pagan Christmas by Christian Rätsch

Title Pagan Christmas
Author Christian Rätsch
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2006-10-24
Category Religion
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781594776601
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An examination of the sacred botany and the pagan origins and rituals of Christmas • Analyzes the symbolism of the many plants associated with Christmas • Reveals the shamanic rituals that are at the heart of the Christmas celebration The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social exchange. But Christmas is no ordinary folk observance. It is an evolving feast that over the centuries has absorbed elements from cultures all over the world--practices that give plants and plant spirits pride of place. In fact, the symbolic use of plants at Christmas effectively transforms the modern-day living room into a place of shamanic ritual. Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling show how the ancient meaning of the botanical elements of Christmas provides a unique view of the religion that existed in Europe before the introduction of Christianity. The fir tree was originally revered as the sacred World Tree in northern Europe. When the church was unable to drive the tree cult out of people’s consciousness, it incorporated the fir tree by dedicating it to the Christ child. Father Christmas in his red-and-white suit, who flies through the sky in a sleigh drawn by reindeer, has his mythological roots in the shamanic reindeer-herding tribes of arctic Europe and Siberia. These northern shamans used the hallucinogenic fly agaric mushroom, which is red and white, to make their soul flights to the other world. Apples, which figure heavily in Christmas baking, are symbols of the sun god Apollo, so they find a natural place at winter solstice celebrations of the return of the sun. In fact, the authors contend that the emphasis of Christmas on green plants and the promise of the return of life in the dead of winter is just an adaptation of the pagan winter solstice celebration.

The Book Of Christmas Folklore by Tristram Potter Coffin

Title The Book of Christmas Folklore
Author Tristram Potter Coffin
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1973
Category Christmas
Total Pages 192
ISBN 0816491585
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Insights into the culture of pre-Christian Europe are provided as the author seeks out the origins and meanings of songs, food, legends, and other items associated with yuletide.

Title The Krampus and the Old Dark Christmas
Author Al Ridenour
Publisher Feral House
Release Date 2016-09-12
Category History
Total Pages 248
ISBN 9781627310413
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Krampus, a folkloric devil associated with St. Nicholas in Alpine Austria and Germany, has been embraced by the American counterculture and is lately skewing mainstream. The new Christmas he seems to embody is ironically closer to an ancient understanding of the holiday as a perilous, haunted season. In the Krampus' world, witches rule Christmas, and saints can sometimes kill.

Title The Magic Christmas Ornament
Author James Barbato
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2018-12-25
Category
Total Pages 34
ISBN 0999869205
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Christmas Eve is a special time...especially when your family's favorite ornament has magic powers! On one enchanted Christmas Eve, Victoria, Joseph, and John gather around the fireplace to hear their father's story about their favorite Christmas ornament. After bedtime, the children sneak downstairs and discover the true magic of the ornament as it sweeps them from their home and directly into Santa's workshop. On this adventure, they are dazzled by thousands of toys, the famous reindeer, and even Santa himself! Amidst the magic and wonder of this night, the children meet a special elf named JJ who, as it turns out, is more connected to their family's history than they could ever have imagined¿Enjoy this magical Christmas tale with your family and make lasting holiday memories. Beautifully presented as an heirloom-quality case-bound hardback book, with vibrant full-color illustrations, "The Magic Christmas Ornament" is perfect for your family library. Visit magicchristmasbulb.com to preview and reserve the full collection, which includes the actual ornament depicted in this heartwarming holiday story.

Merry Midwinter by Gillian Monks

Title Merry Midwinter
Author Gillian Monks
Publisher Unbound Publishing
Release Date 2018-10-04
Category Religion
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781783527090
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'Lots of ideas for making gifts and decorations but not spending tons of money buying them' Jenni Murray Celebrating midwinter is not about what you buy or how much you spend – it's about your attitude to life. Turn away from the frenetic consumerism of Christmas and rediscover the authentic and meaningful realities of this, the oldest and most precious celebration of the year. The true significance of midwinter is not found in any individual spiritual or religious belief or practice. Instead, the winter solstice provides an opportunity to celebrate what we as humans share; to set aside our differences and come together with a sense of community and cheer. Merry Midwinter is a cornucopia of ideas for how to make your own decorations (kissing boughs, advent wreaths, crackers, stockings and more); your own alternative gifts which cost nothing except your time and thought; your own entertainments and games; and simple, seasonal recipes from years gone by.

