Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
Please enjoy this special holiday edition. Wishing you the best of whatever you celebrate.
- The history of the holy city of Jerusalem. (CNN)
- Ugh. You don’t want Jerusalem, you want Bethlehem! Since there’s not much good news in the Middle East right now, how about this heartwarming story about a very popular post office in Bethlehem, Kentucky? (Kentucky.com)
- Some Jews have figured out something more practical than stuffing eight-days worth of gifts under the menorah—a Christmas tree. (RNS)
- Here’s a Christmas tree you won’t see at church (or the synagogue!): one decked to the halls with Cthulhu. (Geeks are Sexy via @t3dy)
- If you think your slate of holiday parties is exhausting, try being an ancient Roman. (History with a Twist)
- Speaking of, Saturnalia ends today. (Religious Dispatches)
- Why settle for family dinner, when you can eat like a Babylonian god this holiday? (Yale University Library)
- Or maybe you’d rather break out the pomegranates and celebrate Yalda, the Zoroastrian winter solstice? (Tehran Times)
- The meaning of Christmas according to Charlie Brown, if Peanuts, you know, talked about Mithras. (Practical Visionary Magic)
- Not sure what the deal is Kwanzaa? Here’s a guide to seasonal festivities and what they all have in common. (Tahlequah Daily Press)
- Perhaps these tips on how to celebrate a interfaith holiday could come in handy, then? (WaPo)
- Finally, for those sharing a kiss beneath the mistletoe, the mythic origins of holiday plants, including your favorite doorway aphrodisiac. (27East)
Photo by Mukumbura.