10 Cool Things I Found On the Internet: Christmas 2020 Edition

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It has been a weird year I hope wherever you are, Yule gives you a moment to pause, reflect and eat something nice. May the gods bless you and those you love this Yule.

Santa invoking the dancing imps of hell

Ring the Bells by Jessica Marie Baumgartner

So right now I want to post about some nice ways people can make this time of year easier for those who are less fortunate (hopefully without tooting my own horn too much or virtue signalling like an asshole egotist).

There is nothing wrong with giving to feel good. Or doing something nice to elevate your own spirits. As long as you’re not doing it for publicity or whatever.

My eldest daughter has been having a rough go missing her friends throughout this year, and I’ve been missing some of our regular volunteer work since I had my youngest and our favorite animal shelter is running at low capacity due to covid. So we signed up for a bell ringing shift through the Salvation Army.

I haven’t done it in a few years and it’s always fun because I sing carols to everyone whether they donate or not.

Including my daughters this year (I left the toddler and baby home with the hubsy since the baby would just get cold and the toddler would steal the bell and run away) made it even more fun. The shifts are 3 hours long so I wanted to make sure they were old enough. We got out and sang to people. We smiled and laughed and got so many donations from others who laughed and thanked us as much as we thanked them.

The Icelandic Yulecat

Yuletide technicolour yawns via Adam Sharp

Aside from being Yule and the birth of baby Jesus, Christmas Day is also the day to exchange gifts, drink and then vomit somewhere discreetly. Here are some funny euphemisms used throughout the globe:

  1. Talking to God on the big white telephone (Ireland)
  2. Go through the drink list backwards (Ireland)
  3. Review the menu (Ireland)
  4. Make room for dessert (Ireland)
  5. Feed the fish (when at sea) (England)
  6. Do a 3D burp (Ireland)
  7. Open the technicolour fire hydrant (England)
  8. Yell at your shoes (Ireland)
  9. Lay the fox (France)
  10. Throw a pie (Czech Republic)
  11. Shout for Gregory (Portugal)
  12. Call for the moose (Norway)
  13. Speak Norwegian (Finland)
  14. Cast out the squid (Spanish)
  15. Flay the goat (Wales)
  16. To feed the dog (french)
  17. Fare i gattini (make kittens) – Tuscany
  18. To give it to the ducks. (“A da la rațe”). Romania
  19. Park the Tiger (Australian)
  20. Technicoloured yawn (Australian)
  21. Blowing chunks (Australian)
  22. Park a custard (Australian)
  23. Liquid laugh (Australian)
  24. Calling up Ruth (Australian)
Via Adam Sharp on Twitter

Do you have any other funny sayings for vomiting?

A language map of Christmas

Via Twitter

Santa visits Queensland in the 1930’s

Vintage 1930’s Santa images used in The Queenslander – a weekly literary magazine of the Brisbane Courier newspaper, Australia. Some have a summer theme and some are a bit creepy, or a bit of both. Source: State Library of Queensland (out of copyright).

Via Twitter

Summer Solstice on the Māori calendar via Māori news

On the Māori calendar each year during the month of December, the Southern Hemisphere bares witness to the summer solstice.

Atea a Rangi Star Compass by Content Catnip 2014

Piripi Smith or Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Raukawa says, “This is the time when the Antares star rises, the summer star. It’s also when the Sun unites with the Goddess of the Summer.”

“For the Napier locals, an opportunity to see for the first time how their new celestial star compass connects them to a calendar used by Māori.” 

Matiu Nohokau Eru of Ngāti Kahungunu and Tūhoe says “We’re here today, to acknowledge the uniting of Anatares and Hineraumati. There’s a rock over there, the summer solstice rock and it marks the place where the Antares star and the sun will rise.”

Witty Comedian Greig Johnson’s rambling old-fashioned BBC Christmas announcement

I love how he talks a whole lot of shite and yet it all makes complete sense when you listen!

Cat versus Krampus

Feline 1, Krampus Nil.

Cat versus Krampus via Undine on Twitter

This giant crocheted Christmas tree in Italy

A history of Yule and Christmas from the Neolithic to today

The origins of Christmas stretch back thousands of years to prehistoric celebrations around the midwinter solstice. And many of the traditions we cherish today have been shaped by centuries of changing beliefs, politics, technology, taste and commerce. 

