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12-20-2016 11:04 PM#1
OctoMother Superior
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Wednesday December 21
Winter solstice 2016 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 12:44 PM on Wednesday, December 21
(All times are in Eastern European Time.)

The pagan Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe celebrated a twelve-day "midwinter" (winter solstice) holiday called Yule (also called Jul, Julblot, jólablót, midvinterblot, julofferfest). Many modern Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree, the Christmas wreath, the Yule log, and others, are direct descendents of Yule customs. Scandinavians still call Yule "Jul". In English, the word "Yule" is often used in combination with the season "yuletide" [6] a usage first recorded in 900. It is believed that the celebration of this day was a worship of these peculiar days, interpreted as the reawakening of nature. The Yule (Jul) particular god was Jólner, which is one of Odin's many names. The concept of Yule occurs in a tribute poem to Harold Hårfager from about AD 900, where someone said "drinking Jul". Julblot is the most solemn sacrifice feast. At the "julblotet", sacrifices were given to the gods to earn blessing on the forthcoming germinating crops. Julblotet was eventually integrated into the Christian Christmas. As a remainder from this Viking era, the Midsummer is still important in Scandinavia, and hence vividly celebrated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

Merry Yule Y'all beercheer.gif
12-20-2016 11:18 PM#2
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RE: Wednesday December 21
Merry Yule !
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12-20-2016 11:34 PM#3
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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RE: Wednesday December 21
İmage

The Joulupukki or "Yule Goat" is originally a pagan tradition. He is connected to Wōden of norse mythology and said to wear tight red leather pants and a tight fur trimmed red leather coat.[citation needed] On the Winter Solstice, going by the names of Jólnir (yule figure) and Langbarðr (long-beard), Wōden led the Wild Hunt accompanied by Thor driving his flying wagon drawn by goat bucks. The Joulupukki may also be a man turned into a goat-man on Christmas Eve, as seen in Elsa Beskow's Peter and Lotta's Christmas. There persists today in some parts of Finland the custom of persons dressing in goat costume to perform in return for leftover food after Christmas. Historically, such a person was an older man, and the tradition refers to him as a nuuttipukki.

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Christmas used to be pretty scary over here chuckle.gif

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12-20-2016 11:50 PM#4
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
Finland ups the ante with a wonderfully crazy fringe character called Nuuttipukki -- a full-on horror movie monster who goes from house to house after the holidays, emptying the larder and drinking all the beer. If you don't get him drunk enough, a curse will fall on your house and the whole year will be a conga line of ridiculously bad luck. Nuuttipukki usually turns up as late as Jan. 13, thus turning the first weeks of a new year into a nonstop orgy of panicked waiting.

Why They Need to Be a Part of the Holidays:

Because they're awesome, that's why. These guys would essentially give us the option of turning Christmas into a second Halloween, only we could replace trick-or-treating with gift-giving, Christmas-style, and rampant drinking, Nuuttipukki-style.

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-badass-old...ring-back/

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12-21-2016 12:25 AM#5
White Ribboncall me
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RE: Wednesday December 21
That Finland monster is weird.. So dark..

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Dec 21st, big day on my spiritual calendar too..

Birth of the new..

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12-21-2016 01:35 AM#6
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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RE: Wednesday December 21
Happy Birth of the new! chuckle.gif

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12-21-2016 02:19 AM#7
White Ribboncall me
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(12-21-2016 01:35 AM)JayRodney Wrote:  Happy Birth of the new! chuckle.gif

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12-21-2016 03:23 AM#8
KreeperGriobhtha
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(12-20-2016 11:04 PM)Octo Wrote:  Winter solstice 2016 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 12:44 PM on Wednesday, December 21
(All times are in Eastern European Time.)

The pagan Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe celebrated a twelve-day "midwinter" (winter solstice) holiday called Yule (also called Jul, Julblot, jólablót, midvinterblot, julofferfest). Many modern Christmas traditions, such as the Christmas tree, the Christmas wreath, the Yule log, and others, are direct descendents of Yule customs. Scandinavians still call Yule "Jul". In English, the word "Yule" is often used in combination with the season "yuletide" [6] a usage first recorded in 900. It is believed that the celebration of this day was a worship of these peculiar days, interpreted as the reawakening of nature. The Yule (Jul) particular god was Jólner, which is one of Odin's many names. The concept of Yule occurs in a tribute poem to Harold Hårfager from about AD 900, where someone said "drinking Jul". Julblot is the most solemn sacrifice feast. At the "julblotet", sacrifices were given to the gods to earn blessing on the forthcoming germinating crops. Julblotet was eventually integrated into the Christian Christmas. As a remainder from this Viking era, the Midsummer is still important in Scandinavia, and hence vividly celebrated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice

Merry Yule Y'all beercheer.gif

A blot is a religious ceremony in Norse traditions.

