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In our annual holiday episode, we turn to the natural world for carols and lessons on the plants and animals of the Yuletide season.
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Download: Episode 137 – Yuletide Cheer! 2018
Much of the lore featured in this episode comes from the following books and websites:
- Henderson, Helene, ed. Holidays, Festivals, & Celebrations of the World Dictionary, 3rd ed. Omnigraphics, Detroit: 2005.
- Illes, Judika. Encyclopedia of 5,000 Spells. Harper Collins, New York: 2009.
- Opie, Iona, and Moira Tatem. A Dictionary of Superstitions. Barnes & Noble Books, New York: 1989.
- Raedisch, Linda. The Old Magic of Christmas. Llewellyn Publications, Woodbury, MN: 2013.
- Santino, Jack. All Around the Year: Holidays and Celebrations in American Life. Univ. of Illinois Press, Chicago: 1995.
- Caring for wild birds in the winter season (Mother Nature Network): https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/how-to-take-care-of-birds-this-winter
- Aesop’s Fables: “The Ants and the Grasshopper” (Library of Congress)
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Promos & Music
Music from this episode is licensed from Magnatune unless otherwise noted. “CC License” indicates a Creative Commons 2.0 Share-and-share-alike license.
- The Holly & the Ivy – Quire Cleveland
- Ceremonies for Christmas Eve – Passsamezzo
- The Holly Witches’ Dance – Harper’s Hamper
- Ivy is Good – English Ayres
- Green Grows the Holly – Shira Kammen
- The Blood-red Rose at Yule – Music for a Winter’s Night
- Christmas Tree – Emma Wallace
- Kentucky (Ohio) Wassail – Quire Cleveland
- Apple Tree Wassail – Shira Kammen
- Here we Come a-Wassailing – Harper’s Hamper
- Wassail Song (1913 – Vaughn Williams) – Quire Cleveland
- While Shepherds Watched their Flocks – Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (Wikimedia – CC License)
- Shepherd’s Carol to be Sung on New Year’s Day – Passamezzo
- On Christmas Day – Jean Ritchie (Library of Congress – Public Domain)
- The Boar’s Head Carol – Harper’s Hamper
- The Wren in the Furze – Shira Kammen
- Fowles in the Frith/Bird on a Briar – English Ayres
- Little Skylark – J. Tucker (used with permission of artist)
- Da Day Dawn – Samantha Gillogly (used with permission of artist)
Incidental Music for this episode includes “O Christmas Tree,” by Jeff Wahl (Magnatune); “Snow Drop,” by Kevin Macleod (Free Music Archive – CC License); and “The Sighful Branches,” by Axletree (Free Music Archive – CC License).
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