Tag Archives: Christmas

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Celebrating Old Christmas Day (links post)

In my house we’ve always kept our Christmas tree up until January 6th, or Old Christmas Day. This is the last of the twelve days of Christmas, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany. Traditionally, people stopped work for the 12 days, putting aside time to socialize and have some fun.

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Happy christmas, everyone!

A Mummer’s Parade!! Hand-Carved/Hand-Painted by Cara and Pam for Mummer’s The Word!

(From The Grumpy Goat Blog)

It isn’t Christmas without Mummers!

The Mummers’ Festival Page
CBC Coverage of this year’s parade
And a travel blogger’s reaction to the parade

The image at the top comes from the CBC blog. Click here to see more.

Perchta, Holda and the Wild Hunt

When we think of the Wild Hunt, we think of Odin, or his Germanic counterpart Woden. However, he was not the Hunt’s only leader. In this post I want to look at Perchta and Holda, and the specially feminine spin they gave their midwinter rout.

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Sheep and Goats in Norse Myth and Life

Sheep and goats were both common food animals during the Iron Age, although oddly enough there are no images of sheep from the pre-Christian period. There aren’t a lot of goats, either, but there are a few among the rock carvings on the west coast of Sweden and the east central part. The same holds true for the myths: few goats, but no sheep.

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