Despite having been an English literature student in my younger years and loving works ranging from Chaucer to Shakespeare and Dickens to Wordsworth, I have really not enjoyed the English translations of the Poetic Edda. I found them dry, souless and headache worthy, but thankfully now I have Jackson Crawford's modern English translation and what a breath of fresh air it is. I have only read the first two poems for the moment, but it is a real pleasure, breathing new life into the nine worlds of Norse mythology. It has a glossary of names, an introduction explaining the world in which the Edda was written and the fantastic Cowboy Havamal inspired by Jackson's grandfather. I highly recommend checking this translation out and Jackson Crawford's amazing Youtube channel that covers all things old Norse, the Eddas, the language and life of the times 🌲🌲🌲.
Two years ago I learned about the Väntljusstaken, which is a very modern and very lovely tradition introduced by Swedish friends. Instead of the Christian tradition of counting the Sundays of Advent, the Väntljusstaken counts six Thursdays up to the winter solstice. I took up that tradition with much joy because who doesn't look forward to the solstice - and when you have a cherished friend who makes the nicest rune candles? Added bonus.