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Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth [Paperback]

Dorothy Morrison
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29 Sep 2000
Jam-packed with more than sixty spells, invocations, and rituals, Yule guides you through the magic of the season. Discover the origin of the eight tiny reindeer, brew some Yuletide coffee, and learn how to create your own holiday traditions and crafts based on celebrations from a variety of countries and beliefs.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications,U.S. (29 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1567184960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567184969
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 19 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 393,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Having read a few of this author's books before, I was expecting very formal ritual and celebration ideas along with ways of spiritually preparing for the festival. Instead, it focuses on ways of making your home looks pretty and making gifts for people.
I wouldn't say that the actual style of writing in the book is childish, however the suggested craft activities do seem to be geared very much towards children, and a lot of the information given about "yule" seem like the kind of stories parents would tell children before bed-time.
Another problem with this book is that it doesn't really have much religious content, it seems more like a Christmas craft ideas book, and, although no-where does it say that this book is designed specifically for Wicans/Pagans/etc, coming from a best-selling Wiccan author I expected a lot more religious content. As was previously mentioned it is Christmas with hardly any religious content.
I would only reccomend this book really to parents with children below the age of 12ish, as it offers nothing more than slightly tacky ideas of "things to make and do"
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluffy Christmas 4 Sep 2003
I had high hopes for this book when I ordered it, only to be severely let down. As I read this book, I thought it should be called "Christmas" rather than "Yule". Ms. Morrison clearly has a strong sense of affection for this holiday/season.
The history at the beginning of this book has very little to do with Yule. It seems like more of a justification of pagans celebrating "Christmas without Christ".
Morrison's "history" is very suspect - for example she makes the mistake of reffering to the Greek world as Persia. I think this book demonstrates the danger of doing most of your research on the internet.
I give this book 2 stars only because of the ritual content. I was inspired by what she had to offer in this respect.
If you do buy it, to get the most out of this book, skip the fluffy beginning and go right to the meaty bits.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book on Celebration of the Season 7 Feb 2005
This book, published in 2000, is a look at the holiday of Yule, as a celebration of the Sun God, the return of Light and the joyous celebration we have come to know today.
Ms. Morrison starts out by presenting us with the origins of Sun-welcoming from its days in ancient Egypt as the festival of Horus and moves us through time to present day celebrations of light. Included in this are brief descriptions of the origins of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Yule, all which honor in some fashion the return of the days of light and/or the aspect of God. This is not a study of the origins of Yule or Christmas, but an observation of the commonality of the various holidays that cluster around the Winter Solstice. There is also a brief overview of how many other countries celebrate this time of year when the God is honored and/or the change in the season is celebrated.
The rest of the book covers these celebrations, with discussions ranging from omens and superstitions, to food and drink, to crafts and gifts that make this season special.
We look at lore regarding animals, monsters, food and gifts, the traditions of hanging stockings over the fireplace and those wonderful weather words of wisdom to mention a few. There is also Yule trivia and facts.
The second part of the book gives us the crafts, recipes and Dorothy's wonderful spellworkings that help to celebrate this time of year. She covers preparation for the holiday, decorating ideas and traditions, a little history/mythtory about the obligatory tree and it's decorating and some ideas for holiday cards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 26 Dec 2013
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Very interesting read, full of lore and ideas on how to celebrate this festival. A book that makes yule better.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mindlessly written and poorly researched 9 Jan 2002
By Sho - Published on Amazon.com
I was deeply disappointed by this book. There are misspellings, inconsistent use of type, and reversed or incorrect words. The bulk of the book is recipes and make-your-own-tradition ideas that still partake heavily of Christian symbolism and practice. The author's sources are academically and intellectually dubious, and out of date. For example, she cites (and misspells the name of) an encyclopedia of mythology in its 1968 edition. The historical information cited is often inaccurate. The attitude toward Christians and practitioners of other religions alike is smarmy and patronizing. Egregiously stupid errors include a statement to the effect that the early Christians inserted the word "Son" in the name of their new holiday because it would make people think of the "Sun" god. Duh-uhhhh--these people weren't speaking English, and "son" and "sun" are not homophones in any languages spoken in that region then or now. This one of the most poorly written non-fiction works I've ever read, and there was no reason it couldn't have been good. One star is too high a rating.
