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Yule the Wild North
December 2, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm$40
Yule, the Wild North
Saturday, December 2 · 4 – 6:30pm
In our first of 2 Yuletide gatherings, we’ll delve into the Wintertide of yesteryear in the wild North, then enjoy crafting and baked goods!
Join us for Yule: The Wild North at The Felton Mercantile!
Let us gather to explore how those in northern Europe marked the dark, challenging days of winter with light, festivals, and rituals leading up to the winter solstice and the return of sunlight. Who were (or are) the elves of old, and why did they require sacrifice? How did Halloween lead to Christmas? What does Odin have to do with winter merriment? Find out on this journey through the Germanic and Nordic tapestry of history, folklore, and festivals.
For centuries, cultures have celebrated the winter solstice for it heralded the rebirth of the sun and assured the promise of warmer days, more light, and a new growing season. Marking this celestial event with ritual and celebration in the northern hemisphere may be as old as humankind. These 2 Yuletide gatherings are designed to offer as much breadth and depth to the season as possible.
Your presenter is local “wild authoress,” Kellie (K.M.) Rice. Her talk will offer insight and context for many traditions whose echoes survive in our modern Christmas and Wintertide celebrations.