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Friday, 18 December 2015

Christmas? Yule!

We haven't been able to share a lot of the crafty things we've been doing over the past several weeks, as the majority of them are Christmas gifts for friends and family and we wouldn't want to ruin the surprise. Rest assured that we'll be sharing all once the main event is over and done with.

We'll be going quiet over Xmas/Yule as we believe more than anything that it is a time to be with family and truly "Eat, Drink and be Merry". There's a few projects in the pipeline that we can't wait to share with you, so expect us to return stronger than ever in the new year.

For all of our readers we thank you for being along for the ride with us on this Blog, we hope you have a fantastic festive season whatever manner you choose to celebrate it in, we'll leave you with a quick theory on the origin of the holiday, although as Heathens we're completely biased!

Yule / Jul:
Celebration of the Norse New Year; a festival of 12 nights.
This is the most important of all the Norse holidays. On the night of December 20, the god Ingvi Freyr rides over the earth on the back of his shining boar, bringing Light and Love back into the World. In later years, after the influence of Christianity, the god Baldur, then Jesus, was reborn at this festival. Jul signifies the beginning and end of all things; the darkest time (shortest hour of daylight) during the year and the brightest hope re-entering the world. During this festival, the Wild Hunt is at its greatest fervor, and the dead are said to range the Earth in its retinue. The god Wotan (Odin) is the leader of this Wild Ride; charging across the sky on his eight-legged horse, Sleipnir; a very awe-inspiring vision. In ancient times, Germanic and Norse children would leave their boots out by the hearth on Solstice Eve, filled with hay and sugar, for Sleipnir's journey. In return, Wotan would leave them a gift for their kindness. In modern times, Sleipnir was changed to a reindeer and the grey-bearded Wotan became the kindly Santa Claus (Father Christmas).


Beardology: Product Review: Viking Beard Stuff Xmas Edition

It's Christmas Time, and whilst this oil doesn't smell of mistletoe and wine it does encapsulate the essence of the festive season. If you've been reading our past blog posts then you'll know I've really been looking forward to the release of the VBS Xmas scent. I was a little worried it might be an overpowering cinnamon-fest that was too sickly but the Xmas addition does not disappoint!

The cinnamon and clove balance each other out perfectly, with a hint of pine and mandarin adding volume to the nose-gasm, I can only describe the Xmas scent as what I would imagine Santa's christmas tree would smell like.

So if you have a hairy viking at home in need of a treat then I'd thoroughly recommend slipping one of these in their stocking this Christmas, and if your viking is on the naughty list then in keeping with tradition you should get them a lump of coal, in the form of a beard shampoo bar made using activated charcoal!

At the time of writing you can claim 20% off all products by using the code DECEMBEARD20 at the checkout

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