106 of 121 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yule: A Celebration of Misinformation 25 Oct 2000
By R. Werner - Published on Amazon.com
I was terribly disappointed with this book. Of the littlefactual information in it, most of it is easily found (and morecoherently reported) on Pagan/Holiday sites on the Internet. I thinkmy favorite bit of misinformation was her claim that Pilgrims(?)brought Santa Claus to the New World with them. Perhaps she wasunaware that the Pilgrims and Puritan Settlers of the New World didnot even celebrate Christmas. In fact, between the years of 1659 and1681 Christmas was illegal in the Massachusetts colony. They did notexchange gifts, believe in Santa or "celebrate" the holidayin anyway, it was far too Pagan for them...Sinter Klaas, as hewas called, came with the Dutch, not the Pilgrims, or Puritans, to theNew World when they began to settle New Amsterdam (what is now NewYork) in 1624. This is only one of the glaring mistakes I picked upon. This information is easy to obtain. All it takes is research.Beware. If your are looking for crafts and recipes you've found theright book. If you are looking for accurate information on the historyof Christmas and/or Yule keep looking, I'm sure you can do betterresearch than this.
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the rituals, not for the history 24 Mar 2002
By Cynthia M. Caton - Published on Amazon.com
As I read this book, I thought it should be called "Christmas" instead of "Yule". Morrison clearly has an affection for this holiday. However, the beginning history of this book has very little to do with Yule. It seems like more of a justification of pagans celebrating Christmas without Christ. And her 'history' is very suspect - as in referring to the Greek world as Persia. I think there is a danger of doing most of your research off of the internet.
I would recommend this book for the ritual / spells. Morrison can turn a magikal phrase and I was inspired by what she had to offer. To get the most out of this book, skip the beginning fluff and go right to the meat. If you really want a book on Yule, read "The Winter Solstice" by John Matthews. Now that is a pagan book on this great holiday.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It Could Have Been So Much Better 8 Aug 2006
By Heather Fulkerson - Published on Amazon.com
First off, let me point out that I have high standards when it comes to pagan books. I expect for my faith to be presented to the general public as something that should be taken seriously, not poked fun at. I realize that these may be high expectations, but nonetheless... The first chapter was funny to me because although I could understand where Dorothy was coming from in her explanation of the history of how Yule came to be I could almost hear the right-wing Christians raging on their pews. It was the way she explained it that seemed a bit of a stretch. On the other hand, I liked the way she presented the symbols of the season and where they originated. There were some good prayers. Also helpful to me were the recipes for the Yule Log Rolls and how to make a real Yule Log. Other than that I decided against purchasing this book. I'm hoping to find a concise book on Yule that digs deeper into the history and gives me a clearer picture of how people practiced Yule. (A NOTE TO EDITORS: If you are expecting to sell more pagan themed books of this kind, you need to start including full-color photos. If I am going to pay money for a book like this I want to see photos that go along with the recipes-what would a typical Yule table from 2006 look like for example?- and photos that go along with the craft projects. You cannot expect people to try the craft projects without knowing what they will look like.) This book is helpful for beginner pagans or nonpagans who just want a look at some fun history facts.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misinformation Galore 30 Dec 2003
By "slate1198" - Published on Amazon.com
At first glance, I thought this book would be helpful when I spied it on the bookshelf at my local bookstore. However, when I opened it to the introductory chapter I learned that the culture which gave the name Yule (the Norse) where not even mentioned...at all. I finally found a blurb about them in the paragraph on mistletoe. But the story pertaining to mistletoe and the god Balder was completely wrong. All in all, when I flipped through the rest of the book, I found that if I did about a week's research online and in a few books, I could've done a better job with this than she did.
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