A Good Yule I wish You all.
And so it’s here again, the holiday we all say we celebrate in the honor of the birth of Jesus Christ. But to be honest does anyone really do that? We might go to church and send him a thought but the rest is really against most of what he preached 🙂 I have absolutely nothing against how we celebrate this holiday but shouldn’t we all really admit that we have this holiday to spoil each other with gifts and just have a good time 🙂 There’s nothing wrong in doing that to be honest 🙂
As You all know by now we don’t have santa here, we have the Yule Gnome. He does look just the same as Santa Claus though. But before him we had the Yule Goat giving away the presents here. Usually it was someone having a goats head made of straw on his head or even a stuffed goats head. The goat has a long tradition here and goes way back to the old Norse gods (Asagudarna) we had here before. It was goats that pulled the carriage with Thor, the thunder god (amongst other things). He drove his carriage over the sky and waved his hammer so that lightning started.
When the gnome took his part in the present giving he became the one pulling the gnomes sled instead. Then the horse took that part and now he’s just a symbol made of straw in most homes 🙂 The reindeer is rather new to be honest, at least in this country and I think that has to do with Disney. Every Yule eve since over 50 years back we’ve celebrated Yule with an hour of Disney characters and it is still one of the absolutely most popular programs during the year. Most wait to eat the Yule bord until Donald Duck and his friends is over 🙂
Another very important Yule symbol is the pig. Yule isn’t for real until we have that first slice of Yule ham 🙂 Not a thin slice but very thick and I love to have beetroot salad to it on a slice of vörtbröd (a bread flavored with worth according to google translator 🙂 ). But the pig has as old ancestry as the goat actually. It was the boar Särimner that lived with the fallen warriors in Valhall. They slaughtered him every night and every morning he came back. This could only continue as long as every single bone was saved till the next day.
The first Christmas tree, or the Yule Spruce as we call it, was placed in a mansion 1741 ( in the beginning they used to be rather small placed in pots, just like I have done this year. But I had no idea about that until today 🙂 ), before that we had decorated with twigs and branches and usually we did that as a wish for a coming fertile year, both when it came to children and the farms. Today I read that the reason they decorated the Yule Spruces with apples was so that the branches should hang more straight so that they could have small candles in them. Otherwise the candle would lean and burn down to quickly.
It was rather chilly this morning when we started our walk, I think there might have been frost during the night because the ground was a bit crispy when we walked on the grass. The sky was cloudy but since we’ve come home the sun has started to show itself, this will be a wonderful Yule eve. This is our big day and later lots of homes will get a visit from the Yule Gnome, he scared the shit out of me when I was a kid to be honest 🙂 🙂 🙂 and it was a relief to know that he actually wasn’t real 🙂
It’s time to have a sandwich or two, today with Yule ham and beetroot salad and perhaps a meatball or two 🙂
Have a Good Yule!