The world is so full of hate right now, with no signs of stopping anytime soon. From imbeciles claiming to be Muslims, and killing innocent people in the name of their God. To men that are running for key leadership positions in the USA, and creating animosity and segregation just as Hitler did to the Jews back in WW11. All of this fighting and killing is terrible.
As witches, we have been abolished for such a long period in history that we understand rejection, and having to practice our beliefs in private. While witches are not publicly burnt at the stake in England, witches are still hunted and killed in many parts of the world, as we often report our news section.
As a witch, it is important to feel connected and accepted in our world and our community. Just know that you are loved, no matter what your background or your tradition.
Do as you will.
It is true that witches do not celebrate Christmas. It has no relevance to our witches calendar, otherwise known as “The Wheel of the Year“. We celebrate Yule if we are living in the northern hemisphere or Litha if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.
What I celebrate is that time of the year when family and friends endeavor to give a little more of themselves to others. That time where positive energy seems to outweigh the negative and my Grandma invites all the widowed old people to dinner.
Common Questions on Witches & Christmas:
Yes, We send out holiday cards and enjoy receiving holiday cards.
I send out cards for Yule, Seasons Greetings, Yuletide Blessings, Happy Holidays, Peace on Earth and so on. I just don’t send out Christmas Cards with the manger scene on them … O’ and yes we also enjoy receiving cards. Even Christmas cards. Most are sent with the holiday spirit and we all enjoy getting something personal from friends and family.
Yes many Pagans have Santa too.
Our children believe in magick so why wouldn’t we enjoy having an Elf dressed in a red suite, who is all jolly and good, leave our children gifts too? Santa Claus (not so much St. Nicholas) but the one from the 1863 story The Night Before Christmas, with the red suit, pipe, reindeer, sled full of toys from the magick bag who lives at the North Pole. Yes, we have Santa Claus.
Yes, we all enjoy a day or two of feasting.
The whole big holiday dinner with a big roasted turkey, ham or lamb with vegetables and sauces. Eating rich sweet treats and desserts of fruity cakes and nuts until you cant breath and fall asleep watching TV. Yes, we do that too.
Yes, we all like presents.
We still do the whole family gift exchange and gifts from Santa on the 25th. So we are actually a day of gifting ahead of the game.
Decorating for the Holidays?
Yes, Pagans decorate their homes for the holiday.
There are a few of us who have been known to decorate to the extreme. I am into anything red, green, gold, silver and sparkly myself. We all like to decorate our homes, the yard, trees and so on. We do the whole holiday lights with ornaments, holly, mistletoe, tinsel, baubles, strings of popcorn and candy canes. We even do a few light shows that could put Broad Way to shame. It is the fun and excitement of the season and how cool we can decorate.
Some of us call them Christmas Trees, some say Yule Trees.
But you would be hard pressed to see a difference in its appearance. Pagans decorated their trees with twinkling lights and holiday decorations that represent our personal beliefs. We use a evergreen tree, yes even artificial to celebrated the Winter Solstice, (Dec. 21st) , the day of the year that the Sun begins its ascent in the sky, thereby ushering a fertile time of planting and bountiful harvests. Hence, the evergreen tree represents eternal life. The tree being used this time of year is a very Pagan tradition.
Yule Trees are covered with lights (originally candles) , ornaments, garlands and tinsel. We top our tree with fairies, ornaments and even stars. Not as the star of Bethlehem, but the Star of our faith the Pentagram a positive symbol of our faith.
Do Witches, Wiccans, Pagans celebrate Christmas?
No. We don’t celebrate Christmas.
We celebrate and respect the seasons within this time of year. We enjoy the holidays as a time of spreading peace, love and joy unto all the world. We celebrate our personal traditions and practices within our own religious and spiritual understandings. We do not celebrate December 25th as the anniversary of the birth of the son of god called Jesus.
We do celebrate Yule, December 21st, Winter Solstice as the birth of the Sun God. It is a time of the Turning of the Wheel. It is also a time of family, exchanging gifts, decorating trees, being with friends and family, sharing meals and hoping for true peace and love throughout the world.
Just remember that it is better to respect other’s holidays, even though they rarely respect ours.
Have a New Year overflowing with magick.