Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Yuletide Reading List

As promised, here is a short list of favorite reading materials for this festive time of the year when we are all thinking of light, community and feasting. Some of these books are out of print, but sometimes they can be found in used book shops online, and they are often happy campers in your local library.

The Oxford Book of Days,
Bonnie Blackburn and Leofranc Holford-Strevens

Echoes of Magic: A Study of Seasonal Festivals through the Ages,
C.A. Burland

Ancient Ways: Reclaiming Pagan Traditions
Pauline and Dan Campanelli

Wheel of the Year: Living the Magical Life
Pauline and Dan Campanelli

The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice,
Carolyn McVickar Edwards

Kindling the Celtic Spirit,
Mara Freeman

A Calendar of Festivals, Traditional Celebrations, Songs, Seasonal Recipes and Things to Make,
Marian Green

The Sun in the Church: Cathedrals As Solar Observatories,
John L. Heilbron

Celebrate the Solstice: Honoring the Earth's Seasonal Rhythms through Festival and Ceremony,
Richard Heinberg

Celestially Auspicious Occasions; Seasons, Cycles & Celebrations,
Donna Henes

Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain
Ronald Hutton

The Winter Solstice
Ellen Jackson

The Dance of Time: The Origins of the Calendar: A Miscellany of History and Myth, Religion and Astronomy, Festivals and Feast Days,
Michael Judge

The Solstice Evergreen: History, Folklore and Origins of the Christmas Tree,
Sheryl Karas

Perpetual Almanack of Folklore
Charles Kightly

Sacred Celebrations: A Sourcebook
Glennie Kindred

Celebrations Of Light : A Year of Holidays Around the World
Nancy Luenn and Mark Bender (Illustrator)

The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas,
John Matthews and Caitlin Matthews

Christmas in Ritual and Tradition
Clement A. Miles

Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth (Holiday Series),
Dorothy Morrison

The Battle for Christmas
Stephen Nissenbaum

Sacred Origins of Profound Things: The Stories Behind The Rites and Rituals of The World's Religions,
Charles Panati

The Shortest Day: Celebrating the Winter Solstice,
Wendy Pfeffer
and Jesse Reisch

Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide,
Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller-Ebeling

All Around the Year, Holidays and Celebrations in American Life,
Jack Santino

Circle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Tradition,
Starhawk, Anne Hill and Diane Baker

Keeping Christmas: Yuletide Traditions In Norway And The New Land
Kathleen Stokker

When Santa Was A Shaman: Ancient Origins of Santa Claus & the Christmas Tree,
Tony van Renterghem

The Fires of Yule: A Keltelven Guide for Celebrating the Winter Solstice,
Montague Whitsel


Rowan said...

What an interesting list of books, several I already have and others I intend to investigate and probably acquire very soon:)

the wild magnolia said...

Inspiring list of of books. I want to gobble them up! :)

Wishing you a cozy day!

the wild magnolia said...

Hah! You know me, got so excited over the books, I forgot to say I adore the fire!!!!! I somehow get lost in the flames and travel about! :)

Blessings kindred sister, magnolia

Anonymous said...

Oooh! I have several of these, and am happy to learn of others! Thank you for the light, and for the great image, too.
~Flaneuse in DC

Josh said...

I love that image - stick, kettle, fire & snow. I especially love the juxtaposition of yellow/orange fire against blue/white snow.

And thank you for the reading list.

Gingerspark said...

Great list!

I'll be trying to get ahold of many.

Thank you

Jenny said...

This list is delightful. I have printed it for later - a chance to sit, cup of tea and a fire, turning inward during the dark of the year... and turning to the used book websites! ;-)

Val said...

Ive just ordered the John Matthews from my library.

Its not until we have had several weeks of unaccustomed snow in south west UK, that I begin to appreciate your winter world.

The world is so beautiful under snow, especially when the eye is unaccustomed to the light it brings.