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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Twentieth Day After Christmas/St. Knut's Day

Discarded Christmas trees. 20 January 2011. Photo by 4028mdk09 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]. Available from Wikimedia Commons.

Twenty days after Christmas, celebrations take place in Norway, Sweden, and Finland. In Norway, January 13 is Tyvendedagen (Twentieth Day, or Little Christmas Day). In Sweden, January 13 is Tjugondedag Jul (Twentieth Day Yule) or Tjugondedag Knut (St. Knut's Day). In Finland, January 23 is known as Nuutinpäivä. (St. Knut's Day).

On this day, Christmas trees are taken down, and any leftover food (such as candies and cookies used to decorate the tree) is eaten. In Sweden, families call this Julgransplundring ("plunder the Christmas tree.")

In Norway, there is a folk saying that "Saint Knut drives Christmas away." Christmas races have traditionally been held in some areas.

In Finland, young men traditionally dressed as a goat (Nuuttipukki) and visited houses. The goat was supposed to be scary.

8 Festivals of Norway
Little Christmas
St. Knut's Day 
Trettondedag Jul, Tjugondedag Knut?

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