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Old 16th Dec 2021, 09:49
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
I was thinking about that only yesterday. When I was little he was always known as Father Christmas, these days you rarely hear the term. Is Santa Claus a more gender neutral term, better suited to these "woke" times? And did anybody as Mrs Christmas about his change of name? In German he is still know as the Weihnachtsman - or Christmas Man - definitely no gender neutrality there, nor in Dutch - Kerstman.
Just watched an Italian film translated to the "Christmas Witch". Apparently their tradition is for an old lady named Befana to deliver gifts on Epiphany (6 Jan or 12th Night for the uninitiated or should that be unbaptised?) It would seem that we all have our own traditions surrounding this time of the year.
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Old 16th Dec 2021, 10:19
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Originally Posted by CISAtSea View Post
Just watched an Italian film translated to the "Christmas Witch". Apparently their tradition is for an old lady named Befana to deliver gifts on Epiphany (6 Jan or 12th Night for the uninitiated or should that be unbaptised?) It would seem that we all have our own traditions surrounding this time of the year.
I'm slightly surprised that UK retailers haven't tried to get us into the mindset of St Nicholas on 6th December, Father Christmas on 25th December and then The Three Kings on Epiphany and instil in the minds of the gullible that they need to exchange gifts on each occasion!! Chinese tat manufacturers would love it too!
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Old 16th Dec 2021, 10:58
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
I'm slightly surprised that UK retailers haven't tried to get us into the mindset of St Nicholas on 6th December, Father Christmas on 25th December and then The Three Kings on Epiphany and instil in the minds of the gullible that they need to exchange gifts on each occasion!! Chinese tat manufacturers would love it too!
But UK retailers have been pushing their Christmas tat for a good many weeks already and have attempted to bully customers over (alleged?) shortages of some products - please don't let them extend the 'greed festival' season.
It's too long already!
One or the other is more than enough - I agree with your suggestion of presents on the day of the Kings and then scrap the events of 25 December! If there must be a midwinter celebration, why not do it on the Winter Solstice?
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Old 16th Dec 2021, 11:02
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But UK retailers have been pushing their Christmas tat for a good many weeks already and have attempted to bully customers over (alleged?) shortages of some products - please don't let them extend the 'greed festival' season.
It's too long already!
One or the other is more than enough - I agree with your suggestion of presents on the day of the Kings and then scrap the events of 25 December! If there must be a midwinter celebration, why not do it on the Winter Solstice?
In UK Christmas is far too long as it is. It essentially runs mid December through to New Year's day - we don't even think about Epiphany in any other way than "Twelfth Night" - the day to take the chavvy deco down from the house - except that many people now leave it up, but switched off!
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Old 16th Dec 2021, 12:01
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Heathens! In much of Christendom the decorations are removed at Candlemas - the end of the Christmas season on the 40th night (2 February).
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Old 16th Dec 2021, 12:12
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As long as he exists then whatever he's called is fine by me, and I hope he got my letter
Visited Santa Claus Village (note: no Father Christmas) in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, a couple of years ago, were told that a letter posted anywhere in the world addressed to "Santa" finds its way to their post office.



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Old 16th Dec 2021, 13:46
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Originally Posted by megan View Post
Visited Santa Claus Village (note: no Father Christmas) in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland, a couple of years ago, were told that a letter posted anywhere in the world addressed to "Santa" finds its way to their post office.
As a side note, the Lapland Air Command is right across the street, runway 03 threshold is quite exactly one mile away. So with a little luck you'll see some Hornet action as well besides the usual tourist attractions. And of course, some F35's too in the coming years.
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