Why Does Santa Claus Give Coal to Bad Kids? | Mental Floss

BY MATT SONIAK ISTOCK/BONCHAN The tradition of giving misbehaving children lumps of fossil fuel predates the Santa we know, and is also associated with St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, and Italy’s La Befana. Though there doesn't seem to be one specific legend or history about any of these figures that gives a concrete reason for doling out … Continue reading Why Does Santa Claus Give Coal to Bad Kids? | Mental Floss

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to the USA

From us to you and yours Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. A of trick I have used for years to keep my guests happier with no cross words between any of them is before you add the cooking sage to anything ask that it is blessed to clear negativity out of everyone who eats it. I … Continue reading Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to the USA

Quarter Days and Pagan Fire Festivals

byPatti Wigington In some modern Pagan traditions, including some forms of NeoWicca, the eight sabbats or holidays are divided into two groups: the fire festivals, or cross quarter days, and the quarter festivals. Some belief systems celebrate only one group — either the quarter or cross quarter days — and others mark all eight each … Continue reading Quarter Days and Pagan Fire Festivals

18 Simmering Potpourri Recipes To Make Your Home Smell Heavenly BY VANESSA BEATY

One of my favorite things about fall is simmering potpourri. I use potpourri throughout the year but the scents of fall and the holidays wafting through my home just really set the holiday mood. If you don’t simmer potpourri for the holidays, you should and I have found 18 wonderfully scented recipes to get you … Continue reading 18 Simmering Potpourri Recipes To Make Your Home Smell Heavenly BY VANESSA BEATY

9 Winter Solstice Superstitions & What They Mean That Will Prepare You For Dec. 21 By ALLI HOFF KOSIK

  Hugh Pinney/Getty Images News/Getty Images I'm sure your top concern as we approach the upcoming winter solstice may be just how many more minutes of sun you're going to get during your commute each day, but the truth is that the event is steeped in history and tradition that goes far beyond our modern taste for … Continue reading 9 Winter Solstice Superstitions & What They Mean That Will Prepare You For Dec. 21 By ALLI HOFF KOSIK