Flurries

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.

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11 responses to “Flurries

  1. The flurries go especially well with the poinsettias and the ornaments. I think you could do without the temps we’re having this week.

  2. I love this …so much vibrant and rich color and the snowflurries…beautiful. Did you change your background…no? I really like it. I think your sheep/goat is perfect for the holidays Candace. In Norway we have reindeer…but we also have a “goat” that symbolizes the season.
    (wards off evil spirits)

  3. Cute…. Great pics for the holidays too!

  4. It is starting to look a lot like Christmas. The poinsettia tree is cool looking.

  5. Awesome poinsettia tree! And I like the flurries.

  6. Your fine holiday series has definitely added to my Christmas spirit this morning. The poinsettia tree is spectacular. I like the snow flakes drifting down!

  7. yule goat…I learned something new today! Your feature of the poinsettia tree shows them so vividly!

  8. some really brilliant seasonal photos — great to get in the spirit. How’d the shopping go?

  9. ….God Jul.

    (Merry Christmas)

  10. I’ve got the snow turned on on my blog, too. It’s fun and festive, even if my photos aren’t right now. Love your festive photos! That is one tall poinsettia tree! (That’s a lot of plants!)

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