Ministry Yule Blog

Ministry Yule Blog

Ministry Yule Blog - est. 2008

Ministry of Art & Jump has operated the "Ministry News Blog" since 2005 in it's present form. On that blog several references has been made to Christmas.

In the future this will be the place that collects all such ranting in one spot instead of risking to drown in the roar of the Ministry.

Go to the Ministrys regular blog or go to the Ministrys official homepage

The Official Yule gallery: Go to Yulery

One to go...

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Thu, November 29, 2012 21:47:49

OK, we are officially one month from Christmas. Start packing those gifts!

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Bjorn Again

YuleTubePosted by Ministry of Art Wed, May 16, 2012 21:23:09
Many moons ago, when the Minister was a young writer he met this gang from down under to make an interview. Nicest people. But that was in the middle of summer, and this song wasn't on the repertoire then.

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MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Mon, May 07, 2012 13:09:07
I was going to say 8 month to go, but I missed it! The days just fly by and sooner than we know it, it will only be 7 month to go...

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Nine to go

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Sat, March 24, 2012 23:11:15
So, if Jesus is going to come back this year. He better start swimming now. Oh, I'm sorry. The sanity-chip must have slipped. What I was trying to say is that we are now nine month from the next Christmas! You might as well start thinking about gifts. And if you do and buy them and wrap them. Be sure to put names on them, or you might have forgotten alla about which is which. And also, don't hide them too good. You need to remember that you bought them and where you stashed them away. Whatever you decide to do, you have nine months to go. 9.
Come summer it's time to visit the Santa Convention and say hi to Santa and leave him a whish-list.

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MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Mon, February 27, 2012 11:29:35
With only 10 months to go to xmas, we share a little Julbord with you from last Christmas and a very X-massy exhibition.

See more:

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MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Mon, January 30, 2012 13:58:12
Last week we passed a milestone on the way until the next Yuletide. On January 24 we had eleven months to go until next Christmas. As we write this, another week has passed already. So now, it's less than 11 months actually. Time flies when having fun - or as we make up other plans... Carpe Diem.

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We wish you a...

YuleTubePosted by Ministry of Art Sun, January 01, 2012 02:38:36
Happy New Year. Today on the first day of the year we have a long way to go to the next Yuletide. But before that we can still enjoy a little bit more of what is left of this one. Merry Reggae Xmas!

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Bad nuts...

QuotesPosted by Ministry of Art Tue, December 27, 2011 16:49:19
"Life is too short for bad nuts."

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Sometime wishes comes true...

StoriesPosted by Ministry of Art Mon, December 26, 2011 15:33:24

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Very Merry Christmass

YuleTubePosted by Ministry of Art Mon, December 26, 2011 12:41:39

The traditional Christmas carol "12 days of Christmas" in a somewhat untraditional version of the Shrek-gang. And today we are most far from the next Christmas. But there will be another, unless the Mayans and the contemporary religious nuts are correct of course. However! Tomorrow the last everyday days of 2011 commences before the New Year Eve, and then we are on a new year! But until then we keep on rocking the Christmas way! Merry Yule-tide!

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Tip Tap Toe...

YuleTubePosted by Ministry of Art Sun, December 25, 2011 00:17:27
Tap-dance your way into the Yule-tide spirit!

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YuleTubePosted by Ministry of Art Sat, December 24, 2011 23:58:20
Try this when emptying the dish-washer!

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Where's Santa?

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Sat, December 24, 2011 21:34:23
Since Santa is going around the world in one night. Don't you just wonder where he is right this minute? :)

In fact NORAD has a web-service for tracking the fat little bearded guys and his reindeers!

As I write this Santa is in Zanzibar, Tanzania and his next scheduled stop is/was Mombasa, Kenya. He's fast!

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Santas new ride...

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Fri, December 23, 2011 23:14:23

A typical case of "I want one of those"!!! <3

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Knäckig kola

RecipePosted by Ministry of Art Thu, December 22, 2011 14:30:40
A recipe for the Swedish-reading readers:

Ett recept för julens gottebord. Snabbt och lätt men väldigt gott.


4 msk Margarin
4 msk Kakao
1 kkp Socker
1 kkp Sirap

Blanda allting och koka i tjockbottnad gryta. Koka på högsta värmen (6:an) så att allting bubblar våldsamt. Sänk sedan till medelhög värme (4:an) och koka 3-4 minuter under ordentlig omröring över hela bottnen för att undvika fastbränning.

Häll upp i formar (för enkelhetens skull större formar än knäckformar - bullformar el.dyl). Kan också slås upp på bakplåtspapper, för att sedan klippas upp i bitar innan det stelnat helt. Paketeras i så fall i små bitar smörgåspapper.

Dom mörka sakerna i de runda formarna i övre högra hörnet i bild är slutresultatet av detta recept. Gott och starkt!

