The origins of some Xmas traditions that we`re celebrating with the Coach and Horses this week by Jas (Blog 109)
I got to wondering where the origins of some of the Christmas traditions that we have been celebrating with the Coach and Horses at Club 2012 lay. So I got onto my friend Google and came up with some interesting answers.
ANTLERS (Last night` s “Best in ..” Coach and Horses theme) , and REINDEER
An interesting fact is that male reindeer shed their antlers around Christmas time so therefore all Santa`s sleigh pullers,including Rudolph, must be female.The main source of reindeer being used as a Christmas symbol seems to have been the poem “A visit from St. Nicholas”(“Twas the night before Christmas”) by Clement C Moore.
“..When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer
With a little old driver so lively and quick
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came
And he whistled, and shouted, and call`d them by name:
“Now,Dasher! Now,Dancer! Now Prancer, and Vixen
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Dunder and Blixem!”
(Dunder and Blixem were German for Thunder and Lightning.)
As for Rudolph`s addition that is mostly due to the popularity of the song “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, ” written by Johnny Marks which was released in 1949, and was the first Number One single of the Fifties.
CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS (Coach and Horses “Best in ..” theme on Tuesday night)
One Legend has it that St. Nicholas was travelling through a village when he heard about three daughters who didn`t have the dowry to get married.(Some versions of the story say they had been driven to prostitution.) So he decided to help them. Their father, however, was known as a proud man who would not accept charity, and, so,
St Nick waited until it was dark and crept through the chimney into the girls room with three bags of gold for them. He couldn`t work out where to leave the money and then spotted their stockings hanging out to dry and so put it in them.The girls when they woke up were delighted to see the gold and could then afford to get married.
Incidentally, the worlds largest Christmas stocking was made by the Children`s Society in 2007. It was 106 feet and 9 inches long and 49 feet and 1 inch wide.It held nearly a thousand presents.
The key to both of these traditions and indeed the origins of Santa himself may lie in Norse mythology. The God Odin was descried in a collection of 13th- century Scandinavian stories and poems as someone who could leap great distances on his eight legged horse, Sleipnir. (8 reindeer?)He would lead a hunting party in celebration of Yule( the Northern European Winter festival). Children would put their boots filled with food for the horse by the fireplace and Odin would reward them for their kindness with presents of food, sweets of other gifts.Does anything sound familiar there?
Whichever way you look at it, though, the Second Life events at Club 2012 in the London Sims have the hottest Santas and the sexiest stockinged Mrs Claus`around. Come and celebrate Christmas in our snowy winter wonderland.