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Yule Countdown: Books to Read

By December 7, 2013

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If you're looking for some great books to celebrate the Yule season here in the Northern Hemisphere, why not curl up in front of a nice warm fire with one of these ten Yule-themed titles? Ten Books to Read at Yule. Whether you're a kid or an adult, looking for a short story or some history and folklore, there's something for everyone.

Speaking of books, Yule is a great time to give books as gifts to the kiddoes on your list. Be sure to check out our list of Books for Pagan and Wiccan Kids for some ideas!

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June 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm
(1) William Hood says:

I just wanted to mention that the Germanic holiday Yule was not equivalent to the solstice, neither historically nor for some modern traditions. The solstice was the beginning of Yule, but the holiday was several days to almost a month long and it was not ABOUT the solstice. This isn’t meant to invalidate others’ practices, but to point out a cultural and historical fact about Yule that tends to get ignored.

December 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm
(2) Lianne says:

I’ve been reading a lot of Winter Solstice-themed books lately, including a few off this list.

The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas was a really interesting look at the background of some of the traditions that exist today around the solstice and Christmas. I think this one is especially good for families that celebrate both the Solstice and Christmas in their household, as it really focuses on the similarities between them.

Also, The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales of the Winter Solstice was really enjoyable. I actually liked the introduction the best, but the stories were nice.

One book on this list I do NOT recommend is The Winter Solstice by Ellen Jackson. I felt talked down to the whole time I read it, and not because it’s a kids’ book. It felt very much to me like it was talking about interesting savages from long ago, as compared to modern people who celebrate Christmas and not silly things like the solstice! It just bothered me. I did really like the Cherokee story in there about the evergreen tree, though.

My full reviews are on my blog, if you want even more of my opinions! :)

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