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MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Mon, December 19, 2011 11:16:16
It is now officially only five (5) days to go. If you haven't started your wish-list or bought and gifts, now is a good time to start panicking. You have been warned. Otherwise, remember the most important about X-mas. Carry on and Keep Calm - and have fun.

A somewhat dubious (?) Santa from New York. Keeping an eye on things in the Big Apple.

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How Christmas was created

StoriesPosted by Ministry of Art Wed, December 14, 2011 23:10:29

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How to...

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Wed, December 14, 2011 10:20:50
I'm quoting a online discussion in another forum about Christmas, since I found it pretty interesting. Some say: "It's all bout Jesus that's why it's called Christmas". But then we have to consider that hhe Roman Catholic Church didn't settle on a date until well into the 4th century. Most countries had some other form of celebration well before that at the same time period and the date for the Christ Mass was a topic of hot debate for along time since many historians think that he was actually born in the autumn. Christian celebrations as most know them today in the US is an amalgamation of several non-Christian celebrations. This was actually done quite deliberately by the RC Church to displace such "pagan" celebrations with a central, well controlled theme.

As a side note, the Puritans banned Christmas in the mid-1600's and that ban held for more than 22 years. Around the Boston area Christmas wasn't fashionable again and generally celebrated until into the 1800's.

Interesting factoid: The U.S. didn't have an official Christmas holiday until 1870. Up until then Congress met on every working Christmas day. In fact, there were really only 3 official holidays and they were Independence Day, Thanksgiving and training day (militia).

Here's another interesting reading on the matter: How to celebrate Yule with a Pagan Family...

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MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Mon, December 12, 2011 12:13:34
¨Breaking News. The American Santa (it means "Jultomten" in English) has been spotted in Texas. Apparently he likes Blues. And Elvis! In fact it turns out that his civilian day-job during the year is playing the guitar in a band where he can keep his beard without being recognizzed...
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Yule-tide Celebrations Around The World

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Sun, December 11, 2011 22:23:23
Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations but it is not only celebrated among the Christians. Christmas is celebrated in many countries around the world. Caroling, feasting, and gift-giving along with the prayers and wishes - Christmas is celebrated with high spirits in various parts of the world. Though the mode of celebration, dates and the traditions vary. Here's a little Yule-hikers guide to the festivities. :)

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Yule-time is Glögg-time!

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Fri, December 09, 2011 09:31:14
In English the term is "mulled wine", but at the Ministry (as in the Nordic countries) it is "Glögg" - sometimes it is misspelled in English as 'glog' or 'glug' - be adviced, use the proper spelling ;). It is Glögg in Swedish and Icelandic, in Norwegian and Danish: Gløgg, Estonian and Finnish: Glögi). At this time a year alcoholic or non-alcoholic glögg can be bought ready-made just about everywhere. I'm sure some of the gas-stations are selling it too (non-alcoholic). Even if glögg spice extract and ready-mixed spices can be purchased in grocery stores, the real Man makes his own Glögg. And the main classic ingredients are usually red wine, sugar and spices; such as cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and bitter orange. Optionally also stronger spirits such as vodka, akvavit or brandy are used when making your own glögg during Yule-tide. To prepare glögg, spices and/or spice extract are mixed into the wine, which is then heated to 60-70 °C (140-158 °F). The temperature should not be allowed to rise above 78.4 °C (173.12 °F) - in order to avoid evaporation of the alcohol (which actually is regarded as alcohol abuse). When preparing home-made glögg using spices, the hot mixture is allowed to infuse for at least an hour, often longer, and then reheated before serving. In Sweden, ready-made wine glögg is normally sold at "Systembolaget" (Goverment owned monopoly liquer-stores across Sweden) ready to heat and serve. Concentrate and extract form is sold everywhere else to be mixed with spirits to taste. Glögg is generally served with raisins, blanched almonds and Ginger biscuits (Ginger Snaps).In Sweden, ginger bread and "lussebullar" (also called "lussekatter") - a type of sweet bun with saffron and raisins, are typically served with the Glögg. At the Ministry scientific experimenting has also releaved that chocolate is extremely tasty on the side. It is also traditionally served at "Julbord" - the Christmas buffet. In Denmark, gløgg parties typically include æbleskiver sprinkled with powdered sugar and accompanied with strawberry marmalade. In Norway, gløgg parties with gløgg and rice pudding (Norwegian: riskrem) are common. In such cases, the word graut-/grøtfest is more precise, taking the name from the rice pudding which is served as a course. Typically, the gløgg is drunk before eating the rice pudding, which is often served with cold, red cordial (saus). These type of traditions is also found in Sweden and at the Ministry.Glögg recipes vary widely; and some families guard their secret recipies like gold-treasures. Variations with white wine or sweet wines such as Madeira, or spirits such as brandy are also popular, and during the last years lot's of different picant alternatives are coming and going. Glögg can also be made alcohol-free by replacing the wine with fruit or berry juices (often blackcurrant) or by boiling the glögg to evaporate the alcohol - but that is not for the average true Glögg-drinker!
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MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Thu, December 08, 2011 21:22:37

Perhaps not the most common fruit for the season (at least not on the latitude for the Ministry). But it's still very Yule-like! 16 days to go...

