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Holiday Packets by Waverly Fitzgerald

Try before you buy! Click here to download a PDF file of sample pages from the Harvest Packet! These are new pages as of September 2003 and are not included in the original packet.

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Send the gift of holiday packets year round!

We will send either the email or the print version of our eight holiday packets — Candlemas, Eostre, May Day, Midsummer, Lammas, Harvest, Halloween & Yule — to the email or mail address you provide, at least 30 days before the holiday, along with a seasonal gift card (or email) to announce your thoughtfulness. Please provide the address of the recipient(s) in the comments field when you place your order

 


Candlemas/Imbolc Packet:
A packet of ideas for celebrating Candlemas, Imbolc and other holidays of early spring. This illustrated, 30+ page portfolio includes:

  • Ancient holiday customs for the early spring festivals of Candlemas, Imbolc, Groundhog's Day, St Brigid, Chinese New Year and Tu B’Shevat
  • More rowdy customs from the early spring full moon festivals of Lupercalia, Valentines Day, Purim and Mardi Gras
  • Recipes for fritters, doughnuts, Hamantaschen, Agatha's breasts and other rich pastries of the season
  • Instructions for creating Brigid’s Crosses and candles
  • Lyrics for Candlemas songs, including the Ash Grove and a song to Brigit
  • And much more.

The packet is available in two versions: sent email as a Word attachment or as printed pages sent via regular mail in a portfolio. Order quickly if you want to receive your packet in time to prepare for your Imbolc celebration.

 


Eostre (Spring Equinox) Packet:
This illustrated portfolio contains over 35 pages of ideas for celebrating the joyous mid-spring feast also known as Nawruz, Easter, Passover, St. Joseph's Day, Spring Equinox and Hilaria. It tells you how to:

  • Make tansy pies, bread bunnies, Paskha and other traditional Eostre foods
  • Decorate eggs the Ukrainian way, using symbol and ritual
  • Use food items and plants to create natural dyes
  • Play traditional games like cracking eggs, egg rolling and pace egging
  • And much more.

The packet is available in two versions: sent email as a Word attachment or as printed pages sent via regular mail in a portfolio.


May Day Packet:
Over 40 pages of ideas for celebrating May Day and its related holidays (Beltane, Walpurgisnacht, Floralia), compiled in one reference you can use every year. Includes:

  • instructions for creating a Maypole and dancing around it
  • recipes for May wine and traditional May foods
  • the language of the flowers and the plants of May Day (hawthorn, woodruff and lilies of the valley)
  • ideas for May Day gifts
  • and much more!

Midsummer Packet:
This illustrated portfolio contains over 40 pages of ideas for celebrating Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer and Litha. It tells you how to:

  • gather and use magical Midsummer herbs like St John's Wort
  • prepare a picnic of traditional Midsummer foods
  • make wreaths to throw into the Midsummer bonfire
  • praise the Sun with songs
  • make Gardens of Adonis
  • honor the goddesses of Midsummer, like Kupalo and Anahid
  • and much more

Read an excerpt from the packet, “Making Wreaths”!

 


Lammas Packet:
Over 30 pages of ideas on how to celebrate the obscure and mysterious Lammas. This illustrated, 30+ page portfolio includes:

  • Ancient Celtic and Anglo-Saxon traditions of Lughnasad and Lammas
  • Tales of Lugh and Ceres
  • Transformation mysteries of beer and bread
  • Recipes for mead and methlegyn, medicinal and fermented honey beverages
  • Instructions for creating wheat weavings and lavender wands
  • Lyrics for Lammas songs, including Brigg Fair and John Barleycorn
  • And much more.

Harvest Packet:
Over 30 pages of ideas on how to celebrate the Autumn Equinox. This illustrated, 30+ page portfolio includes:

  • Ancient celebrations of Harvest and Michealmas
  • The meaning of the Harvest Moon
  • The September Full Moon holidays of Mid-Autumn Moon and Sukkoth
  • Transformation mysteries of beer and wine
  • Recipes for gingerbread, ginger beer and other traditional Harvest foods
  • Instructions for creating a corn dolly and making a basket to honor Demeter
  • And much more.

Halloween Packet:
Over 40 pages of ideas on how to celebrate Samhain, Halloween and Days of the Dead. This illustrated, 30+ page portfolio includes:

  • A panoramic review of how Days of the Dead has been celebrated
  • How this holiday evolved — a history of our alienation from the ancestors
  • The last of the autumnal transformation mysteries: making cider
  • Divinations for this particular crack between the worlds
  • Recipes for traditional foods like dead man's bones and soul cakes
  • Instructions for making skulls and masks
  • And much more.

Midwinter Packet:
Over 40 pages of ideas on how to celebrate Yule, Hannukah, Christmas, Midwinter, Saturnalia, Winter Solstice and all the other Festivals of Light. Includes:

  • Celebrating Advent and the Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Recipes for traditional foods, including porridges and beverages
  • Instructions for making luminarias and pomanders
  • Traditional Winter Solstice games
  • Mysterious giftgivers of the winter nights, including St Lucy & the Frauen
  • Lyrics for ancient and pagan Yuletide carols
  • And much more.

Download two PDF files of supplemental material to the Midwinter Packet!

Celebrating Midwinter

Midwinter Poems


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