Books Should Be Free is now
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Yule-Tide in Many Lands   By:

Book cover

First Page:

[Illustration: CHRISTMAS IN NAPLES. An Italian PRESIPIO. ]

YULE TIDE IN MANY LANDS

BY

MARY P. PRINGLE

Reference Librarian, Minnesota Public Library Commission

and

CLARA A. URANN

Illustrated

by

L.J. Bridgman

and from photographs

BOSTON

LOTHROP. LEE & SHEPARD CO.

1916

Copyright, 1916

BY LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO.

"The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfills Himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world."

Alfred Tennyson.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Thanks are due to the following publishers for permission to reprint poems: Houghton Mifflin Company for "King Olaf's Christmas" by H. W. Longfellow, "Night of Marvels" by Violante Do Ceo; Paul Elder & Company for "The Christmas Tree" by H. S. Russell, "At Christmas Time"; Edgar S. Werner & Company for "The Christmas Sheaf" by Mrs. A. M. Tomlinson; John Lane Company for "A Palm Branch from Palestine" by M. Y. Lermontov; American Ecclesiastical Review for "The Eve of Christmas" by Pope Leo XIII; E. P. Dutton & Company for "The Voice of the Christ child" by Phillips Brooks.

MARY P. PRINGLE

CLARA A. URANN

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. YULE TIDE OF THE ANCIENTS

II. YULE TIDE IN ENGLAND

III. YULE TIDE IN GERMANY

IV. YULE TIDE IN SCANDINAVIA

V. YULE TIDE IN RUSSIA

VI. YULE TIDE IN FRANCE

VII. YULE TIDE IN ITALY

VIII. YULE TIDE IN SPAIN

IX. YULE TIDE IN AMERICA

INDEX

ILLUSTRATIONS

Christmas in Naples. An Italian Presepio Frontispiece

King Olaf's Christmas

Serenaded by the Waits

Toy Making in Germany

Decorating the Christmas Tree

On the Way to Christmas Eve Service in Norway

A Christmas Bonfire in Russia

A Christmas Tree in Paris

A Game of Loto on Christmas Evening in Naples

Christmas Festivity in Seville

Lighting the Yule Log in Colonial Days

Children of Many Nationalities at Christmas Celebration in a New York School

CHAPTER I.

[Illustration]

YULE TIDE OF THE ANCIENTS

"There in the Temple, carved in wood, The image of great Odin stood, And other gods, with Thor supreme among them."

As early as two thousand years before Christ Yule tide was celebrated by the Aryans. They were sun worshipers and believed the sun was born each morning, rode across the upper world, and sank into his grave at night.

Day after day, as the sun's power diminished, these primitive people feared that he would eventually be overcome by darkness and forced to remain in the under world.

When, therefore, after many months, he apparently wheeled about and grew stronger and stronger, they felt that he had been born again. So it came about that at Hweolor tid , "the turning time,"[1] there was great rejoicing at the annual re birth of the sun.

In the myths and legends of these, our Indo European ancestors, we find the origin of many of the Yule tide customs now in vogue.

[Footnote 1: Yule tide]

According to the Younger Edda, Wodin or Odin, the pioneer of the North, a descendant of Saturn, fled out of Asia. Going through Russia to Saxland (Germany), he conquered that country and left one of his sons as ruler. Then he visited Frankland, Jutland, Sweden, and Norway and established each one of his many sons on a throne... Continue reading book >>




eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book



Popular Genres
More Genres
Languages
Paid Books