#Blogmas Yule Sabbat is here.

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Gather ye fellow witches and pagans, it’s the Winter Solstice, or better known Yule. From the German word Jul. Pronouced as Ewe-Elle. This year Yule is 22nd December until 2nd January.

The solstice is the signal that life and light is beginning to return, halfway through the darkest times, and come Imbolc 2nd Feb the first stirrings of life can be seen. It’s a time to celebrate!!

The Festival of Rebirth and The Return of the Sun

We celebrate the eventual end of the longest night, we realise now the dark is defeated with the Return of the Sun, there comes the return of light, hope and promises. Now is the time The Goddess gives birth to the Sun/Sun God. The Sun begins to wax, get stronger and stronger, which in turn means the days grow longer. All that is hidden will begin to emerge

The Oak King and The Holly King
The old ones have stories and tales of the two warring kings. They rule a season each. There is the Holly King who rules over the darkest parts of the year which ranges from Midsummer solstice to Yule, he is God of the Waning Year.

At Yule he is defeated, and gives his life to the young light Oak King, God of the Waxing Year and his twin, who rules over the lightest parts of the year, which ranges from Yule to Midsummer. Both rule for half of the year, both fight for the love of the Goddess and both give up their life force for the well-being of the land. In truth, they are one.

Yule

Is truly a time of celebrating, feasting and being together. Knowing you’ve survived the bleakest times and the light is returning, means more feasting is allowed, hence the big Christmas dinner. And our Yule tree is no different to a Christmas tree either, it’s how the tradition starred, deep in pagan roots.

Evergreens represent everlasting life which is why us pagans use them. Traditionally they would be hung around doorways and windows. And of course each one has a symbolism of its own. Do you know what they are? You may be surprised that all your Christmas traditions are actually Pagan Magick.


Mistletoe
A plant deeply steeped in pagan history and revered by the Druids, this is the healer and protector. It is carefully cut to ensure it never touches the earth. The magical properties it has from it lives between the worlds, between sky/heaven and earth. The white berries of mistletoe represent the fertile white semen of the life-giving male. Bet you didnt know thats why we kiss under it?!


Holly
Another evergreen of protection, I mean it’s spikes say protection all over!! The holly’s spiky bristles are believed to repel unwanted spirits, and unwanted attacks from everything else too. Back in the old days newborn babies used to be sprinkled with ‘holly water’, water in which holly had been soaked, especially potent if left under a full moon overnight. Holly is sacred to Holle, the Germanic underworld goddess, and symbolizes everlasting life, goodwill and potent life energy, as most red things do! Its red berries of this holly represent feminine blood.

Together, mistletoe and holly represent the Sacred Marriage at this time of year with the re-birth of the Sun/Son. Again this is why you often see these adorning your Yule wreaths and Decorations.

Ivy
Evergreen symbol of immortality and resurrection, and once again used for Christmas and yet no one knows why. Well as it growes into a spiral, this symbol reminds us of reincarnation and rebirth. Sacred one to God Osiris, where His death and resurrection was a central theme in Egyptian religion. Sacred also to Dionysys, god of vegetation, blossoming and the Return of Spring.


Pine
Its branches bring healing and joy to the home, and this is the Traditional tree we all choose to adorn our homes. We decorate it with representatives of lives, hopes, dreams, and honour our ancestors. It’s why our decorations are traditionally Green, for life, Red for feminine, White for masculine, Gold for the God and Silver for the Goddess.

Yule Log

Well it never used to be chocolate, rather it would be a lot from the previous year, that would be lit, and kept alight until Yule is over. Modern Yule logs can be logs made to hold tea lights or of course eat a chocolate one.

However you celebrate, I hope it’s a truly magickal blessed time for you all.

#Blogmas The British Craft House Competition

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Before I even posted any blog posts about the new selling platform #TheBritishCraftHouse I was entering their 12 days of Christmas competitions on twitter.

