Yule is one of the Sabbats that blends almost seamlessly with its Christian holiday equivalent: Christmas. Christians have appropriated so many pagan things from Yule, but left them so relatively unchanged that even your Catholic mother-in-law won’t suspect a thing. The noticeable exceptions to this rule are the date (Yule is the 21st, four days before Christmas) and holiday cards.
This year I really wanted to send out Yule cards, so I went on a quest. My first stop was Barnes & Noble. There I found an amazing selection of cards, one of which had a great image of the Holly King (I mean, SANTA CLAUS) on the cover. Unfortunately, on the inside it erroneously declared: “Merry Christmas!” Whut? Why is the Holly King celebrating Christmas? I digress … I then turned to the internet for help; here’s what I found.
Winner! The Yuletide Blessings card from Amber Lotus Publishing. A set of 12 is available on their website for $13.99 (I paid more than that on Amazon, but it ships free, so do your research). Inside it reads, “Warm wishes for this Winter Solstice.” They have a lot of other cards which means that I will be able to buy Yule cards from them for years before I have to find a replacement. Amber Lotus has cards for many different denominations as well and they range from serious to humorous. I think the card I selected works even if you’re in the broom closet, but they have some good, vaguely-pagan holidays cards that are even less suspect than this one.
What drew me to this card specifically was the pentacle design on the front. It was beautiful and bold, but still subtle enough that I could tell judgy people – if they became alarmed – that it was a “Christmas star” on the front. Nothing like fooling the muggles* with their own nonsense. It’s also in a Celtic knot style, which is so my partner’s vibe, even though it’s not precisely mine. The blue made it feel snowflake-esque, and it will stand out in the sea of green and red cards. It’s not a generic “Happy Holidays!” card, either, which I was trying to avoid. Though I think I wrote “Happy Holidays!” on the inside of more than a few, but that’s because only one of my card recipients is a fellow pagan. You have to respect people’s way of observing the Sabbat, after all.
For those of you who are finicky about paper stock, these cards are the papery-card stock types, not smooth or glossy in any way, and it’s not a heavy stock. That’s because they’re made from “paper sourced from a combination of sustainably managed forests and recycled materials” which is great, but they aren’t the slick, glossy cards you may be accustomed to. Nor do they come with matching envelopes, which seems to be the main complaint about them.
You can see my runner-up cards on my “Yule Can Rule” board on Pinterest. Happy card hunting, fellow pagans! If you’d like to share your card choice in the comments, I’d love to see it.
* I know some people really hate the word “muggle,” since it’s a pejorative term for non-magickal persons. However, I use it because it’s hilarious, cute (and thus, not mean), and very appropriate.