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Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth

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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  846 ratings  ·  38 reviews
There's just something magical about the Yuletide season, no matter where you live or who you are. As bright candlelight mingles with the smells of pine and warm cookies and we perform our yearly rituals of song and family gatherings, the spirit of peace and goodwill seems to reach the heart of even the most cynical Scrooge.

In the pages of Yule, Dorothy Morrison presents a
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Paperback, 198 pages
Published September 8th 2000 by Llewellyn Publications (first published September 1st 2000)
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Aria
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this book made me feel less-than-jolly.

It quickly became apparent to me that Ms. Morrison uses the words Yule and Christmas interchangeably, which is absolutely not the same holiday at all. While they may have been originated from the same tradition originally they are not the same holiday now. When reading Yule trivia, I don't expect to read about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

In the very first paragraph, Dorothy takes the reader through a quick lesson in the history of the evol
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Heather Purri
Jan 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Huge historical inaccuracies. A lot of holiday books have some outdated and disproven information, but Morrison doesn't even have the slightest grasp of history. This book is only useful for lighting your fireplace. ...more
Ashley
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
If my main goals in celebrating Yule were to make crafts & bake, I'd have adored this book. AY-dored. We'd have run off to Hawaii, vacationed together and then made friendship bracelets while drinking fruity drinks with umbrellas.

Except the problem was, I was looking for a book to guide me & serve as a backbone/inspiration for celebrating my first Yule... and this wasn't it.
The only section I really felt I learned anything from was a few pages about cleaning rituals and small incantations/blessi

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Michael
Unfortunately, I didn't read the reviews until after ordering the book, but at least I was able to verify firsthand the generalizations, misconceptions, and made up information for myself. It's a strange book, and I can't figure out exactly who the target audience is. Maybe it's to help wicca celebrate Christmas if they feel guilty about being too nontraditional. I just found it sad and depressing that a Wiccan High Priestess and founder of a coven would talk so much about Christmas and leave ou ...more
Melankalia
Dec 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: spirituality
I was very disappointed by this book. The historical information is vague (and a lot of it weirdly christian oriented) and the crafts are nearly all things I could see fashioned by 1st or 2nd graders.
Wendy S.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Not the best, not the worst. I have other books on Yule that I find much better written and informative.
AnandaTashie
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, non-fic
This book goes over many Yule / Christmas / festival of lights / winter customs and origins. The information may or may not be accurate (:D), but it's interesting to glance at the topic. Much of the book is devoted to crafts - decorations, gifts, etc - which was quite a bit fluff.

I liked the idea of making bird baths from three sizes of upside down terra cotta pots and a saucer on the top, using silicone sealer to connect them.

Also, for my homeschool kids' holiday party, the "apple roll race"
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Allison
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: anf, pagan
I enjoyed some of the history that Dorothy Morrison provided, and the folklore behind the celebration of Yule, but I have to give it a low rating because of I cannot give credence to many of the items she touts as facts.

As a librarian, it is a huge offense to publish a "nonfiction" book with no regard for backing up your resources. When I went to find additional information about several of the items in this book, I found NO other references to them anywhere. Considering I have some idea of how
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Patricia Gulley
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this book for all the explanations of all the things we use to celebrate Winter Equinox holidays, as well as all the other holidays that are celebrated at this time. Yule was very interesting, and how all religions 'borrowed' from each other so as not to overwhelm the 'converted'. It has short descriptions of celebrations by country too. Well worth having as a reference and entertainment for kids, but adults should find it worth their time too. ...more
Amanda Goldben
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sabbats
Has a great review of the history of the season, some of the particular traditions for different locations. Also include great mini rituals, decor ideas, LOTS of DIY ideas for gifts and decor. Overall VERY pleased with this book and will be utilizing pieces of it into our Yule preparations and traditions. Not to mention my BOS!! Definitely a good buy being newer to the craft and looking to expand my personal library. Oh and Llewellyn has ENTIRE series of these for entire wheel of the year.
Patricia
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
Morrison wraps the greenery around the myth, legend, lore, and spells of the winter solstice. Then she hangs her holly on the recipes, decorations, and meanings behind some of the most overlooked aspects of what is now the commercialized season of getting. It will warm your cocoa, stuff your tree with joy, and lift your holiday spirits as the meaning she gives the season takes shape on each page.
Phoenix.
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this history of the holidays in the beginning of this book and the different days of celebration at the end of the book. While I liked the recipes and crafts in the book, I thought they were not unique enough. I feel like I could find these anywhere online.

