Winter Solstice Tree

Welcome to Pagan Culture’s Yuletide Ball, my Wicked Darlings. I hope you enjoyed your flight here. Did you remember to wear enough layers to keep your bits warm during the journey? Of course you did. “According to Granny Weatherwax, [witches are] ‘people what looks up’.

She didn’t explain. She seldom explained. She didn’t mean people who looked at the sky; everyone did that. She probably meant that they looked up above the everyday chores and wondered, What’s all this about? How does it work? And possibly even: Is there anything worn under the kilt? Perhaps that was why odd, in a witch, was normal…” and every normal person who has read Terry Pratchett’s Wintersmith knows a witchy woman needs no reason to share a few witty words.

Or her unfinished Winter Solstice Tree…
Don't you think the berries and flowers make this holly look sooo pretty?
This pretty holly was a present from someone who believes in my writing, and who was pretty sure I was going to curse him for taking me to the worst winter gathering in history. I forgave him though, even if one of the guests told me, “Your short story was gut-moving [Interesting choice of words, I though] but I think it would be much better if the main character didn’t practice an evil religion; people don’t like that. [Woman, I thought some more, say my Witchcraft is evil again, and I’ll show your gut and teeth some real movement].”

I’m pretty sure the look on my face, while I was thinking those moving words, was what convinced my friend he needed to get me something that would assured the future fixity of the woman’s teeth. The holly brought pretty thoughts and some smiles, too.

And while on the subject of uncanny things that go on in my head… Would you like to know the first thing that came to mind when I joined this party? I thought, This party button really reminds me of the cover of Dracula in Love by Karen Essex. Hm, I guess I’ll give away as a party favor. Yep, I will.
This is all you need to do to enter this bloody wintry giveaway:
Mandatory Entry – leave a comment with your thoughts about this post, and about people who say/do/show inappropriate things during public gatherings. Include an email address.

Extra Entries:
1. Be a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture through GFC).
2. Blog about this entry, and leave a link to the post.
3. Tweet about this entry, and leave a link to the tweet.
4. Stop by my Blog Circle, and grab a button… or three.
5. Comment on one (or all) of The Witches Yuletide Blog party posts; then come back to tell me what you liked, disliked, or absolutely loved about your visit.
* This giveaway ends December 12th at 5:13pm EST.

And because random witchy goodness seems to be the name of the game, please visit Pagan Pages Blog Hop. This cyber treasure hasn’t been around for long, but I’m already harvesting its fruits. Go on, my Wicked Luvs, do a little winter picking ;-)
Also, guess who still Getting Off Her Broom? Me! I didn’t post last week because I was on partial blogging leave. I was a little sick, too. I’m blaming it on end of semester stress and stuff... I only exercised once, for about ten minutes before my head nearly exploded. I’ve walked—I live in New York after all—but no calisthenics. I’m eating well, my weight is healthy, and I’ve been watering my hot self often ;-) *grins and does a little mental dance*


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58 comments:

  1. Slommler12/10/2011

    I am definitely a follower! 
    When someone says something inappropriate at a public gathering; I first feel embarrassment for them.  For their total ignorance has shown it's ugly face.  Then if they continue to make an ass of themselves I get angry and I usually point out to them their ignorance and ask them to keep their opinions to themselves!!
    Of course then I walk away from them because if they would continue in my presence I may really tell them off and I don't want to make an ass of myself!!  Ha!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  2. Oh - I love your Yule greenery!  So pretty - I'm a sucker for berries!  A nice 'apology' gift. 

    It's too bad that people don't check themselves before they open their mouths.  I think part of the reason some people mouth off in public gatherings is because they honestly think they will go un-challenged.  I have an aquaintance that does this.  She thinks that people will be more embarassed to challenge her than to just take what she says in stride.  People like that will often back down, if challenged, or simply make themselves look ridiculous by defending the foolish things they say.  Good for you for walking away - although I would have been just as happy to hear that you scolded her ignorance too.

    Great post!

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  3. There is a word for people who act inappropriately during holidays or at public gatherings - that word is FAMILY.  And of course I am a GFC follower. Just sad I do not get to visit as often as I would like.
    Family obligations are keeping me from posting at the moment (although I have been sharing party listings and sharing on facebook) and I am flying party to party entering contests and taking a nip and sip of refreshment here and there.

