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Remembering the persecuted badger this Yule. http://www.witchesofwalthamabbey.co.uk/imgs/products/large/Wendy%20Andrew%20-%20badger-bliss-large.jpg

In the Greco-Roman world, from where Christianity later flourished, the most dominant cult (1000 BC) of a savior nailed upon a crucifix was that also of the pagan fertility god Osiris-Dionysus (left), who suffered persecution, died, and then rose again from the dead. Only was it until the late 5th century that genuine portrayals of Jesus on a crucifix were found, as before this time however, artifacts had all but depicted Jesus as the fish, or as the shepherd, but never on a Cross.

Santa Lucia Crown

I found this recipe for Santa Lucia Crown, on Breadworld.com. You’ve got to check it out!

The Full Wolf Moon - Full moon names date back to Native American tribes who lived in northern and eastern United States. Those tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Indians named the first moon of the year the Full Wolf Moon because of the wolf packs that howled hungrily outside their villages in the heart of winter. It is also called the Old Moon or the Moon after Yule.

My first series, Darkness to Light, is based loosely on my ancestors and takes place in 17th century France. They escaped the religious persecution and came to this country, settling in Pennsylvania. On my blog the next few weeks I thought it would be fun to take a look at the Christmas customs which take place in my books. Here is a blog about how the French celebrated Christmas in the 17th century.

What is wrong with saying, "Happy Holidays"? "Holiday" comes from the Old English word "håligdæg", which means "Holy Day". It's been around since the 12th century. How is this anti-Christian? It is not exclusively Christian, but is not anti-Christian, either.