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12-20-2016, 11:04 PM #1
Octo Mother Superior
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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

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12-20-2016, 11:18 PM #2
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Merry Yule !
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12-20-2016, 11:34 PM #3
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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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12-20-2016, 11:50 PM #4
Octo Mother Superior
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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, 01:35 AM #5
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12-21-2016, 03:23 AM #6
Kreeper Griobhtha
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(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.

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12-21-2016, 12:37 PM #7
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here's our Dec 21st "down Under" 32c degrees

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12-21-2016, 12:44 PM #8
DaJavoo If looks could kilt
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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 #9
Kreeper Griobhtha
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(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!"

What politics from both sides wants to teach us is that things are never complex. If you have your little package and something doesn't fit into that package, You don't know what to make of it so you want to dismiss it or then you will have to do the work of reconsidering your assumptions. - Michael Malice
12-21-2016, 03:57 PM #10
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(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 #11
Octo Mother Superior
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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 #12
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And we're celebrating with some frosty beverages.

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12-21-2016, 07:24 PM #13
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Woohoo ! Only 88 days left until the first day of spring ! yay.gif
12-21-2016, 07:28 PM #14
Octo Mother Superior
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(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 #15
Octo Mother Superior
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Sunrise today at 10:15. Sunset today at 14:45. Length of day is 4 h 30 min.

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