WC Podcast #13: The Old Magic of Christmas with Linda Raedisch

We talk about all kinds of old European and pagan legends that circulate this time of year around solestice and Yule in addition to the standard Christmas stories.

Linda Raedisch‘s book The Old Magic of Christmas: Yuletide Traditions for the Darkest Days of the Year is a wonderful collection of stories, legends, and lore about the Christmas season that we don’t normally hear. Each chapter is organized around a different cluster of stories like elves, witches, reindeer, ghosts, etc.

Here’s a picture of a Cert (Czech Christmas devil) in action. He’s hard to tell apart from a Krampus, yeah:

A child reacts to a reveler dressed as a devil at the Old Town Square in Prague, on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day. Revelers dressed as Saint Nicholas and a devil approached children on the streets as part of a tradition to determine if they had behaved well during the past year and depending on their answers, would receive presents, sweets or coal accordingly. (David W Cerny/Reuters)


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[I’ll post our conversation about a few other topics here, but I want to get the podcast up and running first.]

Please check out the Christmas Podcast Network for other wonderful Christmas podcasts. This week, I played a bit from Hallmark and Jess.

… and if you enjoy my site, consider buying me a coffee. It helps support the contest, podcast, and to get all the cards ultimately uploaded and searchable.

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4 comments

  1. I love your podcast! We listen to it in our homeschool and we learn a ton! Can you please tell me who sang “The Boar’s Head Carol” in your latest episode? I’ve searched the show notes and I deeply apologize if I’ve overlooked it. It’s is so beautifully sung! And—the Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories episode was flat-out fabulous! Thank you.

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