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By Megan Snowe

When I began thinking about this first post for my N.O.T. monthly-ish series on the chapters of Full Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice, the first thing I thought was, “Jeez, ernski, way to pick an off time to start celebrating nature. Everything is cold and basically dormant. It gets dark at 4:30, and the freshest foods are knobby, dirt-encrusted potatoes.”

I thought that all I’d have to look at was darkness, and frankly, I’m not a night person. As we head toward the winter solstice, I just keep thinking, this is not my favorite time of year.

Well, lucky me, it turns out that Ms. Prentice has a different take.

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Runic

Time always passed... 13th or 14th century Runic Calendar found in Lapland.

It’s easy to think of the holidays as being few and far between. This perception, however, as we have seen here at These New Old Traditions, is basically false. Holidays are certainly special, but they are also plentiful. Days to mark and honor the passing year are constantly popping up—at least once a month—no matter what New Old Tradition a Reveler feels most aligned with.

Despite this abundance, These New Old Traditions is also aware that specific holidays are not the only opportunity we have to honor this special planet, and our special relationship to it. The question is: How in our crowded calendars and concrete landscapes can Revelers such as us remember to stay connected to our ordinary days?

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thanksgiving

Does this count as tradition?

As we alllll know, later this week most people in America are going to stop what they are doing and cook up a giant bird along with a pile of season-appropriate side dishes. They’ll chatter, drink, and connect themselves to the rest of their national community through parades and sports. Well, some of them will….

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Club some seals, and other ways to have an authentic Thanksgiving

How to celebrate like the Pilgrims did it. Those awful, awful Pilgrims
By Sean O’Neal November 23, 2009

Excerpted from A.V. Club Milwaukee

America has a proud history of taking its most sacred holidays and allowing shrewd marketing types to distort them beyond all recognition—as with Thanksgiving, when we celebrate the first breaking of bread between Plymouth colonists and the American Indians they eventually drove to near-extinction by stuffing ourselves with deep-fried turduckens and watching college football. But you don’t have to take part in this travesty. Here are some tips for celebrating Thanksgiving exactly like the Pilgrims that will make you a better American than everyone else.

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"Hipp, hipp, hurrah!" by Peder Severin Krøyer, 1888

At the party minds and voices swirl to the momentum of small semi-autonomous gatherings as people respond in body to one another’s stories. Some taken with the absurdity of a joke’s end allow their smile to release into cacophonous laughter, while others who have heard something terrible console with a sympathetic brow. The party is having its effect. People are expressing and listening to those who express. Beverage is being drained and food has settled the tummies. All is good.

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Frigg

Frigga Spinning the Clouds from "Myths of the Norsemen from the Eddas and Sagas" by H. A. Guerber

It’s Friday the 13th and These New Old Traditions want to celebrate. Turns out that most superstitions stating that Friday the 13th is unlucky are pretty recent conventions, but there are some theories that trace the day’s bad rep back to the Pagan Norse goddess Frigg, an important and fabulous goddess of love (she’ll show up again when we start exploring mistletoe) who was demonized as a witch by over-ambitious Christians and banished.

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The arrival of Halloween’s guest of honor is a much anticipated event in any home celebrating the New Old Halloween Tradition. This year the Hermetic Review‘s very own Molly Q, along with her wonderful roommate Angelica, took on the responsibility of transporting Jack of the Lanterns who, with the help of both Molly and Angelica, looked his absolute finest.

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