Say Pagan calendar and, for many, there's only one on the market. The annual wall calendar for witches by Llewellyn is a staple on Yule present lists.
There are very good reasons why it's so eagerly anticipated. First and foremost, it looks fantastic. A combination of classical artwork and the introduction of new, modern Pagan artists means that every month has great pictures.
It's something that you might choose to have on your wall, even if there wasn't the practicality of the dates underneath.
Indeed, I have known people to cut out the artwork, after the month or year is over, and frame them in their own right.
Also these calendars are informative! There's the generally useful data of the phases of the moon, plus the Sabbats, but historical notes too. Famous Wiccan birthdays (Doreen Valiente, Alexander Sanders, Janet Farrar etc) are listed, as well as events like the anniversary of witch trials.
However, each month comes chock full of seasonal tips and knowledge. The Sabbats are described or items in the natural world are highlighted. In that way, it's as much a guidebook as it is a calendar.
One year, when I was learning Spanish, a friend sent me the calendar from Spain. I used it as monthly practice in language!
Oh, we've mixed and matched that it's all the same thing, but for the baby. Though granted, He's a very important baby!
Kate, it is called CHRISTmas for a reason, if you want to celebrate something else, call it so, YULEtide for example ;-)
Awww! Well, it is the season of goodwill. Let them have their tree. :)
I was in a christmas shop with my parents recently and they were bemoaning the fact that Christmas was no longer about Christ. I didn't have the heart to point out the origins of Yule to them, they seemed so content in their grumbling.
Conversations were meant to evolve. It's only debates and parliamentary meetings which are supposed to stay on track. :P
The Christmas, or Yule tree, is what I call a true religious merger, but we are seriously going off topic here ;-)
Sam - Well, I wasn't going to say... LOL But are you enjoying the 'Christmas' tree?
Lots of hymn stealing going about then? I'm sure that God will appreciate the familiar tunes!
I haven't had a day book in years! But yes, they were lovely back then. I never think to get one for myself, but love them when they're sent as gifts.
And we did borrow a lot of the older, pagan religions - what goes around comes around - or whatever they say;-) For a fun, and completely off topic, have a look at how different (Christian) denominations have 'borrowed' hymn tunes from each other - Oh May! Deary, deary ;-)
I haven't had one in a while but I loved their day books.