All in all, I give it a three star rating.
Roslyn
Dec 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Nice book but the research is inaccurate. Overly simplified history of the holidays. Then the rest is about how she has tried to make Yule meaningful for her family. Some okay celebration ideas and lots of silly chants.
Swankivy
Aug 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great book on the lore, recipes, and rituals of this time of year.
Dana Wright
Great book to learn more about the holiday of Yule.
Minnie
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought it was a neat book and discussed many different aspects of the holiday and gave you a lot of options
Katherine
I'm pretty sure I could have written this myself, based off of research conducted online. ...more
Jacquita
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very informative.
Content presented nicely but with typos.
Dwayna Paplow
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Very artsy-crafty. I would've rather had more history and less projects. ...more
Juli Anna
Nov 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I love that this book is 90% activities and recipes and only about 10% pagan folklore. Some of the recipes and crafts are quite dated and corny, though.
Chas
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Full of Inaccuracies at the Beginning

I wanted a simple book to share with my kids so that they could easily explain to their friends what holiday we (Wiccans) celebrate in December. However, I’ve never been able to finish the book because every time I start, I get stuck on some factual inaccuracy. Last year I found the chapters on all the Yule symbols that been appropriated by Christianity and their origins fascinating... until I looked them up. Freya, Odin, and at least one other Norse god(des
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Elizabeth
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pagan-books
Not impressed. I had failed to read the reviews for this book, before ordering it for my library, but I gave it a shot, to form my own opinion of it. Not impressed. Some of the crafts, I could have found on Pinterest, and they didn't really seem all that Pagan/Wiccan to me to begin with. The author seemed to switch Christmas and Yule out quite a bit, which was annoying. I will be honest, I celebrate both holidays, the former more for family togetherness and presents, than the Christian context t ...more
Chromium Kitty
If you're new to paganism or are trying to learn about pagan practices, put this book down! You won't learn anything from this piece of trash!

From nearly the first sentence I could tell this was a pile of misinformation. The author seems enamored of Christmas and tries to use it interchangeably with pagan Solstice and Yule briefs and practices and I was frankly disgusted by that. She also got many of the origin stories either mostly wrong or entirely wrong. Mainly when it involved Norse deities
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D. R.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a really good and very basic book to begin with. If you've been through a few Yule's or are well-researched, this might need a pass. I enjoy Dorothy Morrison for her writing style, so I picked up a copy. I didn't walk in thinking it would be factual or historically accurate. Morrison isn't known for that kind of writing. She is, however, accessible and fun. It's more recipes and craft ideas than anything and it's geared toward parents of younger children. But it's a light, breezy read that ...more
Allison
Dec 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Oh this was awful. I barely got into Chapter 2. The Pilgrims brought Santa Claus to the New World? No. They didn't celebrate Christmas.

In her glossary she has an "African" Christmas greeting. Uhm. Africa is made up of 50some countries, 2000 languages and I don't know how many cultures. It doesn't have ONE Christmas greeting.

On page 5 she writes, "Not long after the Persians caught on and began to ...[celebrate a winter festival]." And ends that paragraph with "By the end of the festival, order
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Lodane
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The 1-5 Star Review is the total of what I have to say about this book, specifically.

Caveat: This review is historical/archival in nature. 'Date read' is speculative.

This book is one of many books I have read about the occult/paganism/witchcraft. This was the readily available faith in my household as a child. Additionally, I worked for a company in this field, 2015-2016, and had to read an ocean of this stuff to do my job.
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Stella
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Other reviewers said it better. Combines Yule and Christmas, frequently intermingling the two as if they were one and the same. Tries to be inclusive, but not particularly historically accurate. Recipes and craft ideas are okay, but could find the same or better on Pinterest. Checked it out at the library for a quick read but didn't find it compelling. ...more
Maggi Harris
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the history and lore of Yule has some inaccuracies, this book was published 20 years ago. I enjoyed the recipe and gift-idea sections, though.
Denielle
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Good resource to celebrate this pagan holiday.
Keirsten Caudle
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I love the history of holidays and this one is very detailed. Takes you ALL the way back! Then goes on to talk about the different regions.
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