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December 27, 2005

Christmas Fool's Days

Now why can't we get the week off before Christmas? I suppose we'd just fill it up with stress and shopping anyway, so it's just as well. Last night I was in bed by 11, a record for me on a non-school night, and up at an ungodly 9am. But I feel rested finally, as the weekend wasn't really a vacation for me. It's amazing how much stuff you can get done in a day when you get up early though, as I went up to work to feed my fish, got a great workout after that, and bought fixins for chicken soup and gingerbread cookies. Now that I have time to make cookies, I will, even though it's a little late.

I just learned that chicken soup is apparently a Jewish thing, and it's Hanukkah! Let's hope the smell of Jimbo's cookin' draws in some hungry, hot, hairy MuscleJew to the yard.

As I look up at my Holmen Historical Society calendar it is interesting to note that my hometown community makes no note of Jewish holidays. Although the December photo shows a curious-looking bunch of Norwegians celebrating julebukk, or Christmas Goat/Fool's, dressed up with white sacks over their heads. Apparently in the days following Christmas, people disguised themselves completely, often by cross-dressing, and visited neighbors and friends. At each home they enjoyed refreshments of various kinds while the hosts tried to identify them, thus unmasking them. Non-Norwegians also enjoyed this popular social event.

I think if I tried doing that door-to-door here in DC dressed in drag or with a white sack over my head I'd get a cap popped in my ass.

Posted by jimbo at December 27, 2005 9:41 PM

Comments

You Norwegians, odd, odd, odd. The MuscleJew is very hot. Might I suggest that you make your stock from scratch; he'll think you've unearthed his grandmother. Then he'll be all over your (matzo) balls. He'll be as flexible as gefilte fish.

Stay in the better neighborhoods, popping should be done with consent. Skipping the hood would of course be advisable.

Posted by: copperred at December 28, 2005 12:11 AM

There is a similar German tradition for halloween called bellsnickling (have no idea if that's spelled right). Some folks in Will's home town in West Va. still practice it.

Posted by: Fitz at December 28, 2005 5:26 AM