Creepy Christmas: Part 4: The Witches Of Christmas!

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Today is the last Sunday of Advent!
Tomorrow is Christmas eve  , and here in Norway , that`s the day when we all gather for dinner and open presents!

Christmas starts at 5pm , then we all eat as much food as we possible can  , before opening the presents around 8pm.

So in this last Part of Creepy Christmas , here is a post about The Witches of Christmas and some other Creepy Norse Christmas creatures!

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As you may know , Norway has an ancient history.
Some of it bloody. And so most of our tales and legends , have quite the scary touch to them.
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Åsgårdsreia by Peter Nicolai Arbo

And Christmas time is no different.
Usually , all of the tales and legends hail from the times of when Norse mythology roamed.

As the legend has it , this time of year , the spirits of the dead gets more restless , and angry. Witches also start to appear more frequently.

Åsgårdsreia

The most know legend is the one about Åsgårdsreia. They are a bunch of restless spirits , who comes riding at night , around Christmas times.

If you have not had the time to finish all your chores before Christmas , lets just say that`s where the trouble starts.
When you are sleeping tight , and with no worries at all , you start hearing hoofs and bells approaching . But its not Santa.
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«Julereia» (1922) by Nils Bergslien

It`s Åsgårdsreia. The legion of restless , angry souls , who are here to collect your sleeping soul , to be doomed to travel with them , on their furious ride thru the skies. Forever.
To stop that from happening , one could save oneself with drawing tare crosses on every door you had. Even the livestock would need the tare cross , to stay safe.

Gandferd

You also have the legend of the Gandferd!
Were in stead of Ghost riding together , you had WITCHES, That`s right : WITCHES.
And this part is pretty cool you guys.
This legend is from Norse times , and it is said to be the legend where broom riding Witches , comes from!
Just imagine hearing their evil laughter , as they fly above your house.
The fear and panic as they rip your home and stuff apart .

Hide Your Brooms! The Christmas Witches are coming!

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This next one , is an old tradition.

It is as simple as hiding all your brooms. Cause on Christmas eve ( Tomorrow) , the witches comes out to play!
It is said that these witches can not walk on the bare earth , without dying. So to get around , they need to steal brooms from unknowing Norwegians. Don`t worry tho , I always make sure to place out the 3 brooms I have , every Christmas eve. Last year I even decorated them with light strings. What a sight that would have been!

The brooms would usually be hidden in closets and drawers.

Also , Empty presents would be placed out under the Christmas tree , as the witches LOVES to exchange the presents with frogs and rats. Yes , RATS.

So remember to put out some brooms for your fellow Witches!
Merry Yule everyone!

Creepy Christmas: Part 3: The Yule Goat !

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Have you ever wondered why goats are so popular during Christmas time?

Well , here in Norway at least , they have to do with ancient Norse tradition going back to before Christianity invaded the pagan religions .

So , Between Christmas and 1st of January , people wearing masks and costumes , will go door to door, and have the neighbors have a guess at who it is that are under the masks! Singing Christmas songs is also a common thing to do , and is usually rewarded with candy. This tradition is very similar to Halloween!
And in some places , it is normal for a person form each visited house , to join the posse on its way to the next house. And so it goes on.

Julebukking is a pre-Christian pagan ritual. “Yule goat” originated right here in Norway, from the time when we all were pagans , and worshiped Thor: THE GOD OF THUNDERRRRR . He was quite the man , cause he traveled in a chariot , pulled by GOATS. Two awesome goats.

So during the Yule tide, we filthy pagans ,would disguise ourselves ,with a goats skin over our backs and go from house to house ,carrying a severed goats head. .I know WTF.
In these modern days , the yule goat is a dying tradition , but it is still super popular in Alaska! Scandinavian immigrants brought the tradition over , you`re welcome!

But there is still a jule bukk symbol left , that you will almost definitely find in every Norwegian home during Christmas: The Straw Goat!

It comes in many shapes , colors and sizes. And it usually has a red silk ribbon tied around it.

I buy a new one every Christmas , My favorite one so far , is this little black one , named Philip :

So I hope you all will have an amazing Yule and stay safe from the yuletide spirits!

Happy LussiNight! Will her ghost white, distorted face be looking in your window tonight?

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Happy Lussinight !

That is if you have done all your pre – Christmas chores!

Is everything ready?

Have you cleaned every corner of your house ?

Have you baked all the cookies?

If the answer is NO to one of the above. Well ,you better get a move on , to prevent a visit from the demon vette Lucci!

Lussi is said to have been created from a mix of st.Lucia and Lucifer . Crazy , right?!

She usually shows up on the night to the 13th of December .
This is the longest AND darkest night of the year. So it is a perfect fit for something like her to make an apperence.

She comes to check that ALL Christmas preparations are in order . She tastes the homemade beer , food and if she found anyone still working after sundown , all hell would break loose.

Lussi would bring her ogre ( figuratively) looking friends , and wreck your house and barn. Cause if you have not finished making everything in order by now , what does it matter if she just makes it a bit worse , just to make a point?
She and her crew were known to run across your roofs , come down the chimney , and hurt whatever poor soul who was present . Her white, distorted face could also be seen squeezed against windows.