İmage
Did you come here to play Jesus to all the lepers in your head?
12-21-2016 12:37 PM#9
ocker1Member
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RE: Wednesday December 21
here's our Dec 21st "down Under" 32c degrees

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12-21-2016 12:44 PM#10
DaJavooIf looks could kilt
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RE: Wednesday December 21
Nuuttipukki sounds like a real party crasher.

Sure he wasn't cobbled up to explain bare larders and empty beer vats? It's a bitch to brew more beer in the winter and getting groceries in an avalanche ain't no fun.

Still, I rather like him. chuckle.gif
12-21-2016 12:59 PM#11
KreeperGriobhtha
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(12-21-2016 12:44 PM)DaJavoo Wrote:  Nuuttipukki sounds like a real party crasher.

Sure he wasn't cobbled up to explain bare larders and empty beer vats? It's a bitch to brew more beer in the winter and getting groceries in an avalanche ain't no fun.

Still, I rather like him. chuckle.gif
That's what I thought, also. Some guy being confronted by his angry wife and thinking about the crazy, beer fueled antics of the night before followed by the nausea...
"It's wasn't me, honey. It was... uhhh... that nutty, pukey guy!"

İmage
Did you come here to play Jesus to all the lepers in your head?
12-21-2016 03:57 PM#12
UniqueStrangerArt in my heart
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(12-21-2016 12:59 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  
(12-21-2016 12:44 PM)DaJavoo Wrote:  Nuuttipukki sounds like a real party crasher.

Sure he wasn't cobbled up to explain bare larders and empty beer vats? It's a bitch to brew more beer in the winter and getting groceries in an avalanche ain't no fun.

Still, I rather like him. chuckle.gif
That's what I thought, also. Some guy being confronted by his angry wife and thinking about the crazy, beer fueled antics of the night before followed by the nausea...
"It's wasn't me, honey. It was... uhhh... that nutty, pukey guy!"

Quote:The Finns drink the most alcohol in the Nordic countries, according to research published by the Finland’s Directorate of Health. According to the research, the Icelanders drink the least alcohol of any Nordic nation.

#Icenews http://www.icenews.is/2009/05/18/nordic-...z4TTd5RLgT

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12-21-2016 05:28 PM#13
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
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Sunrise today at 10:14. Sunset today at 14:42. Length of day is 4 h 28 min.
12-21-2016 07:14 PM#14
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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RE: Wednesday December 21
And we're celebrating with some frosty beverages.

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12-21-2016 07:24 PM#15
Russian Agent GumbyIncognitoAnonymous
 
RE: Wednesday December 21
Woohoo ! Only 88 days left until the first day of spring ! yay.gif
12-21-2016 07:28 PM#16
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(12-21-2016 05:28 PM)Octo Wrote:  yup.gif


Sunrise today at 10:14. Sunset today at 14:42. Length of day is 4 h 28 min.

Actually, the length of day was 1 minute shorter yesterday 13.gif I bet it will be 4h 27 min tomorrow as well
12-25-2016 12:47 PM#17
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
Sunrise today at 10:15. Sunset today at 14:45. Length of day is 4 h 30 min.

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12-28-2016 09:42 PM#18
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
Sunrise today at 10:15. Sunset today at 14:49. Length of day is 4 h 34 min.
12-29-2016 03:46 AM#19
White Ribboncall me
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(12-28-2016 09:42 PM)Octo Wrote:  Sunrise today at 10:15. Sunset today at 14:49. Length of day is 4 h 34 min.

Sounds sunny.. do you ever go skiing? Or snow boarding?

It's 37C here today.. Heatwave about to set in..

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12-29-2016 09:39 AM#20
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
We don't have much snow and it's very flat here so snowboarding isn't that big. I'd rather go cross country skiing anyway.

