Category: Holidays

Grýla, Jólakötturinn, & the Yule Lads

The holiday season is upon us. Everywhere you turn there are Christmas movie marathons, holiday baking shows and a general sense of seasonal cheeriness. It’s no secret that the holidays are rich in folklore and it just takes a quick glance through the web to find stories of Old Saint Nick and numerous other origin…


Do Our Deceased Loved Ones Visit Us During the Holidays?

During the holidays, it’s only natural that we start to think about those who have passed. As we grew up, we became accustomed to certain Christmas traditions that out adult relatives would do for us. But after they pass, it is up to us to continue those traditions. The holidays have long been known as…


The Story Behind Holiday Traditions

Written by Mid-Atlantic Team Member: Maevelin Y. Mist and cloud and darkness veil the wintry hour, But the sun dispels them with his rising power. Mist and cloud and darkness often dim thy day But a Christmas glory shines upon thy way. May the Lord of Christmas, Counsellor and Friend, Light thy desert pathway even…


Charles Dickens: Making Ghosts Festive For the Holidays

  There was probably no one else who loved Christmas ghost stories more than Charles Dickens.  In fact, majority of the Victorian Era brought forth a new fascination of ghosts, spirits, apparitions, and all things weird.  The rise of Spiritualism was also during this same time.  So it is to no surprise that the holiday…


Krampus: The Holiday Devil

A Note To Parents:  APS doesn’t condone using Krampus as a method of keeping your child’s behavior in check, but if the “Elf On the Shelf” isn’t cutting it, there’s other options. You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout….not because Santa Claus will put you on the naughty list, but…