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December 22nd, 2021

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It's December 22nd, 2021

Dear readers,

It's the Wednesday before Christmas! If you don't celebrate Christmas, like me, it's still a festive time of year with lots to be thankful for.

Although, personally, I've been having a bit of trouble getting into the holiday spirit.

To help kick things off, the first thing I plan on doing is dedicating this issue of the New Yak Times to Christmas. A holiday that's been stealing traditions from Yule (what I observe) for thousands of years.

More in my update.

Let's get into it!

  • Why Does Santa Have Reindeer?
  • Why Do We Put Up Trees?
  • Naughty Or Nice?
  • The War On Yule
  • Tobias's Yule Traditions

Why Does Santa Have Reindeer?

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  • The reindeer and their names as seen today first appear in the poem, "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moorea as a silly story created to entertain his young daughters.
  • When the poem was originally published in 1823, it told of eight reindeer, including two named Dunder and Blixem. Over time, as Clement and others rewrote the poem, Dunder and Blixem slowly became Donner and Blitzen.
  • However, the most famous reindeer is the 9th, Rudolph "The Red Nose" Reindeer, who was added to the bunch in 1939. A department store created the story of Rudolph and his red nose as a marketing campaign.
'Twas the night before Christmas >>

Why Do We Put Up Trees

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Talking Points:

  • Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it.
  • In the 16th century, Martin Luther first added lighted candles to a tree. Walking toward his home one winter evening, he was awed by passersby because of the brilliance of the "stars" twinkling amidst evergreen. Safe to say, everyone wanted to recreate Luther's twinkly tree for their family.
  • Though, many 19th-century Americans still found Christmas trees an oddity. In as late as the 1840s, Christmas trees were seen as pagan symbols. It wasn't until the early 20th century that Christmas trees became fashionable following an influx of German and Irish immigrants.
The history of the Rockefeller Christmas tree >>

Naughty Or Nice?

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Talking Points:

  • The "Naughty Or Nice" list is a bit more complicated than some of the other Christmas traditions. The list comes from an amalgamation of various folklore and real people's traditions... some of which are pretty disturbing.
  • Part of the list's history comes from the Norse god, Odin, who would fly around on an eight-legged horse listening through various chimneys to discover who was good or bad.
  • Other parts of the list's history come from a fourth-century bishop: St Nicholas, who was known for helping those in need... he would also come to people's houses and take children away in bags who were mischievous.
The history of St. Nicholas >>

The War On Yule

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Talking Points:

  • I couldn't do a Christmas issue of The Times without mentioning the "War On Christmas." This is a meme newsletter after all. You've probably heard/seen people say it's a war on Christmas in response to pretty much anything that's not explicitly Christmas-themed during this time of year. If you haven't, just turn on Fox News.
  • Some may be surprised to learn that the real war is on Yule. Yule is the celebration of the winter solstice, which predates Christmas by thousands of years. Yule is where almost every single modern Christmas tradition originated from.
  • To think this time of year should be anything other than a celebration of the winter solstice and time for rituals that appease the gods of light so the year's harvest is bountiful is simply outrageous.
Learn more about Yule >>

Tobias's Yule Traditions

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Oliver Charles update

Ahhh, the season of Yule, or should I say, the celebration of the winter solstice.

Unfortunately, Yule has been completely taken over by Christmas, but there are still many ancient Yule traditions that I enjoy.

During Yule, the ancient Norsemen of Scandinavia would light logs on fire and feast until they burnt out. These logs were naturally called, "Yule Logs."

I plan to do the same as the ancient Norsemen but with a modern twist. Rather than light a Yule Log, I've downloaded an iPhone app with a burning log and will feast until my phone runs out of battery.

It will be a great feast consisting of traditional Yule boar and mead.

On another note, last night I left my shoes by the fireplace full of hay and sugar for Odin's eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, to feed on as it passed by.

This morning I was pleased to find both the hay and sugar gone.

Happy Yule,

Until next time, keep building 💪.

Tobias
CMO @ Oliver Charles
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