And omg I won day 9. The competition spanned over Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and I won, I still can’t quite believe it.

I thought it was just one prize. But oh no no no, it’s a few and they are all so darling too.

A little bit of everything a girl could ever want.

1, Imogen’s Imagination

From this delightful seller I got a cute Tartan bow. It’s super Christmassy for me, without being too obvious. A Christmas day must have for me! Find her here

2, Lou Lou & Reg

A cute Wooden Christmas decoration to display for years and years. Handpainted and definitely loved. Find them here

3, Vintage By Design

As a Manchester born and bred lass and even a username of sirenmoonbee, these bees were a welcome sight. They are so precious. Find them here

4, The Little Card Store

A must for all Kitty lovers, a perfect handmade Christmas card. I know exactly who needs this. Find them here

5, Fran’s Crafts

A sunny sunflower brooch that will brighten any outfit, and any mood. Super bright and cheerful. Find them here

6, Max Pring Jewellery

Gingerbread men are synonymous with Christmas, and he’s the sweetest treat!! What a delight to wear. Find them here

7, Garden Party

For the bake off wannabes, get Christmas dinner cooked up a storm while looking like the most chic sophicasted baker. Find them here

8, The Secret Wardrobe

Simply chic silver drop earrings, a must have for any special occasion, I will be wearing them Christmas day. Find them here

9, Elegant Wyvern

As a wire wrapper myself in former days, I am in awe at the skill of this layered ring with rose quartz. What a beauty. Find them here

I’m feeling very very spoilt. And thank you for all of this. I saw all the other days prizes and they were like this, multiple shops all supplying such amazing goodies, and to do so many days worth as well, I’m truly impressed. I have found and saved so many shops for future purchases too.

Go check them out The British Craft House

#Blogmas 10 gifts for her #Firebox

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Firebox have all the things you never realised you just have to have!!

And let’s kick off with

1, Hold the Door Doormat

Game of Throne fans will get the pun!! £24.99 pricey but cute.

2, Spreadable Gin Set

Love toast but need a gin hit too? I have tried the whiskey version. £14.99

3, BeetleJuice Powerbank

Juice up the phone but make it horror, cute Beetle Juice power bank £14.99

4, Moon Lamp

A personal favourite of mine, a lunar light to give atmosphere and romance to any room £19.99

5, Bluetooth Eye Mask

I always listen to crime podcasts as I drift off to sleep, but I also tangle myself up with wires off the headphones. This would solve that. £29.99

6, Gin Tastes Of Christmas

Enjoying the mulled gin on the Christmas markets, now you can enjoy at home too. £27.99

7, World’s Smallest Terrarium

No green thumb required, but have a no fuss teeny tiny terrarium £6.99

8, White Noise Sound Pebble

Drift off to sleep, feel Zen with gentle white noise sounds coming from this cute pebble £29.99

9, Pixie Tears Gin

Someone has seriously upset tinkerbell, she’s been crying for days. They captured their essence and bottled it just for you. £39.99

10, KiiPix Instant Photo Printer

Turn your smartphone into a printer, print off vintage shots £39.99

#Blogmas 10 gifts for him #Firebox

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Starting with the boys this time, Firebox is a feast of the daft things you can buy. I’ve stopped here many a time, for Unicorn tears, Gummy bear light and the like.

1, Brick Yourself

Prices start at £34.99 For these personalised mini figures, have one for each member of the family.

2, Star Wars Mystery Box

Price is £34.99 but value is over £40 For all your star wars fans, a mystery box of goodies.

3, Incohearent

A game of stupid phases that you have to decipher. I know a few peeps who will love this. £19.99

4, Star Theatre Planetarium Flux

Pricey at £149.99 but it’s a dazzling way to display all the stars on your ceiling.

5, Brewdog Ipa Beer Making Kit

Nevermind men, I’d love this myself, and I have a female friend that would love this too. A gift of beer, how cool £39.99

6, Peanut butter and Jam Bourbon

Well, it’s certainly different isn’t it. £39.99 but what a gift!!