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  4. Linda Wildenstein12/10/2011

    Love the greenery...it is very festive and beautiful.
    As for folks who can't keep it zipped even if they have nothing productive to share.....it has been my experience that they come from one of two schools of thought. The first is: someone put me down now it's my turn. The second is no thought at all. Either way they are total wastes of time. Ugly is ugly and no matter how you dress it up it still is ugly.
    Sorry that you had to endure an ugly attack. But I know it really didn't get to you but for just an instant. XOXO Oma Linda

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  5. Thank you so much Magaly, for linking this GREAT post to the Pagan Pages Blog Hop!!

    Of course I'm already on GFC, and the book you're giving away sounds amazing! 

    As for the rudeness and ignorance of others... well... it all depends on the setting I suppose.  If a stranger came up to me at a party and said such things I would be hard pressed to walk away. I would though because I wouldn't want to embarrass my husband or the host or whomever I was there with. I'd tried to get a smart a witty remark in before I did though. But my wits usually escape me in situations where I really need it! 

    Blessings,
    Kourtney

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  6. Ugh, I wouldn't have been as nice as you if someone had said something like that to me. I also kindly remind people to read up on their history of religion and the religion itself before making such comments. I'm currently reading though "The Well Educated Mind" and she says in the first chapter that this need to give our opinions before being informed stems from improper education as a child. I completely agree with the author and I am glad I am not one of those people.

    Lovely blog post!

    Happy Yule!

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  7. Ciao dear-heart!  Thank you so much for offering us witches such a lovely yule present.  When people are ignorant my response is dictated by the situation but typically is based in a desire to educate... at least that's what I keep telling myself :)

    EmKatCreations(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I love the Yule tree. Which kind of holly did you get - prickly or non? By tradition, the first bough of holly brought into the house of the winter determines whether the lady of the house (represented by the non-prickly kind) or the man of the house "rules" for the year. 

    http://erinoriordan.blogspot.com/2011/12/blessed-yule-and-welcome-witches.html

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  9. I love your choice of Yuletree. I went with standard fare. I tried to make it as wintery as possible, but I'm in dire need of decorations trade ins. We can't get holly, here, but they sure have a lot of Christmas trees and real wreaths. Next year, it might be a real tree for us.

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  10. Love your Winter Solstice Tree, turning out amazing!   As for the people who say/show/do inappropriate things during gatherings.... I guess it depends on what it was.  Sometimes you just have to laugh unless it is hateful, then they are just trying to get attention and get away with whatever they just did.  Happy Yuletide to you, thanks for a great post

    http://awmylifeasiknowit.blogspot.com/2011/12/witches-yuletide-ball-blog-post.html

    allyshawoods at gmail dot com

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  11. "Woman,
    I thought some more, say my Witchcraft is
    evil again, and I’ll show your gut and teeth some real movement].”  Now That's "gut-moving"... LOL... love your protectiveness...and it's a love Yule Tree...I need to read more of Terry's work...

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  12. I like your holly tree, too. I have a wee little tree that I usually set up in my bedroom with stone ornaments (just an old stone and bone crone--what else would I use?) Not his year, though--little kit would have it undone by the time I took a shower.

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  13. Ohh, do I feel you on this one... I just got off 11 hours of hosting my town's annual Christmas event and it is so true how unbelievable people can be sometimes. Nice to come home to all these lovely parties! Thanks for participating - Dana and I really appreciate it!

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  14. I am a follower
    Susan

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  15. Susanscraps12/11/2011

    Interesting post, yet some of it confused me a bit. I love vampires :)

    I am sometimes considered a person who says inappropriate things in public---I say what I mean and mean what i say, and am genuine and honest to a fault. At a Family luncheon in a "Charlie brown's Steakhouse' after a quick viewing of my dad before he was cremated. I talked about all of our kids, and cousin's kids, (many had babies young) and I mentioned how Amanda was put on the pill when she told me she was active with her BF at the age of 16.5.
    My SIL, actually got up and said; "what is wrong with you? you don't talk about that."  and left to get some air. My daughter was like, hey, it is me, and I don't see the issue in talking about it.
    LOL

    I didn't read your stuff, but Witches aren't supposed to do bad works...so maybe that is what your friend meant??

