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I’ll be adding more to this page all the time. Your suggestions for links are welcome.

MORE ON THE ANCIENT ORIGINS OF THE SEASON

FOR KIDS, BY KIDS

EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

UNIQUE TO THE WEB

SONGS, POEMS, PRAYERS & STORIES

CHRISTMAS

HANUKKAH AND KWANZAA

WINTER SOLSTICE/YULE RITUALS

HOLIDAYS THE YEAR ‘ROUND


MORE ON THE ANCIENT ORIGINS OF THE SEASON

Circle Sanctuary Winter Solstice Information
Numerous articles by Selena Fox on the holiday season’s origins as well as many creative ways to celebrate.

Celebrating Yule
From Waverly Fitzgerald’s wonderful School of the Seasons.

Christmas Traditions in France and Canada
This is a gem…a collaboration between French and Canadian researchers and production teams. Includes lots of info on the origins of all aspects of holiday celebration.

Yule in Iceland
Genuine fun. A fresh look at ancient and modern traditions (of which there seem to be multitudes!). Lots of wonderful folklore here.

The Holidays for Asatru
This page describes all holidays for Asatru, the Norse Pagan religion…it has a lengthy description of Yule.

Winter Solstice Celebrations
A whole compendium of cultural and historic info from Religious Tolerance.org.


FOR KIDS, BY KIDS

Kids Turn Central Christmas Corner
Wendy Hogan has compiled scads of kid-appropriate Christmas (but only Christmas) activities and links in numerous categories.

Family Education Network’s Winter Solstice Activities
Fun quizzes, build your own backyard Stonehenge (or sunwheel, great project!) and more about various sun god mythologies.


EVENTS, ACTIVITIES

Shamanic Circles
Shares solstice plans and ceremonies worldwide.

festivals.com
Here’s a central place to check for seasonal events.

The Christmas Revels
Performances this year take place in ten cities. Highly recommended.

Toys for Tots
The official national site, although I’ve seen many local sites as well. You can even buy and donate here online through links to eToys and Amazon.com.


UNIQUE TO THE WEB

Ancient Scottish Site — Solstice Webcam
Fantastic! Like Newgrange in Ireland, the 5,000 year-old chambered tomb called Maeshowe in Orkney, Scotland, marks the passage of winter solstice. Each year at winter solstice the setting sun shines through a small aperture above the entrance passage and strikes the back wall of the chamber. The sunset, as seen from within the tomb, is captured live by Webcam everyday through December and January.

Helping.org
This site also enables you to make a donation online, with a secure, centralized channel for many U.S. charities.

BeliefNet webcards
Only one card for winter solstice or yule, but some other nice images.

Send a Free Web Card
Blue Mountain Arts covers all the holiday bases, including Solstice and Yule (use the search feature to get to them).

123Greetings
Send free animated or musical postcards to friends and loved ones.


SONGS, POEMS, PRAYERS & STORIES

Willow Firesong’s Pagan Yule Carol Collection
Extensive…Dozens of ’em (six versions of The Holly and the Ivy alone!) or download the entire collection.

Ring Out, Solstice Bells 
I’m no Jethro Tull fan, but the lyric is rather lovely! From a Jethro Tull music archive at Rutgers.

Silent Night Museum
Here’s more than you ever knew about the origins of “Silent Night”.


CHRISTMAS
This section could, of course, dwarf (or should I say elf?) the rest of the listing. With a few good starting points, you’re on your way. You can find all the Santa and shopping sites on your own.

The History Channel’s History of Christmas
A good overall history, world traditions, history of Santa,and some interesting 20th century Christmas historical moments.

Adbusters Buy Nothing Christmas
This forum enables people to share their ideas for gift-giving that doesn’t involve spending lots of money.

Keeping Christmas
How the holiday festival season was celebrated in Elizabethan England

A Victorian Christmas
The Victorians took Christmas to its heights. Here’s a site that tells how to celebrate 19th century style.


OTHER HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS

Chanukah on the Net
Another fine site about Chanukah, this one has lots of information, as well as a design-it-yourself dreidel and a 3-d animated spinning dreidel.

Hanukkah – Festival of Lights
An indepth, illustrated guide by ORT.

Hanukkah, from JOI
The basic info from the Jewish Outreach Institute.

How to Celebrate Kwanzaa
A very complete reference to all things Kwanzaa.


WINTER SOLSTICE/YULE RITUALS

Circle Sanctuary’s Solstice Planning Guide
Tons of ideas for creating your own ritual or observance with family and/or friends.

Design Your Own Ritual
If you’re thinking about creating a new ritual for your personal holiday celebration, here’s good general advice written by Dianne T. DeSha from the Goddess Home Page.


HOLIDAYS THE YEAR ROUND

Earth Calendar.net
A daybook of holidays and celebrations around the world.

Holidays and Festivals in Italy
American ex-patriate Dan Hostetler has compiled a database of literally thousands of cultural events throughout Italy.