Christmas Traditions from the Vikings – AleHorn – Viking Drinking Horn Vessels and Accessories

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Christmas Traditions from the Vikings

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS FROM THE VIKINGS

Happy yule, everyone! The Yuletide was originally celebrated by ancient Germanic peoples including Celts and Vikings, and by others all around Europe, long before the Christian Holiday. In Scandanavia in particular, Yule celebrations predate the celebration of Christmas as we know it by thousands of years.

As Europeans converted to Christianity, solstice celebrations waned but many ancient yule traditions stuck around.

MISTLETOE

In Scandinavian mythology, Balder, the god of light and goodness, was slain by an arrow poisoned with misletoe. When his mother Frigga cried for him, her tears fell on red berries, turning them white. The white berries then became powerful enough to resurrect Balder. It was used a symbol of renewal and resurrection, fitting right in with the modern Christmas holiday.

SANTA CLAUS

During the Yule celebrated by Germanic people, many believed that ghost sightings and supernatural occurences happened much more often than during the rest of

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