It rained last night 13.gif


Sunrise today at 10:14. Sunset today at 14:50. Length of day is 4 h 36 min.
12-29-2016 09:51 AM#21
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(12-29-2016 09:39 AM)Octo Wrote:  We don't have much snow and it's very flat here so snowboarding isn't that big. I'd rather go cross country skiing anyway.

It rained last night 13.gif


Sunrise today at 10:14. Sunset today at 14:50. Length of day is 4 h 36 min.

Snowboarding is done here
family member of mine is very good at it
& has an awesome Board
As for cross country skiing..
damn thangs are awkward..
i left blue jean streaks all over the place
if ya know what i mean
bumped into a few trees
& will never do again.
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12-29-2016 01:33 PM#22
JayRodneyⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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RE: Wednesday December 21
rofl.gif @ blue jean streaks. Cross country is not as easy as it looks. It takes a while to get the rhythm going on, and then the slightest downhill can cause underwear streaks.

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01-11-2017 09:42 PM#23
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(12-21-2016 05:28 PM)Octo Wrote:  yup.gif


Sunrise today at 10:14. Sunset today at 14:42. Length of day is 4 h 28 min.

3 weeks later:

Sunrise today at 9:58. Sunset today at 15:18. Length of day is 5 h 20 min.

İmage
01-12-2017 12:17 AM#24
White Ribboncall me
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RE: Wednesday December 21
Wow, summer has arrived eh..

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01-12-2017 08:45 AM#25
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
Just 15 more hours of daylight before we declare summer

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01-12-2017 08:36 PM#26
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(01-11-2017 09:42 PM)Octo Wrote:  
(12-21-2016 05:28 PM)Octo Wrote:  yup.gif


Sunrise today at 10:14. Sunset today at 14:42. Length of day is 4 h 28 min.

3 weeks later:

Sunrise today at 9:58. Sunset today at 15:18. Length of day is 5 h 20 min.

İmage

Sunrise today at 9:56. Sunset today at 15:21. Length of day is 5 h 25 min.

Increasing by 5 minutes a day. Light speed.

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01-12-2017 08:39 PM#27
UniqueStrangerArt in my heart
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RE: Wednesday December 21
@ Octo. Is it getting warmer there year after year? I was wondering if the tick populations are getting worse too because it is here and the ticks are moving further North...a cause for concern because we are thinking of buying rural property.
01-12-2017 08:50 PM#28
OctoMother Superior
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RE: Wednesday December 21
It seems like it, but I remember warm winters from growing up too so I don't know. The past 10 years average temps don't look extreme at all.

We had a way worse tick problem living slightly further north here, they're a freakin abomination and I hate them. If the winters get really cold you'll have less problems with ticks, I've found ticks in April after mild winters sad2.gif
01-12-2017 09:43 PM#29
UniqueStrangerArt in my heart
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(01-12-2017 08:50 PM)Octo Wrote:  It seems like it, but I remember warm winters from growing up too so I don't know. The past 10 years average temps don't look extreme at all.

We had a way worse tick problem living slightly further north here, they're a freakin abomination and I hate them. If the winters get really cold you'll have less problems with ticks, I've found ticks in April after mild winters sad2.gif

I am not sure either, but on the news here, they are telling us that the tick population is moving further up North, where they never were before.
01-25-2017 08:20 PM#30
BerriesSunshine
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RE: Wednesday December 21
(01-12-2017 09:43 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote:  
(01-12-2017 08:50 PM)Octo Wrote:  It seems like it, but I remember warm winters from growing up too so I don't know. The past 10 years average temps don't look extreme at all.

We had a way worse tick problem living slightly further north here, they're a freakin abomination and I hate them. If the winters get really cold you'll have less problems with ticks, I've found ticks in April after mild winters sad2.gif

I am not sure either, but on the news here, they are telling us that the tick population is moving further up North, where they never were before.

I've heard from a lot of people that the tick populations have spread partly due to people not burning dead grass in springtime any longer. This used to be common practice here. There's no scientific evidence that it absolutely works but lots of anecdotes. I remember googling this once and found some swedish blog where horse owners had burned only one of two places where they let their horses graze and the unburned one had lots of ticks whereas the burned one had next to none.

About nuuttipukki, slavs have similar characters that I've seen on the net but they most often wear those kind of costumes around new years and in springtime celebrations.

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