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The Magical History Of Yule, The Pagan Winter Solstice Celebration

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion

In 2016, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will begin on Wednesday, December 21 at 5:44 EST. To calculate the turning point in your time ...

Why Thousands Of Pagans Gather At Stonehenge For The Winter Solstice

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2016 | Religion

While some are buying presents and trimming their tree for Christmas, a very different kind of spiritual celebration gets underway every year at Stone...

Meaningful Rituals

Nancy Rappaport | Posted 12.15.2016 | Arts
Nancy Rappaport

Holidays can be tough, in part because they come with a certain amount of anticipation and hope for connection and joy. So to kick off the season, I s...

Winter Holidays: A Transitional Experience

Hope Schmid | Posted 12.22.2016 | Religion
Hope Schmid

This holiday season, let us acknowledge our similarities, celebrate our diversity, and encourage each other to look forward to the longer days and the hope of spring to come as well as the hope for a better world.

The Shocking Origins of Christmas Trees

Khanh Ho | Posted 12.21.2016 | Impact
Khanh Ho

Christmas Eve is almost upon us...and traditionally, this is when folks get their Christmas tree. If you do it right, you'll get it the night before,...

The Astrological & Mythological Origins of Christmas

Gahl Eden Sasson | Posted 12.19.2016 | Religion
Gahl Eden Sasson

Since this year Christmas falls right on the full moon in Cancer, I wanted to dedicate this post to the origin of Christmas focusing on some of the ho...

What Christians And Pagans Have In Common During The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.15.2017 | Religion

Many of the symbols that modern-day Christians associate with Christmas have pagan roots. The Yule log, the Christmas tree, the use of candlelight, an...

Winter Solstice 2015: Shortest Day Of The Year Celebrated As Pagan Yule

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2015 | Religion

In 2015, the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere will begin on Dec. 22 at 4:48 a.m. UTC. To calculate the turning point in your time zone, clic...

Happy Holidays: A Gift, Not a Slight

Chris Dean | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Chris Dean

If you're thoughtful enough to wish me a Merry Christmas, I won't go out of my way to explain to you why I experience a hidden shiver of annoyance, but I will wish you a Happy Holiday in return.

Ideas for Your Winter Solstice Wedding Ceremony

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 02.16.2014 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

The solstice is an auspicious occasion that is celebrated around the world. It represents a turning point in the year, just as marriage represents a turning point in your lives, and it can be a very happy time for a wedding.

Yule: Be The Light Of The Returning Sun

Teo Bishop | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Teo Bishop

I would like for us to redeem ourselves to each other, to come to terms with the distance we put between us and our neighbors, to release ourselves from indifference, to recognize that our lives are indelibly interconnected.

My Big, Gay Kinky, Universal Unitarian Christmas Spectacular! (PHOTOS)

Amy Shiner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amy Shiner

After joining the Universal Unitarian Church this past year, one of the major questions for me was, "What is my holiday going to look like, with my Catholic background meshed with my own beliefs?"

Holiday Gifts for Your Sex-Positive Friends

Amy Shiner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Amy Shiner

Looking to give your sex-positive friends or lovers a gift this holiday season? Here is a list of some of the more sought-out gifts that will be sure to have your friends and lovers excited.

"Ayiti Kale Je" Video Offers Fearless Look at Haiti's Christmas Cholera

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

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Keep Saturn in Saturnalia!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

I have to admit it. Like millions of other Americans, I've allowed the holidays to decay into a frenzy of shopping, feasting, gift-giving and wassail-soaked merriment. But all is going to change. I have seen the light.

A Grouch's Guide to Un-Christmas Books

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Laurence Hughes

An un-Christmas book takes place at Christmastime, but its tone, story and subject matter have nothing to do with the season. It provides perfect cover when the Noël nags accuse you of being a holiday poop.