24 December 2009
Seasons Greeting from Cycle Chic!
At the exact time that this post goes live I'll be seated at mother-in-law's amazing yule dinner table. It's a legendary spread. Roast pork and roast duck with potatoes, candied potatoes, red cabbage and gravy, among other things.
Afterwards it's rice pudding with an single almond hidden inside. Whoever gets the almond in their portion gets a present.
After dinner we decorate the tree and light the candles on it. Then we sing and dance around the tree. 'Dance' is really a funny word to use, but that's what it's called. We hold hands and walk around the tree. The songs are mostly childrens songs for the benefit of the kids. Then... finally... we sit in the living room and open our presents.
At some point, Father Christmas comes by, in the form of a friend of ours. He gives presents to the kids. Then yours truly pops down to his house to put on the costume and do the same for their kids.
We didn't fancy the idea of getting a christmas tree this year so I'll have to reblog the above, me and the kids heading home with the tree.
The seasonal celebration is called 'jul' in Denmark, from the Old Norse 'jól'. It lives on in English with 'yule'. Originally a pagan festival celebrated at this time of year, the christian influence highjacked the ceremony but the original name lives on. Kind of like the pagan symbol of fertility for the spring festivals - the hare - who still shows up at easter.
December 25 was the first day of the pagan calendar and people used to celebrate all night long to honour the 'divine mothers'.
Here's some more photos of bicycles and christmas trees.
Cycle Chic wishes you all a very happy season and thanks to all our readers!