    Blessed Yule to you and yours!
    Love n Light,
    Susan

    susanscraps AT comcast DOT net

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  16. I am still hopping but so far, i am LEARNING a lot! I am also collecting recipes :)
    Susan

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  17. Your Yule tree is lovely Magaly, I am lucky enough to have a large garden and have been planting it up with ......holly(4 of which have berries this year:D),Hawthorn, Hazel, Oak,Birch,Beech and Alder. So I cope with the tinsel tree in doors haha!
    As for inappropriate words in public. When one of my sisters decided it was "cool" to be a witch(due mostly to the publication of the Harry Potter books) she went shopping in her local town...telling everyone who would listen that "well my sister is a REAL witch, and can curse and cast spells on people...that work!"
    I don't know how this affected her purchasing power, but I daren't go shopping in that town again. Needless to say I was angry with my sister for some time afterwards, mostly because she didn't understand that it was not her place to tell strangers my personal business.
    Family..can't live with em....not allowed to kill em ha!
    :D XXX

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  18. Yep, assholeness can be quite contagious if we don't pay attention.

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  19. I never thought of that, but it makes perfect sense. To bully, or a least try, just because they think that no one will tell them off. 

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  20. Ha! I don't even count my family in the inappropriate party conversations lol. Somehow they just know what to say to make my face hot and my hands twitchy.

    Glad you stopped over to party, stay warm! 

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  21. I like to think that I'm grown enough that I can be above other's stupid attacks. The Id wants to come out and smack, but I'm the one in charge, right?

    I've missed you gorgeous. I'll stop by your blog soon. By the way, I sent you an email, did you get it?

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  22. I love your Pagan Pages Blog Hop, and like I said before, I'll be a regular visitor. 

    You just reminded me of something when it comes to rude people: we'll do so much better (at staying calm) if we remember that the ones we need to think about are those in the party who mean something to us, not the idiots.

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  23. "this need to give our opinions before being informed stems from improper education as a child."

    I completely agreed, too!

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  24. You know what? I tell myself the same thing "Don't smack the idiocy of his or her face, s/he means well." Now if they could understand that "well" doesn't mean the same for everyone...

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  25. I got the prickly kind, and considering how "manly" I tend to be who will rule in the house might be a mystery lol

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  26. It was kind of chosen for me, and I love it. I've tried really hard not to get any trees lately (I have no space) but I'm hoping this baby will be okay at my place. 

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  27. I have had many laughs when something silly escapes the boundaries of the subconscious without filtering through the brain ;-)

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  28. Terry Pratchett is the witchy-writing-man! 

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  29. We all get out joys, right?

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  30. Thank you for hosting this lovely party. I'm still enchanted by the button ;-)

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  31. I agree with you on the first, if your daughter is okay with you talking about her personal life, then no one else should care--it's her life after all.

    On the second, the lady is not  my friend. She belongs to an orthodox religion, and she believes Witchcraft is evil. She thinks that my stories would be better if my main character followed a main stream spiritual system, for according to her Witches are inherently evil. 

    Can you see how terrible her comment is? First of all, she had just learned that I was a Witch, so she didn't only insult the character, she also insulted me. And that is not okay. It will never be. 

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  32. Mmm, I shall collect some recipes, too!

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  33. Some things should be said with reservation lol. But at least your sister is proud of you, right? The way she acts kind of reminds me of the Owens sisters ;-)

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  34. I have a story semi similar. One Thanksgiving back when I was about 16 (and had already begun practicing paganism), my alcoholic stepmother said during grace "God protect even those who don't or won't believe in you." I was quite upset with her because for one I hadn't said anything to my dad. But luckily she isn't a part of my life anymore. 

    treegoldandbeegold @ gmail.com

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  35. Velody -12/11/2011

    I already follow you through GFC

    treegoldand beegold @ gmail.com

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  36. Wicked darling here and I have something for you on my blog. wink, wink   

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  37. I love your Winter Solstice Tree and the berry and flowers are simply enchanting.  You have a wonderful friend who deserves a hug for this much needed peace offering. It always amazes me when people spout off inappropriate things. I always wonder whatever happened to their inner censors and if they realize what an ass they sound like or if they even care. Whatever the personality issue is, it is so rude.

    I would love to win this awesome book and also want to tell you that I just placed Wintersmith on my wish list. Sounds divine! Hugs, my sweet wicked witch.  

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  38. Magaly, I hope you are feeling better ;o) I am proud of you still keeping your excersizing going and drinking water, while you have been feeling yucky! I love your Yule tree ;o) Very festive and beautiful! Evil religion??? I would have put something in their drink, so they would have been in the bathroom all night!!!! Big Hugs and you know I am a follower ;o)

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  39. There is always one of those, right? Or the ones who stare at you for a long while during their "forgive then, they don't know what they are doing" bits. Thank goodness, like you said, she isn't part of your life!

