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:

Meitzeu said...

That's why socks needed during Christmas. Now I know. :)

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Just Keepin It Real, Folks! said...

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

PAPS said...

Really. How interesting.
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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I didn't know that. That's really nice.

Emmylou said...

Another factoid I didn't know. Thanks for sharing, Adam.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

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

DEZMOND said...

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

Bersercules said...

By Odin that's a cool fact!!

Pat Hatt said...

Odin was a nice god sometimes I guess

Theresa Mahoney said...

Well, that's interesting!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

And Sleipnir needed extra food because he had 8 legs!

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Bob Bushell said...

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

Holy Ghost Writer said...

Odin was generous

LV said...

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.

stephen Hayes said...

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

Dana said...

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

Sakuranko said...

Oh interesting ths is so new to me!
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Pilar Domínguez said...

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

Julie Ann Lozada said...

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

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Kati said...

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

Have a great day,
-Kati

Christine said...

nice!

Dascha said...

Cool fact! Thanks for sharing! :)

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Anna-Alina said...

Wow! Interesting!

Al Penwasser said...

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

RaeAbigael said...

nice to know how this tradition started :)))

Kay said...

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.