If she was not happy enough about the Christmas preparations , she would cry out a warning: “Inkje bryg, inkje baga, inkje store eld hava !! ( Nothing Brewed , nothing Baked , No big fires lit”
They could even hurt the farm animals , if they felt like it.
But another fun fact here , is that this night , was also the ONE night a year , all animals could talk to each other. So one could only imagine the confusion going on if Lussi got her hands on one of them.:
Horse:” Where did Carl go? ”
Cow:” I don`t know , he was here 2 seconds ago!”
Pig: “Is that him there ,standing on the ceiling ?”
*Carl casually flies by*

To protect yourself against this demonic presence , you could either carve or paint with tare , crosses into your doors ,. Or have anything made of steel by hand , I know what you`re thinking : GET THE SALT ,SAMMY! , or even lit candles would help as protection! And of course, the most common warning , that would usually keep you safe: STAY INSIDE.

Happy Lussinight!
Stay safe!

Christmas Horror Movies

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Some of my favorite horror movies , are Christmas themed!

Some must watch Love actually , The Christmas Prince etc , to get the Christmas spirit , but me? Give me a Christmas Horror Story!

I bet a lot of you probably also have the same Christmas rituals , where these listed movies are included!

1: Krampus

2: Daddy`s Home 2

3: A very Supernatural Christmas

4: Rare Exports

5:Black Christmas

6: Silent Night

7: Gremlins

8: A Christmas Horror Story

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Creepy Christmas : Part 2: A Merry JÒl !

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Believe it or not,Vikings started a lot of the Christmas traditions we see today.
Actually , the old Viking Christmas celebration is quite like the modern one.

As you might know , the pagan/ old Germanic folks called Christmas for Yule. And Yule comes from the Norse word JÒl or JÒlablot , and is almost identical to the modern Norwegian word : Jul !

The Vikings started their celebration on the 21st of December and partied hard for 12 straight days. Sound familiar?

Christmas Trees

Another thing the vikings did , was to decorate ever green trees !

Since the trees stayed green and healthy all year thru , they become a symbol of good health and fortune , so when JÒl arrived , they would decorate the trees with carved figurines and gifts , for the spirit in the trees , to grow and prospure to the next spring.
Holly Christmas Wreath!

The Vikings love for ever green plants , did`nt end there!

They made round wreathes out of Holly . The circle symbolising the start and end of a years cycle. They then placed them over their doors for protection against evil spirits.

Same with the mistletoe!

I really hope you all have a safe and creepy Christmas!

Happy Krampusnacht! The Christmas Devil is here!

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Krampus is the famous Christmas devil!

He is a figure/creature with a very devilish look . Krampus is also described as a half goat half demon looking beast with archhorn , whom appears in the early days the Christmas season.
Krampus comes along with his counterpart: St. Nikolas, the dude that the modern Santa we know today is based of ! They both arrive on December 6th (sometimes Krampus shows up on the night to December 6th , December 5th) , were St.Nikolas gives out presents for the “good” kids , and leaves Krampus to do the dirty work , and has the job of scaring and punishing the “bad” ones. May even eat some of them.

Krampus has existed since the middle ages , and has be known under many different names during the years.

In the cities surrounding the Alpine region , there is an annual parade , just for Krampus himself! People dress up as Krampus with horns, pelts , scary devil masks and goes lurking and creeping around throughout the streets .With the bells ringing, whips lashing and screams filling the night . This phenomenon is also occuring in Germany every year , and its called Krampuslauf (Krampusrun)!

Exchanging Krampuskarten ( Krampus Cards) during the beginning of Christmas time , is also still a thing the Scandinavians do , which is pretty cool!

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just have to say , the Krampus part of the pagan Pre- Christmas times ,has always been my favorite parts of Christmas.
And every year , on night to December 6th , I put on all the Krampus movies I have (even tho , my favorite is the Michael Dougherty one ) ,and have a blast watching this Christmas devil doing his own version of Christmas!

So , based on the nice-o metre: who would you get a visit from on December 6th?
The nice Satan , ops , SANTA , or the creepy Krampus?

Hope you all are enjoying the holidays!
Merry KrampusNacht everyone!

Spooky Advent: The Northern Advent Star !

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I do not know , how many of you have this kind of decoration in your window during Christmas time?

An illuminated star , made out of paper , plastic , glass or steel. It can be bought in all kinds of colors . The most popular colors for the paper stars are white and red , and the steel ones , silver and gold. I really like the Gothic looking ones tho. Super creepy.kll

Advent Star From http://www.killstar.com

The origin of the advent star known to have originated in the 1830s at the Moravian Boys’ School in Niesky, Germany, as a geometry project!

The star has since been modified into a look more resembling the northern star , than the 110 spiked star it originated from. I know ,110 spikes!

We Norwegians hang up our star lamps in the windows . And they all go up almost on the same day, first day of Advent. This year its on December 2nd!

As I mentioned earlier , The advent start is a big deal here. Almost every house has one , but there are almost sooo many different styles and shapes!

As you can see in the picture above, we also have another advent related decor: The Advent stake !

So since today is the 1st Sunday( out of 4) of Advent, I have placed all the stars and and stakes in my windows !

These lamps really lighten up this dark month 🖤