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Christmas Traditions


The boys are here dressed as a horrifying mix of various Scandinavian Christmas traditions.

The goat costumes are from the Christmas billy-goat. It’s the oldest Christmas tradition in Scandinavia, and most likely predates Christianity, and is therefore a heathen tradition that was simply absorbed by the new religion in these parts of the world. Usually it’s made of straw http://baeklund-design.dk/julebukke-i-straa but in some families people even dress up as it.

The candles are from Santa Lucia procession http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2-Q_ObdE-4&feature A Swedish tradition that has spread to the rest of Scandinavia, though it remains most popular in Sweden where girls from all over the country compete to become the Lucia of the year.

And finally the flags as decoration on the tree is a Danish tradition that started during the Nazi’s time in Denmark where the Danes weren’t allowed to use their flag, and therefore used it as a Christmas decoration. This later spread to the rest of Scandinavia.

In the December calendar picture on http://humoncomics.com/shop/supporter the traditions are separated, with Denmark showing of his beloved Christmas beer, and added Finland as Santa because in Finland they take Santa very seriously, and Iceland with a baby doll in his mouth because in Iceland they have 13 Santas and they don’t just give naughty kids coal, their mother eats them! (The picture isn’t up yet, but will be tomorrow).


30th November 2010

Tagged in Vatican Denmark Sweden Norway


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1 month ago #9551657        
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Once at school this girl said she was Santa and people started to line up to sit on her lap and tell her what they wanted and she'd always change it to something really messed up. I asked for a pony and she said she was going to bring one in and kill it in front of me for christmas so that I can crawl inside of it and use it as a costume to go around and steal people's souls through their eye sockets.



10 months ago #9454035        
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We don't have krampus in sweden; (at least not that i know of) (and i don't think we believe santa lives in sweden either) But we used to have a christmas goat for whatever reason.

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1 year ago #9383742        
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Final picture of Vatican cringing in the corner is too funny !



4 days ago #9565216        
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Baa Humbug.

Moo. Mint Imperials.



27 days ago #9556006        
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Well, Vatican shouldn't have visited anyway. He'd get disappointed, they're mostly Protestant not Catholic. But I can't help think that he'd be more disappointed if he went to America. The Christmas spirit is thoroughly dead there. It's all buying and commercials and more buying.



1 month ago #9548706        
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Why is Vatican visiting Scandinavia? Norway, Sweden, and Denmark are all Protestant (even if only nominally).



4 months ago #9515688        
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Vatican looks adorable in the last panel... ^-^



5 months ago #9500437        
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Let us all pray for the sake of his sanity, kay?

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5 months ago #9500436        
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Let us all



6 months ago #9491175        
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In my family we still have the billy goat tradition ^^



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