7, World’s Smallest Rubik Cube

Doesn’t take up much space, will probably annoy them for hours. And only £9.99

8, Dinosaur Planters

Have a rawsome planter with cute dinosaurs. My daughter has the T Rex at her house. £29.99 each one.

9, Game Of Thrones Monopoly

Winter is definitely coming…. grab the family and get stuck into the board games, we do every year. £31.99

10, Cannabis Gin

Unwind from a hectic Christmas day with a G&T with a twist. Crafted in Amsterdam £32.99

#Blogmas 10 Unique gifts for him #TheBritishCraftHouse

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Couldn’t leave the special men in your life out, so diving into The British Craft House I collected my favourite 10 for this gift guide.

1, BeachStreetArt

Cute pebble art arranged into his favourite pastime. Sea fishing complete with seagull. £39.00

2, SurreyWoodsmiths

This one Blows me away, how intricate and skilful. Mandela to help focus the mind, a yoga must have. £80.00

3, JustKirstySculptureAndGifts

My very favourite thing is Moon gazy hares, and this is a large pewter one. Stunning £285.00

4, SilverbirdDesigns

Sterling silver Wave textured cuff links the perfect workwear or occasional wear accessories. £50.00

5, ConwayStamping

Personalised carabiner for the climber in your life. Have children’s names stamped on them. £8.00

6, jcudesigns

Personalised keyring to keep things organised and neat. £12.00

7, thatgirlingreen

Keep that beard in check, well groomed and trim. Everything you’d need. £28.00

8, MCPots18

Yes Dave, where’s the rave?? Unusual mug which I just love. £10.00

9, OscarAndToots

Personalised Vegan Faux Leather notebook. Just to capture all your thoughts and feelings inside. £29.50

10, TheTicketybooCoo

Who doesn’t love Highland coos?? These are stunning in solid sterling silver £78.00

#Blogmas 10 Unique gifts for her #TheBritishCraftHouse

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New for this Year I’m featuring the Fabulous The British Craft House. Which has even more amazing artisans to feature.

Here’s my top 10 for her.

1, Larryware

Beautiful wooden Christmas decorations, with striking red robins on them. Hand painted and so unusual I had to add them first. £6.00

2, MollyGDesigns

What a striking statement piece, beautifully soustached with a gorgeous goldstone focal point. £68.50

3, OYPTjewellery

Delightful and cheerful unicorn pin badges, instantly brightens up bags and jackets. £10.00

4, VintageCandy

A personalised silver plated fork perfect for your slice of cake this Christmas. £16.00

5, ItsPersonalGB

A gift of organisation which I for one would love, a hanger for keys, coats and leads. £15.00

6, MaggieGeeEmbroidery

A perfect gift of a hobby and craft. Absolute beginners embroidery kit. £14.99

7, Joysofglass

Absolutely bewitching Witches made out of stained glass, making them gorgeous sun catchers £13.00

8, DewDropCards&Crafts

I know a few unicorn mad ladies who would happily home thus gorgeous whimsical creature. £29.95

9, ElizabethLarsenKintwear

Beautifully crafted cowl in Highland Merino Silk. Just the ticket for this weather. £45.00

10, TheTwistedFelter

Omg!! He’s the cutest thing ever, and he has wings!! A flying pig, what more could you ever want? £26.00

#Blogmas 10 unique gifts for him #Etsy

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We’ve done the girls off Etsy, so it’s only fair to do the Men in your life. Show them how special and unique they are.

Etsy is a fabulous place to ship, to find that extra special gift that says I love you. Support your small businesses this Christmas.

