Ho-ho-ho and a bottle of LSD spiked egg nog…welcome to another edition of 10 Interesting Things, featuring maurauding evil elves, rainbow coloured tinsel, yuletide kitsch and ephemera to tickle your fancy and hopefully make you chuckle (as if you haven’t been exposed to enough Christmas BS already)…perhaps you may blow chunks instead of chuckle…let me know your thoughts below!
A happy yuletide and I hope you enjoy this pagan calendar. Via Twitter
T’is the season for meows
She eats kids that don’t get new clothes for Christmas and is believed to be the pet of the giantess Grýla, mother of the Yule Lads.
Wassailing is an ancient pagan tradition that comes from Anglo-Saxon and means ‘good health. At Yule, waeshaelers would sing together loudly to banish away bad spirits and herald a season of good health for everyone in the community. It’s where caroling comes from. Via Twitter
I love this guy and his channel, it certainly has to be one of the most criminally underrated channels on YT, today he discusses a history of the word feast.
Twee mini Christmas jumpers made of clay
In Corsica, to be judged worthy to learn the secrets of the old healers & spell casters, some folk would rush from house to house to have 7 vigils before Midnight Mass; such knowledge could only be shared on Christmas night & only to those who had made the 7 vigils. Via the always fascinating blogger Bon Repos Gites.
This looks totally delish!
Kallikantzaros are Greek trouble-makers that saw through the world tree during Yule – if they succeed then the world collapses!
The Kallikantzaros are Greek, Serbian and Anatolian beings that work very hard underground sawing away at the world tree. If they succeed, then the earth will collapse! During the days of Christmas they come to the surface to torment humans. The world tree heals itself and they have to start all over again! It seems that they may be getting closer to achieving their goal. Via the always entertaining Signe Maene on Twitter and Wikipedia.
Baby Jesus wept to be upstaged by an overweight feline on the occasion of his birth. Via My Modern Met.
Merry Christmas and yuletide greetings to you and yours. I hope you have a restful and enjoyable break away from work and commitments, don’t do anything Santa’s elves wouldn ‘t do. I hope you enjoyed these, let me know if they tickled your fancy below…