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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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rhubarb

A memory of spring...

The omnivores at New Old Tradition Halloween sunk their teeth into the sweet and succulent oven barbecued chicken legs. A tasty treat we took between our fingers and ripped apart with our teeth, connecting us quickly to our primal roots. We are thankful for the tender meat which nourished us and hope that the humble preparation was enough  to honor the sacrifice of the beasts.

However, Revelers who abstain from the consumption of animal life should not despair… because in this case, like so many others, the secret was in the sauce… and the sauce in this case revealed a connection to the seasons, to simple technology barely changed for centuries, and to the discerning palates of previous generations.

Recipe for Victorian Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce to follow…

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Effort

From greater effort comes greater rewards.

Central to New Old Traditions is The Feast. We come together to sing, reflect, and celebrate while along the way we awaken our senses through the food we make for each other. Indeed, the eating of foods made by ourselves and shared with each other brings necessity, importance, and giving together in an instant. And so, ALL of our senses… those that we use to understand the world (taste, smell, touch, etc.) and those we use to place ourselves in it (connection, expressions, thanks) are nourished from the moment we arrive to the warm home, bearing our covered dishes, equally excited for the taste and smells of what others brought as we are to reveal our own contributions.

At New Old Halloween 2009, the meal came together as a well coursed production of warming fall dishes. Details, after the jump.

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