1, ProperPickles

I couldn’t resist, how sweet are these bums!! And it’s very unusual, so safe to bet no one else would have bought them. £11.99

2, CHwoodenART

Keep everything safe and in one place, with a personalised touch. £29.18

3, PrestigeDecanters

Love strongman as much as I do? This is the perfect decanter to mark this competition. Pop your favourite whiskey in. £118.95

4, rcornejojewelry

Unique Deer and Meteorite ring for your special man. It doesn’t get more unique than this. £47.54

5, PanacheCycle

Got a MTB lover in your life, a cute and funny t-shirt showing their sport £22.00

6, LabelImprints

Black Lamb Skin RFID magnetic money clip, keep it all organised and protected. £23.75

7, JoyfulTidingsBridal

A huge bundle set of 7 duffel bags, all beautifully embroidered with your monogram or initials. Perfect for that frequent flyer, business trips or gym bunny. £227.60

8,Valdo

A mixture of Leather and Wood make this a truly unique special watch. Get it engraved for an extra touch. £25.57

9, TOTEMJewelry

Chunky leather and sterling silver lion head bracelet. Durable and hard wearing. £257.73

10, GeorgiaOkraGirl

Keep their beard in check, and perfectly groomed. £27.76

#Blogmas 10 Unique Gifts for Her #Etsy

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It’s that time again, something I’ve enjoyed doing for the last two years, are my unique gift guides.

Focusing on small businesses on Etsy in this guide, featuring artisans and bespoke pieces.

1, Rindlewaves

Features a unique Soundwave poster, or prints too. Capture that song that means the world to you, wedding song, favourite song you can customise it to your colours, your song. It’s truly a unique piece. £55.51

2, CustomBobblehadsEtsy

Who doesn’t want a custom bobble head? I mean how cute is this. Create yourself and put on your partners desk at work. How could they not want to see this. £54.72

3, Woodprintz

Get a wedding or holiday, or anniversary photo printed onto wood, create a beautiful unique focal piece of art for your home. £21.00

4, Christopherjamesuk

A delicate 9ct Gold necklace that features the names of your family. Wear them close to your heart. £142.99

5, MakeMeAComic

How cool is this, customise a story board of your epic love story in comic style. A must for comic lovers like me. £130.00

6, MayaJambalaya

How cute are these? Teeny tiny mushrooms and lichen captured in this whimsical fairy piece. Nothing is prettier than mother nature. £23.50

7, WearTheWorldLabel

Christmas Pyjamas are a must have, but instead of classic Primark ones, opt for silk for that luxurious touch, and know that yours are extra special. £45.00

8, BoulsWorthFineMetals

Thick aluminium hammered into a Celtic swirl, strong and long lasting hair barette. £24.99

9, CraftedCreated

Hands off my gin, make it known it’s yours and yours alone, with a personalised glass. Chin chin.£24.99

10, Facaldoflowers

Perfect Christmas hair piece, and on Christmas and wear with confidence. Ditch the predictable jumper and dress up instead. £16.00

Top 5 Hippy Christmas Gifts

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A slightly different post, but as it’s nearly the run up to Christmas, I thought about all the hippy related things I have myself, and what things to buy for hippies too.

So enjoy this cobbled together Christmas wish list of this ole hippie.

I love this first one, and I definitely felt it last year. As I was meant to get one before last Christmas, but it ended up being afterwards instead. Still the best present ever!!

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Something that’s my entire life line!! Is my walking stick, and I always have a fold up version, so I can choose when and how I use it.

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I used a normal pillow between my knees, but with hindsight, I think I would of been better off with this instead.

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You will need to have some humour while recovering, and make lots of notes too. So these come in handy.

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I fall in to the category of a Custom Made hip replacement, so with your bony pens, write down appointments, physio plans or medication taken in this.

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Just a collection of what I’d buy myself, or other hippy friends. I always wear my own hippy tops to appointments and physio sessions. A stick is usually vital, so I suggest buying a pretty one. And I make endless notes and doodle. The pillow is a want of my own, I should of bought one.

And of course it’s not complete without my own Tragically Hip Top, that I personally wear. Comes in various colours, and in t-shirts too.

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