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Are you looking for the answers to the questions on my latest newsletter?
Before being tied up with Christmas, what was Yule?
A pagan midwinter festival
It was celebrated by Germanic peoples and was connected to Norse mythology. With Odin being the Yule Father who led the Wild Hunt across the sky. Yuletide is about two months long and falls roughly mid-November to early January. In the middle of Yuletide is Yule.
As a fun side note, jolly most likely has its origins in Yule.
The French word for Christmas is Noel. What was its original Latin meaning?
What was the original title of The Night Before Christmas?
A Visit from St. Nicholas
It was anonymously published in 1823. It has been attributed to, and claimed by, Clement Clarke Moore but there is some controversy as to whether he actually wrote it.
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The Santa image come from The Public Domain Review, A Pictorial History of Santa Claus.