The Magic Of Christmas by Carlton Books

Title The Magic of Christmas
Author Carlton Books
Publisher Carlton Books Limited
Release Date 2011-10
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 32
ISBN 184732584X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Santa himself describes his home at the North Pole, how he handles the letters he gets, preparations for Christmas, the reindeer, and the big night itself, in a book that includes a computer disk with additional details.

The Magic Of Christmas by Sarah Morgan

Title THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS
Author Sarah Morgan
Publisher Harlequin / SB Creative
Release Date 2015-01-12
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9784596649850
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Lara, a nurse, laughs off the “prophecy” from one of her eccentric patients. The old woman and self-proclaimed fortune-teller predicts that Lara will be proposed to on Christmas Day. To top it off, her husband-to-be will be very handsome and oh-so-sexy. “She’s saying that to someone who has never seriously dated a man before! That’s impossible!” While shaking off such idle thoughts, she proceeds to the emergency room. A doctor has been there waiting for her, a man who just so happens to be extremely capable, handsome and sexy. Dr. Christian Blake. “If it’s this man, he might just fit the bill. No, wait, he’s way beyond my reach. There’s absolutely no chance it can be him!”

The Magic Of Christmas by Bethany M. Sefchick

Title The Magic Of Christmas
Author Bethany M. Sefchick
Publisher Bethany Sefchick
Release Date 2014-12-18
Category Fiction
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9203456XXXX
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Illusionist Drake Vale has returned to his hometown for the first time in nearly twenty years. Except back then, he wasn't famous. And he wasn't Drake. He was Logan Valliente, an abused boy from the wrong side of the tracks in love with a girl who was far beyond his reach. Teacher Cecilia Linden is at a cross-roads in her life, but a part of her is unable to move on, partly because of her unrequited young love for a boy she used to know - Logan. As she takes in illusionist Drake Vale's show one night, she is struck with the realization that Drake is really Logan and she's still just as attracted to him as she has always been. Are these two star-crossed lovers fated to remain apart or will the magic of the Christmas season somehow find a way to bring them back together? This 26,000-word short story is written in the modern, adult romance style. It may not be appropriate for younger audiences.

Title The Magic of Christmas Tree Farm
Author Erin Green
Publisher Head of Zeus Ltd
Release Date 2018-09-04
Category Fiction
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781786697974
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A warm, funny, uplifting new writer to celebrate!' KATIE FFORDE. The scent of pine fills the crisp air as local villagers select their perfect tree. Picking the tree is the easy bit, creating a perfect Christmas is a bit trickier... Nina has the most magical job in the world, matching customers with their perfect Christmas tree. Working at Christmas Tree Farm is always fun and full of laughter but the weight of past tragedy bears down on her. Her admirer is a great distraction, but is he the right man for her? Holly is just trying to be a normal teenager, having to deal with the mean girls in her class. But then the most handsome boy at school takes an interest in her. Have all her Christmases come at once? Angie is trying to bring her family together and save her broken marriage. It's not something she can force, but it's the only gift she craves. Will her Christmas wish come true? It's the season of goodwill, and at Christmas Tree Farm anything could happen... Perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Milly Johnson. Praise for The Magic of Christmas Tree Farm: 'A beautifully written story that at times will really tug on your heartstrings' Jackie Wright. 'Not just a sweet, festive read. Underlying issues and tensions abound' Erin Lewis. 'A page-turner and right in time for the festive season' Lisa Mattock. 'This book reminded me of one of the great Hallmark Christmas movies' Kory Bull.

Christmas Magic by Michael Garland

Title Christmas Magic
Author Michael Garland
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2001
Category Children's stories
Total Pages 86
ISBN 043957871X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Emily builds a special snow-woman and joins her and the new neighbor's snowman in a dance on a magical Christmas Eve, when all sorts of amazing things happen.

