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Scary Santa lurks in Finland's past

  1. Dec 24, 2004 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    How about it Janus, should we revive our Finnish traditions?

    http://www.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle.jhtml?type=topNews&storyID=641105
     
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  3. Dec 24, 2004 #2

    Integral

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    Just one more hint that the people trying to but "Christ back into Christmas" don't have a clue. In spite of the name, Christ has Never been a significant feature of "Christmas". Our founding fathers did not celebrate the holiday, which had been OUTLAWED by the Puritans, and in fact, the US congress was in session and working on 25 Dec until well into the 19th century. The US has created the modern Christmas within the last 100yrs, taking customs from all over Europe, and only from Christianity. The modern venison of Santa Clause, reindeer and all, started with the poem "T'was the night before Christmas". The historic roots are closer to the Finnish version cited by Ivan.

    So people wanting to but "Christ back in Christmas are simply showing their ignorance of history" The true reason for the season is indeed the birthday of the SUN.

    CELEBRATE THE SOLSTICE!
     
  4. Dec 24, 2004 #3

    Math Is Hard

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    What a coincidence - my uncle Pete used to do the same thing every Christmas (before he got sober).
    And we're not even Finnish.
     
  5. Dec 24, 2004 #4
    Where is the bus to Finland's past?

    Any place where drunken, nasty old goats are allowed to hurl insults and frighten small children can’t be all bad, lol.
     
  6. Dec 25, 2004 #5

    Janus

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    Added P.S.

    We actually have a "Yule Goat" (made of straw) under our tree.

    However, though I am bearded, and somewhat "portly", I think that my donning horns and animal hide, covering my face with soot, and then travelling from house to house frightening children with wild dancing and singing, all the while demanding offerings of food and booze, just might put off the neighbors (They're kind of funny that way).

    P.S. Less than 3 months to St. Urho's Day!
     
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  7. Dec 25, 2004 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    Do you think you would fit in well there? :biggrin:
     
  8. Dec 25, 2004 #7

    Ivan Seeking

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    :surprised I've been out Finned!!!
     
  9. Dec 25, 2004 #8

    Monique

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    But remember: it were the Dutch who brought the legend of Sinterklaas to America :wink: where it took on a life of it's own and became Santa Claus. We still only celebrate Sinterklaas, I've never seen Santa Claus walking around in the Netherlands..
    So exactly what IS the source? As far as I know, it's a celebration of a bishop from Myra in Turkey who saved his village from hunger, who gave presents and weddingtreasures to poor girls. He died on the 6th of december, which is remembered by giving presents to children as he did in his life.
     
  10. Dec 25, 2004 #9
    I love it! :rolleyes:
    :rofl: Yeah, wouldn't want to do that;
    https://www.physicsforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=253
    (I'm thinking horns just might add a crowning touch) :tongue:
     
  11. Dec 25, 2004 #10
    I was thinking there might be more of a chance, yes. :biggrin:
     
  12. Dec 26, 2004 #11

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    Anyone with an unhealthy drinking habit fits right in here :biggrin: and is immediately a valued and admired member of the community. And from what I've gathered seeing tanked up Santas even nowadays ain't that uncommon. It's good to know some still uphold traditions. And of course they all live in Korvatunturi.
     
  13. Dec 28, 2004 #12

    Phobos

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    Hey! My ancestry is 1/8th Finnish...can I get a yule goat costume too?
     
  14. Dec 28, 2004 #13

    Evo

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    I think it's time we revive the Yule Goat tradition here in America. :biggrin:
     
  15. Dec 28, 2004 #14

    Tsu

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    Here's mine:
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  16. Dec 28, 2004 #15

    Evo

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    That's too cute!!!! I want something scarier. :devil:
     
  17. Dec 28, 2004 #16

    Ivan Seeking

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    I'll send you a picture of Bun. :bugeye:
     
  18. Dec 28, 2004 #17

    Evo

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    Can you add a goatee and horns? :biggrin:
     
  19. Dec 29, 2004 #18

    Tsu

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    No need to... :biggrin:
     
  20. Dec 29, 2004 #19

    Ivan Seeking

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    Bun!!! :eek: :eek: :surprised :surprised :surprised

    [​IMG]
     
  21. Dec 29, 2004 #20

    Evo

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    Whoa, that's scary!!! :surprised :rofl:
     
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