Visit English Heritage to discover the history of Christmas through the ages, starting around 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic. 

Via English Heritage

Yuleshard. n. a person ill-prepared for Christmas #OldWeirdScotland

Being tipped upsidedown is just par for the course when you’re a polar bear wrangler.

Via Old Weird Scotland on Twitter

An evil clown wishes you Merry Christmas

He looks slightly worried though that you don’t take him seriously enough as a serial killer, so please put his mind at ease.

How to make a Christmas gin punch by English Heritage

As if you needed any other reason to have some gin on Xmas day

Paris at Christmas time in 1962

Paris at Christmas time in 1962

Christmas music from the Middle Ages

Luminous Edinburgh Christmas market in 2012

The year of knee deep snow and a lot of preventative whisky hot toddies.

A recipe for Christmas gingerbread by Townsends

When your Christmas lunch turns on you…

Revenge of the poultry!

Originally tweeted by Undine (@HorribleSanity) on 06/12/2020.

Playing scrabble with your bassett hounds

These three are all good boys and this is the most wholesome thing I’ve seen in ages…

Originally tweeted by Doc Kevin Lee Elder (@DocKevinElder) on 15/12/2020.

A woman with her sculpture of a shark devouring a gingerbread man

Found on Reddit

Christmas in Russia

Minus 20 degree days of snow could almost be bearable with this kind of decoration going on!

Found on Reddit

What do you think? Hope you enjoyed these and that wherever you are in the world, you’re having a good day for Yule/Christmas!

8 thoughts on “10 Cool Things I Found On the Internet: Christmas 2020 Edition

  1. Another eclectic bag of festive treats here!! Merry Christmas to you!!

  2. Sean Crawley – Australia – I write short stories, songs, non-fiction and the odd angry letter. Writing happens early in the morning at my desk which is currently located somewhere on the easy coast of Australia.
    Sean Crawley says:

    Merry Christmas Athena.
    When I see a vomit on a footpath, typically on a Sunday morning walk, I say, “Look, a street pizza!”

    1. Content Catnip – Catnip, The World. – Digital dawdler, foodie, bookworm, culture vulture, rainbow lorikeet perennially in love with the arts, history and science. Constantly seeking inspiring people, knowledge and places.
      Content Catnip says:

      Merry Christmas to you too Sean I hope you have some nice times and food with your family. Glad you found this post amusing, I love the street pizza thing hehehe I have seen a few of those recently, Christmas street pizzas must be the time of year, hehe what a generous gift….a street pizza

      1. Sean Crawley – Australia – I write short stories, songs, non-fiction and the odd angry letter. Writing happens early in the morning at my desk which is currently located somewhere on the easy coast of Australia.
        Sean Crawley says:

        All my best festive season wishes for you and your clan, over there across the Tasman Sea.

  3. Neriman K., PhD – The United States – I'm a researcher, writer, teacher, and a comparatist--one who truly believes that discourse precedes action. I read and write to make meaning of the world I live in-- to explore what it means to live a meaningful life. On 'Reading Under the Olive Tree,' I write about what I read: all the books that are helping me shift my perception about a meaningful life, home, identity and what it means to belong. I write to bridge the gap between theory and popular discourse and to offer insight into the powerful connection between fiction and truth.
    Neriman K., PhD says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, friend To a better new year!

    1. Content Catnip – Catnip, The World. – Digital dawdler, foodie, bookworm, culture vulture, rainbow lorikeet perennially in love with the arts, history and science. Constantly seeking inspiring people, knowledge and places.
      Content Catnip says:

      Merry Christmas to you too my lovely friend, yes cheers to a much better new year and thank you for reading

  4. The last image is gorgeous!
    As a non-fan of freezing temperatures, I’m happy to enjoy the visuals in image form rather than in person.

    1. Content Catnip – Catnip, The World. – Digital dawdler, foodie, bookworm, culture vulture, rainbow lorikeet perennially in love with the arts, history and science. Constantly seeking inspiring people, knowledge and places.
      Content Catnip says:

      He he he, thank you I am so glad you like it Gia, yes I must admit I’m the same, I love looking at snow but from inside a warm and cosy room though not outside! Thank you for reading 🙂

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