Friday, December 6, 2013

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Top O' The Morning To All,
Ce'ad Mi'le Fa'ilte
100,000 Welcomes

There are only 13 more shopping days until Christmas!  Yes, 13… This year has gone by in a whirlwind.  We are almost to the major giving day in most of the world.  We are giving $1.00 of every order from now until Christmas Eve to the USO & Marine Corp Toys for Tots program.  Celtic Attic has adopted 2 children from our local giving tree and will get them holiday gifts as well. 

We are still running our Half Off Shipping special all the way until Christmas (does not apply to express shipping requests).  We decided to leave our Black Friday/Cyber Monday special online until Christmas Eve.  We have 25 items that you can get at a discount of 15% off the retail price, while supplies last.  The coupon code is BlackFriday and you can shop now.  We have put all our Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials on the shopping portal A Celtic Calling.  The sale is listed on the front page. 

We have about 1200 products now on the A Celtic shopping portal.  We have about 300 more to add, so if you don’t see what you’re looking for be sure to visit celtic

We will be giving away a Christmas Treat Basket! (Gift Basket includes - 2 Holiday coffee mugs, Irish or Scottish Tea, Irish Candy Treats bag and a Celtic Pendant! Value $60.00) Enter Now!  Anyone that enters now, will be put into the Christmas Giveaway drawing...We will draw two winners for Celtic Pendants for November as well…

Most of your Favorite Celtic Attic goodies are now in the new store location along with a wide variety of other gifts and jewelry.  We have balloon baskets, gift baskets and so much more!  It is a Celtic & Gift Shop Paradise.  We have just launched our line of Fairy Bath products in the store.  The store address is 408 Pacific Ave, Bremerton WA 98337.  For those that would love to visit and get your Celtic on, drop by Tues-Sat 11am-6PM.

Just a little bit of Irish

Well what if you could see fairies and they were chasing butterflies in your backyard?  Would the world think you sane?  Would you care?  Let me tell you of the Irish Fae Folk and then you can decide for yourself if they are real or not.  If you do believe, maybe you can bring the magic of the Fairyland into your life.

Most Fairies today are seen as beautiful fluttering creatures that you see out of the corner of your eye or just imagine them to be dancing around happily.  Not so of the ancient Celtic realms.  Sidhe (pronounced Shee, a fairy) and other magical creatures lived with human kind.  They were there to possibly teach and assist the human folk of the land.  Since they were a part of the life process you have the mean, ugly, beautiful, sad, happy and death fairies of the Celtic Isles.  The people of the Isles call their fairies wee folk.  Lets take a brief look at some Fae Folk.

Have you ever had your heart leap and you had to stop and catch your breath?  Have you ever thought about a place, a thing, or a person and felt that you just belonged there, like your heart and soul were in some way intertwined with it?  Close our eyes and see green trees, wide open lush valleys, streams teaming with fish, fairies dancing, dragons roaming and leprechauns running freely with human kind and of course magick a glitter everywhere.  Welcome to the land of Erin.  Come, SHH… you don’t want to awaken the Banshee Fairy!

The belief in fairies is an almost universal attribute of early folk culture.  Fairies are magickal creatures that entertain children and adults alike.  For adults the fairy represents the innocence of youth and the promise that there is something more than just what we see.  Most adults have lost the ability to see fairies peeking out from behind a tree or chasing a butterfly across the lawn.  To read about the Fae folk takes us back to childhood and cotton candy, slip n slides and magic. 

The Leprechaun:  A solitary creature avoiding contact with mortals and other fairies.  He is usually making shoes or protecting his pot of gold.  It is said that if a mortal catches a leprechaun and sternly demands his treasure, he will give it to him. He is very symbolic of Ireland.

Merrows:  The female is also called a mermaid (murúch) or a sea-maiden (maighdean mhara).  She has the tail of a fish and web-like scales between her fingers; she is most lovely and graceful.  The male sits on a rock, always scanning the sea for cases of brandy lost from wrecked ships.

Silkies:  Are seals by day but men and women by night.  They are fabled to be extreme beauties.
Lianhan Shee: Love Fairy.  She seeks the love of mortal men at a high cost.  She creates such desire in her lovers that they will overcome all obstacles to embrace her. She does insist on meeting her lovers in Tir-na-n-Og.  Mortal men must die to enjoy her fairy delights.

Irish Potatoes Soup

6 medium potatoes
2 medium onions
3 pints of stock or milk and water mixed
1-tablespoon butter
Salt & pepper to taste

Peel and dice and potatoes and chop onions.  Melt butter and gently cook the onions and potatoes in a covered saucepan until soft but not colored.  Add the liquid, add seasoning to taste.  Cook for a while until warm.  Serve in bowls and decorate with chopped parsley.
As Always, Peace
Kristin and the staff at the Celtic Attic
408 Pacific Ave
Bremerton, WA 98337
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