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   I’ve always had an interest in the roots of European traditions and the revival of ancient paganism. But lately I’ve been especially interested in the reconstruction of pagan traditions and rituals in the Third Reich. Last year, for the first time, I tried to move on from all those shiny and tacky ornaments that nowadays Christmas trees are usually decorated with. Instead, I tried to recreate the traditional Yule tree decoration that was common among families of SS members in the Third Reich.
   I decorated my evergreen tree of life with baked gingerbread-runes, traditional German straw ornaments and real candles. Initially, I intended to hang real apples in the tree, but unfortunately I had to replace them with red ball ornaments – an imperfection that I’ll be fixing this year. At the base of the tree I put a straw woven Wheel of the Year – a Hagal Rune in a circle.
   I want our major annual festivals to be celebrated with more awareness for their original meaning and symbolism. And I think the responsibility for that lies in women’s hands.