Other titles for this blog could have been "Here Comes Odin Right Down Odin Lane!"
That's right. It is that time of year again and time to get ready for Odin coming and giving presents and such. Yes, I have probably lost it long ago, but no I'm not like Linus believing in the Great Pumpkin (well, maybe a little). No, I'm referring to Odin's big Yule hunting party.
During Yule, Odin leads a large hunting party through the sky on his great eight-legged horse Sleipnir (a great story about Sleipnir's birth involves Loki, a randy horse, and the rest can wait for another time).
Now Sleipnir can't fly (silly - only reindeer), but he can leap great distances (like the Hulk). Children
would leave their boots near the chimney. They filled it with carrots, straw, and sugar so that Sleipnir would be able to eat. Odin, touched by the children's kindness, would fill up the children's boots with sweets and gifts.