Whether viewed as a midwinter observance of the Winter Solstice or a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, for millennia cultures have honoured the darkest days of the year with lights, foods and festivities. Presenting an around-the-world tour of ancient Christmas celebrations, Pagan Solstice customs and magical seasonal plants, Ellen Evert Hopman shares lore, recipes, rituals and crafts you can make as a family activity to enliven your Yuletide observance. She explains how to perform Winter Solstice divinations and cook traditional foods and drinks such as Wassail and Elizabethan gingerbread cookies. And she looks in depth at the medicinal and magical properties of the many herbs, barks and berries associated with the Christmas and Yuletide season such as Frankincense and Myrrh, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Hibiscus, Bayberry and many more.
344pp, 228 x 152, Paperback, 2023, RRP £25.00