Santa Claus Worldwide by Tom A. Jerman

Title Santa Claus Worldwide
Author Tom A. Jerman
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2020-05-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 248
ISBN 9781476638942
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This is a comprehensive history of the world's midwinter gift-givers, showcasing the extreme diversity in their depictions as well as the many traits and functions these characters share. It tracks the evolution of these figures from the tribal priests who presided over winter solstice celebrations thousands of years before the birth of Christ, to Christian notables like St. Martin and St. Nicholas, to a variety of secular figures who emerged throughout Europe following the Protestant Reformation. Finally, it explains how the popularity of a poem about a "miniature sleigh" and "eight tiny reindeer" helped consolidate the diverse European gift-givers into an enduring tradition in which American children awake early on Christmas morning to see what Santa brought. Although the names, appearance, attire and gift-giving practices of the world's winter solstice gift-givers differ greatly, they are all recognizable as Santa, the personification of the Christmas and Midwinter festivals. Despite efforts to eliminate him by groups as diverse as the Puritans of seventeenth century New England, the Communist Party of the twentieth century Soviet Union and the government of Nazi Germany, Santa has survived and prospered, becoming one of the best known and most beloved figures in the world.

Title The Magic of Friendship Snow
Author Andi Cann
Publisher Hibou
Release Date 2019-11-20
Category
Total Pages 86
ISBN 1949761444
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Touch Of Christmas Magic by Scarlet Wilson

Title A Touch of Christmas Magic
Author Scarlet Wilson
Publisher Harlequin
Release Date 2015-11-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781460389690
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A family to heal him? After a rocky beginning, midwife Bonnie Reid is surprised when the head obstetrician Jacob Layton offers her and her little daughter, Freya, a place to stay. Bonnie's looking for a fresh start, but she didn't expect it to be with brooding—and totally gorgeous—Jacob… Family life has never been an option for Jacob—especially after his recent cancer diagnosis. Yet the Christmas magic Bonnie and Freya bring into his home makes Jacob feel more alive than ever! It's supposed to be temporary, but can Jacob really let Bonnie go?

The Book Of Christmas by Jane Struthers

Title The Book of Christmas
Author Jane Struthers
Publisher Random House
Release Date 2012-10-04
Category Reference
Total Pages 288
ISBN 9781448148936
Language English, Spanish, and French
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- What is the significance of holly at Christmas? - When should you make your figgy pudding? - Why was the Old Lad's Passing Bell rung on Christmas Eve? - And who was Good King Wenceslas? Did you know that, long before turkey arrived on our shores, it was traditional to serve a roasted wild boar's head at Christmas? Or that our Christmases were once so cold that Frost Fairs were held on the River Thames? Christmas Day was first celebrated on 25 December in the fourth century CE. But when should our Christmas decorations come down - Twelfth Day, Twelfth Night ... or Candlemas? And why? Packed with fascinating facts about ancient religious customs and traditional feasts, instructions for Victorian parlour games and the stories behind our favourite carols, The Book of Christmas is a captivating volume about our Christmas past.

Holly The Christmas Fairy by Daisy Meadows

Title Holly the Christmas Fairy
Author Daisy Meadows
Publisher Scholastic Inc.
Release Date 2007
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 159
ISBN 9780439928809
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When Jack Frost steals Santa's sleigh, inside of which are three special gifts, Rachel and Kirsty must try to save Christmas in Fairyland, with the help of Holly, the Christmas fairy.

Our Pagan Christmas by R. J. Condon

Title Our Pagan Christmas
Author R. J. Condon
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 1984
Category
Total Pages 19
ISBN 0903752042
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson

Title The Christmas Magic
Author Lauren Thompson
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2009
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 40
ISBN 0439774977
Language English, Spanish, and French
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As Santa prepares for the upcoming holiday season, it is the Christmas magic that truly makes everything happen.

A Magical Christmas by Claire Freedman

Title A Magical Christmas
Author Claire Freedman
Publisher Tiger Tales.
Release Date 2016
Category Juvenile Fiction
Total Pages 22
ISBN 1589252365
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It's Christmas, and the air is full of whispers and giggles. But what is the magic of Christmas that everyone is so excited about? That's what Little Mouse wants to know! A sparkly winter wonderland awaits in this enchanting celebration of all those things that make Christmas special!