Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Fact of the Day: Odin Christmas

The origin of Christmas stockings may go all the way back to Norse mythology. Children would often fill boots or shoes with food for the Norse god Odin's horse Sleipnir. Odin would apparently return some kindness by filling the now empty boots with gifts or candy. 

28 comments:

  1. So simple back then. Look how commercialized the holiday has become.

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  2. Really. How interesting.
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  3. Another factoid I didn't know. Thanks for sharing, Adam.

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  4. I actually saw this in a Hallmark Christmas movie recently (don't judge).

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  5. here in my region, kids get their boots and shoes filled with candy on St. Nicholas which was last Sunday or the one before, methinks

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  6. Odin was a nice god sometimes I guess

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  7. And Sleipnir needed extra food because he had 8 legs!

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  9. Very good, Odin gives the kids anything, well, not anything/

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  10. Thanks for another bit of facts I did not know. You really are the best at doing your research and homework. Wishing you the best during the holidays.

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  11. An interesting fact. Christmas contains so many traditions and I find it fun to learn where they all came from.

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  12. Cool fact! (And LOL at Keith's comment!)

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  13. Oh interesting ths is so new to me!
    xx

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  14. Very nice post, Adam. It is something completely new for me and I can teach pupils about this fact. Kisses:)

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  15. oh, really! such an interesting fact, will share this to my kids :)

    It’s a GIRL Thing

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  16. Thanks so much for your sweet words, they made my day!
    This is really interesting!

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

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  17. Cool fact! Thanks for sharing! :)

    xoxo
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  18. Speaking of Odin, have you ever heard of the Yule Lads? They're a pretty cool (no pun intended) bit of Icelandic Christmas folklore.

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  19. nice to know how this tradition started :)))

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  20. It's so amazing to me how all these Christmas traditions came to be. I'll bet lots of people think everything originated in America.

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