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  • Yup its that old pagan festival again. Stuff that x-tian rubbish about it being the day before something else - everybody knows this really about great big bonfires and the fear of a deadly winter as the days grow shorter and you have to rely on your harvest to make it through to spring.

    A few years ago I went to the Mid-Winter solstice at a pagan pottery in cornwall and met a variety of interesting pagans. great fun/


    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
  • Salon has an article [] (a review of two books) about how many of our Halloween traditions (like many of our Christmas traditions) are not ancient at all, at least not in combination. For example,

    A woman named Doris Hudson wrote an article for American Home magazine in 1939 that, according to Skal, is "the first time the expression 'trick or treat' is used in a mass-circulation periodical in the United States."

    Some of the rowdiness and begging was earlier associated with Thanksgiving or Christmas but en