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  40. How suspicious,I shall take a look-see!

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  41. Some people have no stupid-brain-to-mouth filter, and it's a shame... mostly for them.

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  42. Ha! That would have been appropriate punishment indeed. Send her to sit on the porcelain throne to think things over ;-)

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  43. That's nice about the Holly; nice gifts tend to do that. It's amazing how a little gift can bring happy thoughts strong enough to push all the unpleasant ones away! :)

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  44. Love the Solstice tree, gives me ideas for my own!!! Yep,yep,yep, don't ya just love those people? I'm sad to say I have a friend ( and she's a witch too so she should know better!) that use to embarrass me at art shows by standing in front of the persons booth and saying about how she could make such and such a necklace so much better herself by changing this or that, ect, ect... right in front of the artist, UGH!!!!! Even if ya don't agree with a persons lifestyle, belief system or even taste in jewelry making, theres a thing called manners and common decency, its just not cool to hurt a person's feelings PERIOD!!!! I always tell myself these things are just lessons in learning not to let what others think of us be what we think of ourselves. I know that's like mega hard and I'm the first one to admit I get raging mad about this stuff... but the truth is if we really honestly believed in our own Divinity we wouldn't be touched by anything negative!!!! We all love you Magaly and that's what REALLY matters!!!!Big Hugs, Deb

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  45. lilacwolf12/12/2011

    Inappropriate things at gatherings?  Well I've been to a lot of drunken gatherings growing up with my mom.  There was the friend of my dad who got close enough to kiss me, my mom was ready to kill him...literally.  Ummmm, and this is a summer one, but setting off fireworks near the children...not such a good idea.  One guy who was a friend of a friend did kiss me, but I was totally crushing on him and my mom didn't see, so that was my secret even if it was inappropriate.  I guess it all boils down to getting into people's personal spaces.  lol  Best place to do wrong, right?

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  46. Natalie Shinn12/12/2011

    I have to say that quite often I used to get asked, in public, if I was a satanist because I wore a pentacle. It used to upset me quite a bit, but I've learned that there will always be ignorant folks in the world and I can't let them get me down. For the most part I don't wear pentacles anymore to avoid that sort of thing (instead I got one tattooed on my body!). For me, my religion is pretty private, but if anyone has anything to say about it, they better be polite or I will POLITELY (hopefully) inform them the error of their ways. And really, if someone has such a snide comment to make, even if they don't realize that it is rude, they shouldn't be making it at a public gathering--save it for an email or something more private...that's just my opinion.

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  47. lilacwolf12/14/2011

    I could go on and on...being as we went to a church with people who really didn't care for children.  How does "he really shouldn't come to Sunday School this week since he can't read."  And this from a former kindergarten teacher!!!  Or the lady who yelled at my son in front of me because he burped.  And yes I snapped right back at her that she will not correct my child.  Or if she does feel the need to simply remind him to say "excuse me." 

    It bugs me with kids because they don't come out knowing how to behave like adults.  That is something learned and who wants to learn that from impatient, bitter people?  Not me...

    so enter me in that drawing because that book looks decadent.

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  48. lilacwolf12/14/2011

    And yes I'm a wicked Darling.  :D

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  49. lilacwolf12/14/2011

    You know, I'd bet I have a few buttons on my site that are also on your circle.  :D  http://lilacwolfandstuff.blogspot.com

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  50. Indeed, I just got a card that put a ginormous grin on my mug ;-D

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  51. Your friend sounds like a tough one--how sad for the artist. 

    I'm a lucky Witch, to have great people who love me and whom I love right back ;-)

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  52. "drunken gatherings growing up with my mom." that is priceless! 

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  53. I get the same question asked all the time. One time on the ferry, someone pointed at my pentacle and asked "Did you know that is a symbol of evil?" I usually look at them and think, 'Did you know you are an asshole?' but actually say, "No, it's not; only stupid people see it for something that is not. Good day."

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  54. Nothing pisses me off more than people putting kids down. It makes my blood boil. 

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  55. lady_rose12/18/2011

    Yultide Blessings!     

    Here's by yule party post
    http://blissfulmoon.com/a-witchs-diary/the-christmas-oatmeal-box/

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