Thanks to Montucky (whose beautiful photos of Montana suit the snow), I know that WordPress provides flurries for the holiday season if you choose to turn them on. So I tried to find an appropriate background for them. Too bad this isn’t a reindeer.
Update: My blogging friend, Camilla, who also lives in Montana, and has a gorgeous blog about her rural life there, is from Norway and mentioned the Yule Goat or Julebukk in the comment section below. So my above photo is now a Julebukk.
“Norway has its gift-bearing little gnome or elf. Known as Julebukk or “Christmas buck,” he appears as a goat-like creature. Julebukk harkens back to Viking times when pagans worshipped Thor and his goat. During pagan celebrations a person dressed in a goatskin, carrying a goat head, would burst in upon the party and during the course of evening would “die” and return to life.”
“The Yule Goat is one of the oldest Scandinavian and Northern European Yule and Christmas symbols and traditions. Yule Goat originally denoted the goat that was slaughtered around Yule, but it may also indicate a goat figure made out of straw. It is also used about the custom of going door-to-door singing carols and getting food and drinks in return, often fruit, cakes and sweets. “Going Yule Goat” is similar to the British custom wassailing, both with heathen roots.” Much more about this custom on Wikipedia.
How about a poinsettia tree?
Or some holiday ornaments?
Or a Christmas bouquet?
Or a stress-inducing reminder that time’s a-wastin’?
You can change the direction of the flurries with your mouse (neat, huh?). I’m going shopping.