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Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Mysterious Visitor

A great benefactor of Christmas night would descend to earth on the nights between December 25th and January 6th to bless both earth and people. This was originally Woden, the Norse God of the Wild Hunt, and his wife Berchta, the white Lady who spins destiny who road on a white house. Fires and blazing wheels starred the hills and houses were adorned to attract their attention.

As traditions grew, some ascribed various heroes to this role: Martin on a white charger, Nicholas and his reformed equivalent, "Father Christmas."

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