Monday, December 02, 2013

Magical Traditions of Christmastime - Karen Michelle Nutt

Magical Traditions of Christmastime
Karen Michelle Nutt

Billions of people celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, but even those who do not celebrate know about the traditions associated with the celebration. Some of the traditions date back centuries. My characters Alan and Hyatt from Magic of the Loch have been around long enough to not only appreciate the traditions through the years, but they would have participated in them.

Christmas Tree
Trees were important symbols in the Pagan culture. The druids revered the oak. The Romans believed Evergreens had special powers to return life. From this belief the Christians eventually used the Evergreen to symbolize eternal life. The Vikings hung war trophies for good luck on fir and ash trees. In the middle ages, the Church decorated trees nearby on Christmas Eve with apples. This tradition was named Adam and Eve Day.

The Yule Log was once an ancient sun worship ritual. The Vikings burned the log in honor of their god Thor. The Druids selected a large tree bearing fruit or an oak tree. They would bless the log and light the piece with a scrap from the last year’s Yule Log to symbolize the log was ‘ever-burning’. The Druids believed this ritual would promote bountiful crops, provide light and warmth for the dead and cleanse the fire by burning up all the evil of the past year.

Druid priests used mistletoe in their sacred rituals over two hundred years before the birth of Christ. They revered the plant with no roots and the ability to remain green during the winter months. The Celts believed mistletoe had magical healing powers. They used it as an antidote for poison, infertility and to ward off evil spirits. They also thought of the plant as the symbol of peace. Scandinavians associated the plant with their love goddess, Frigga. This perhaps is where we derive out custom of kissing under the mistletoe. Those who kissed under the mistletoe would have happiness and good luck for the next year.

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Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

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Karen Michelle Nutt said...

I hope everyone has a wonderful and merry holiday!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Love the history. We celebrate the Solstice in our home in addition to Christmas. Going back to the roots is important to us. Thanks, Karen. And you book sounds wonderful.

Debra St. John said...

Wow...great history lesson, Karen. I love that the Yule log is tied to Thor!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...


Thanks so much for stopping by. So glad you enjoyed the post. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said...


I like that the Yule log is tied to Thor, too. :)

Lilly Gayle said...

Great post! Was thinking about Christmas until I saw Thor's name. Mmm. Thor. Now, I'm thinking about Thor. lol!

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Thor... yep, what a hunk!