Counter-Currents Radio Podcast No. 511 Christmas Lore with Hwitgeard on The Writers’ BlocCounter-Currents Radio
Host Nick Jeelvy welcomed scholar and folklorist Hwitgeard back to The Writers’ Bloc to regale us with the Christmas lore of the European peoples, and it is now available for download and online listening.
Topics discussed include:
St. Nicholas and Father Christmas
Germanic and Nordic conceptions of Yule
Yule as a period, rather than a day
Yule as a time of dissolution before the reconsecration of the year
Demonic companions of St. Nicholas
The Slaughter of the Innocents
Zwarter Piet as an Odinic companion
History of the Christmas tree and the German roots of modern Christmas celebration
Jewish attitudes towards Christmas
Abundance as a revolt against winter
Food traditions around Christmas
Christmas as a quest for joy
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