On January 13, friends and citizens of Ordinis Mortis gathered together in a Swedish tradition called, “St. Knut’s Day” and took down the Christmas tree.
The party began with an hour of music. Party organizer Urwendor Donderrion says:
“The old saying “Tjugondedag Knut Christmas danced out” means that Christmas celebrations end on tjugondedag knot, that is, January 13, with games and dancing around the Christmas tree followed by the Christmas tree looting.
In the older tradition and elsewhere in Europe are taking out Christmas January 7, that is, when we celebrate Twelfth Night. Knut The day is named after the Danish Duke Canute Lavard, murdered January 7, 1131 and was later canonized. His death happened to be the day after Epiphany, when Christmas was over. But at the end of the 1600s extended Christmas celebrations with a week, and the name Knut moved 7 to 14 January. The reason was that every great church festival in earlier times had an after eight days later, a so-called octave.
The King Knut is mentioned in the Farmer’s Almanac, the Danish King Knut, who also was declared a saint and who was the patron of the medieval Knutsguilds. Guilds were a form of medieval trading companies. Knutsguilds arranged sometimes knot balls, which are likely to affect twentieth-knot and Christmas tree looting.
Take the opportunity to gather adult and children to one last Christmas party with singing and dancing games around the Christmas tree, Christmas tree looting and fish pond in conclusion. Prepare Christmas tree plundering by hanging up the goodies in the tree, such as candy cones, candy-filled crackers, fancy gingerbread with icing, candy cane canes and other treats that can be eaten. In the past they hung apples in the tree.
Tips for a fun Christmas party looting
1: Eat gingerbread
2: Play and dance last few laps around the Christmas tree. Dance games as: “Fox surprises over the ice” but also dance game “Little frogs”.
3: Sacking Christmas tree at all the goodies and dress
4: Fix the fish pond for children.
When the party is over to pick away the last Christmas decorations and pack them down for next Christmas. Astrid Lindgren’s book “Pippi Longstocking has Christmas tree plundering ‘depicting traditional Christmas tree looting.”
After the music celebration, Halte Khaza led everyone around the Christmas tree, playing the traditional tunes “Carousel” and “Small Frogs”, and then the tree was taken down.