Yule is one of the Sabbats that blends almost seamlessly with its Christian holiday equivalent: Christmas. On Samhain we can go overboard and get called out because of it, like a man who dresses up as a woman for Halloween as a “joke,” but looks so comfortable that it starts whispers. What a specific example! It’s literally the only one I could think of. Regardless, Christians have appropriated so many pagan things from Yule, but left them so relatively unchanged, even your Catholic mother-in-law won’t notice a thing. The 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’s 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 currently on sale on their website for $11.99 (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, thankfully, I will be able to buy Yule cards from them for years before I have to find a replacement. They have cards for many different denominations as well. I think this card 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 alarmed – that it was a “Christmas star” on the front. Nothing like fooling the muggles* with their own lies! It’s also in a Celtic knot style – which is so my partner’s vibe, even though it’s not mine – and the blue made it feel snowflake-esque. 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 pagan. You have to respect people’s way of observing the Sabbat, after all.
You can see my runner-up cards on my Yule Can Rule board on Pinterest. Happy card hunting, fellow witches and 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.