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FEMINIST FRIDAY

Bernadette shares a perfectly timed post about Christmases past, and the role of women in this annual celebration. Enjoy and follow Bernadette’s blog. She has wonderful ‘Women Rock’ articles!

Haddon Musings

For thousands of years the holiday season was a time to celebrate women. I am sharing the rich history of our Christmas traditions so that we can appreciate that a women’s power is pervasive that it can still be found within the wreaths and boughs of today’s Christmas.

When Santa Was a Woman: 5 Christmas Histories You Want to Know:

1.     Kissing Under the Mistletoe

"A Christmas Kiss" by George Bernard O'Neill. Public Domain image.

“A Christmas Kiss” by George Bernard O’Neill. Public Domain image.

Kissing under the mistletoe can be traced back to the Norse goddess Frigg(a) whose son Baldr was killed by a mistletoe spear. When the gods brought Baldr back to life, Frigga declared that, from then on, people passing under mistletoe should kiss in celebration.

While few people today would credit Frigga with this tradition, “[t]he church seems to have known of the links to a pagan religion, because traditionally mistletoe is not included among the greenery that…

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