12-24-2017, 01:16 AM
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Like many others, Norwegians feels the need for a mid winter bash or feast. Today we call it Jul (a word using the same root as the English Yule), but the basic concept is in other times and places known as Midwinter blot, Yule, Mōdraniht, Dísablót, Kwanzaa, Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or many other names. The basic concept remains the same; throw a big party at the darkest time of the year and hope that the sun takes the hint and starts to come back...
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In Norway, as in most of Germanic, non-Anglo-Saxon Northern Europe, Yule is celebrated on the 24th. The midwinter celebrations are a direct continuation of the old midwinterblót, given a somewhat thin christian veneer when Norway was christianised a millennia ago - but our habit of throwing a party when the sun turns goes back way beyond that.
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So to everyone on the 'Nook, I wish a God Jul and a Godt Nytt År.
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Or as they would say a millennia ago;
Til árs ok friðar*
*) To a good year and peace / friendship

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 12-24-2017, 01:28 AM
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Many thanks Hans! Wishing the same to you and your loved ones.


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 12-24-2017, 09:14 AM
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What a great OP - thanks!  Loved the background and photos - and sentiment.

It's Christmas (eve) here; we've snow on the ground so it's a genuine "white Christmas."  Special time for families, friends, neighbors, and all.

Visiting Norway has always been on my bucket list - it'd be even more special if I could visit there this time of year.

Hoping you and yours have a wonderful, special Christmas / Jul.

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 12-24-2017, 10:39 AM
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Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones as well Hans!

Too all my other fellow Nookers as well!

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 12-24-2017, 11:03 AM
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Merry Christmas Hans.  Those are great illustrations.

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 12-24-2017, 01:07 PM
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 In Danish..."glædelig jul" Hans!

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 12-24-2017, 02:01 PM
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Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Joyeaux Noel to all. A special blessing to our veterans and law enforcement. 

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 12-24-2017, 03:04 PM
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(12-24-2017, 02:01 PM)Steelman Wrote: Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Joyeaux Noel to all. A special blessing to our veterans and law enforcement. 

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 12-24-2017, 03:35 PM
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Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018 to all.  Loved the Norwegian perspective and the pictures.

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 12-24-2017, 03:57 PM
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(12-24-2017, 03:35 PM)Rufus Wrote: Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018 to all.  Loved the Norwegian perspective and the pictures.

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Happy Holidays to all!  Thanks for posting this Hans and all the best to you!

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