Dec 25, 2012 at 4:35 am #1297349
Martin Van LaarhovenParticipant
Take a moment today to be thankful for the true meaning of Christmas. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
vtrekDec 25, 2012 at 5:00 am #1938098
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Merry Christmas to you too Martin! My youngest litle girl just woke up the others. Good stuff.
ToddDec 25, 2012 at 5:00 am #1938099
@cooldripLocale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
And Merry Christmas to you Martin! May peace reign today!Dec 25, 2012 at 5:05 am #1938101
@fredmax56Locale: New England
Merry Christmas to one and all-FredDec 25, 2012 at 6:17 am #1938107
All I asked for was for it to snow this Christmas – and snow it did! Hope everyone enjoys this glorious day!Dec 25, 2012 at 7:49 am #1938117
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas!Dec 25, 2012 at 9:14 am #1938127
Merry Christmas to All. Have a safe and happy holiday.
ChrisDec 25, 2012 at 9:23 am #1938129
@slackpackerLocale: Piedmont NC
Merry Christmas everyone! God bless and don't forget to reflect on the most beautiful gift given this day!Dec 25, 2012 at 9:43 am #1938133
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
Thank you so much for starting this thread!
Merry Christmas to everyone.
NewtonDec 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm #1938156
@hhopeLocale: East Bay
Take a moment today to be thankful for the true meaning of Christmas.
Hear hear, thanks for the reminder to remember the true meaning of the harvest / solstice celebration of Scandinavia/Scotland, etc. And I'm sure many other regions far enough North to make such a time of the year make sense.
"Jul" or "Jol" is derived from Norse "Jòlnir" or "Ýlir", which ar alternate names of Odin. It was the second moon (from new moon to new moon) of the winter half of the year – roughly from the new moon of November to the new moon of December. At this time, the animals for slaughter were the fattest, flour had been processed, all the work of autumn was completed, and it was time to celebrate.
The time of celebration has varied, though written sources, such as the legislation of Gulating, it was mandatory for farmers to have a beer drinking party with at least three farmers attending. If a farmer was so far away from his neighbours that this was difficult, he still had to brew as much beer as if he had been taking part of such a party. The beer should be ready by November 1st.
It's a bit hard for our modern culture to get the notion of harvest / end of producing year celebrations, but I wholeheartedly agree that it's a great idea to be thankful for the true meaning of this time of year, another year has passed, and if we still have time to post in backpacking forums about arcana of light gear and techniques, I'd say that's a good sign that our modern day harvest of work worked out for yet another year, something that, speaking for myself, never ceases to absolutely amaze me.
Now to prepare the traditional jul rice porridge offering to make sure the household spirits continue to cooperate with my endeavors (Nisser, in Norwegian, a term I've never really found a good translation for). Jule Nisse is what we made our Santa Claus out of, while some researchers now believe those flying reindeer might have been more real than we think.
So raise a glass to another year's harvest brought in, the animals fattened, the stores filled with wheat and other grains, and the brew brewing as required by traditions existing long before our most distant relatives were yet twinkles in their parents eyes.Dec 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm #1938165
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Finally got a Melanzana Micro Grid hoodie…… spending time with my family was nice too. ;-)Dec 25, 2012 at 10:34 pm #1938222
Merry Christmas all! And thanks for all the help, encouragement, and fun reading. May your packs be light, your trails long, and your discoveries amazing!
KevinDec 26, 2012 at 2:32 am #1938235
@mattgugelLocale: Kanangra-Boyd NP
Merry Xmas from Down Under.
Going to spend the next 10 days in our "mountains" – in Kosciuszko NP. Can't wait, just got a new Tarptent Stratospire 2 to use!
Hope everyone has a safe Xmas and New Year.Dec 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm #1938697
@dgfleagleLocale: Pennsylvania Ridge and Valley
Merry Christmas to the BPL community. Many of you have outfitted me, and even more have inspired me.
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