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A Special Yule tide episode, full of stories and recipes for the holiday.The story of how Yule got its name, is called The First Song, and is a traditional story from Northern Europe. I've been telling this story to my children for many years, and have changed and added to it over time, as we do with all folk tales. The poem Welcome Yule is by Susan Cooper. A Visit to Mother Hulda was a story I originally found many years ago in Circle Round by Starhawk, Diane Baker and Anne Hill as "A Visit to Mother Winter." Over the years, I have changed and adapted the story to fit with our family practices and beliefs. The version told here is my own. Twas the Night before Yuletide is a poem that circulated the interwebs long ago in the time of BBSes. I have adapted the poem and retold it to my own family over the years. Lots of recipes this week; Snow Candy, Yule Porridge, Snow Ice Cream, Lussekatter (saffron buns), and Papparkakor (ginger snaps). These are all foods and fun things we do every Yuletide that have found their way into our practices for the 12 days of Yule. This episode is 50 minutes long. For show notes and more go to our website: http://www.AcrossTheHedge.com

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