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Bad Santa

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Wed, December 07, 2011 21:38:17
There is a saying about being careful what you wish for, you might get it. However, I hope this is not what Santa will bring however the wishing. It can't be the real Santa in such an image now. Or is there a Redneck Santa? I hope not.

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S:t Nicolaus

StoriesPosted by Ministry of Art Tue, December 06, 2011 17:07:42

Nikolaus är ett ursprungligt namnsadagsnamn på den 6 december. Det var biskop “Nicolaus av Myra” som fick en minnesdag. Han levde under 300-talets första hälft och blev ett mycket firat helgon efter sin död. Sankt Nicolaus är förebilden för den anglosaxiske jultomten “Santa Claus”. Enligt legenden fick Nikolaus som biskop upp ögonen för tre unga jungfrur. Deras far hade förlorat hela sin förmögenhet, och nu hotades de av att förbli ogifta, eller av i värsta fall prostitution - eftersom fadern inte kunde betala deras hemgift (!). Nikolaus kastade då nattetid in tre säckar med guld (!!!) till de unga flickorna, och de hade då tacksamma fått sin hemgift. Av Nikolaus givmildhet har sedan utvecklats våra tiders jultomte. Men länge gavs det gåvor på den 6:e December.

Bruket att ge barnen gåvor på helgonets dag 6 december kan påvisas i Centraleuropa sedan 1200-talet och är alltjämt vanligt i katolska områden. Men här hemma i Svedala får vi vackert vänta på julklapparna till den 24:e - och tur e väl det, eftersom jag inte köpt alla mina ännu…

Nåväl, i New York knöts den Nederländska kolonins "Sinterklaas" till julen. Så blev han den anglosaxiske “Santa Claus” och ingår som en komponent även i den svenska jultomten i kombination med den nordiska tomtegestalten. Det var Viktor Rydberg, med novellen “Lille Viggs äventyr på julafton” (1871) och dikten “Tomten” (1881), som först förknippade gårdstomten med midvinternattens kristna högtid, och Jenny Nyström som först illustrerade de bägge texterna. Det sena 1800-talets illustratörer och författare till de ymnigt förekommande jultidningarna och familjemagasinen byggde sedan vidare på idén och gestalten.


En gradvis sammansmältning har väl sedan skett mellan denna hybridfigur och den amerikanska varianten Santa Claus, en tjock, rödklädd julgubbe som skapades på 1800-talet, bland annat av tecknaren Thomas Nast i tidningen Harpers Weekly. Denna amerikanske jultomte populariserades i Coca Cola-reklamen på 1930-talet, med hjälp av bilder av reklamtecknaren Haddon Sundblom (1899-1976), av svensk härkomst. Haddon Sundblom föddes i Michigan men hans far var från Åland, Föglö och hans mor från Sverige. Man vill gärna tro att han tog någon inspiration från Jenny Nyström och andra svenska tomtetecknare, likaväl som från den amerikanska traditionen.

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Don't panic

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Mon, December 05, 2011 12:08:49

Something to keep in mind - take it easy. Don't panic. It's only Christmas and you should only do it if you enjoy it.

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This years favo Yule-song

YuleTubePosted by Ministry of Art Mon, December 05, 2011 12:06:47

Something to hum to until Christmas - it looks like snow outside the window as I write this. But the so far warmest autumn makes it unlikely that the unwanted stuff will clog up the roads today. One can always hope...

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Christmas table

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Mon, November 28, 2011 22:25:45
I was invited to participate in a local exhibition called "setting the Christmas table" and I took a trip down memory lane, putting all kinds of memorabilia together to the optimal Christmas table setting. We were 8 invited to make a table for Christmas or New Year. Of course I picked Christmas! What else... Merry Christmas!

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4 weeks...

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Thu, November 24, 2011 19:56:34
What is all this about thanksgiving?? It is today officially 4 weeks till xmas! Consider that instead! Forget the turkey and buy presents! Turkey we can eat for xmas anyway! 4 weeks!?!?!!? Don't panic!
Some of us has been forgetting this - it's called living in denial... Start checking those x-mas lists. Wish-lists I mean. Who's been naughty and nice? Who want's what for X-mas?

Are you prepared? It's 4 weeks left and you should start getting busy or the big x-mas panic will eat you up soon! :)

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MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Thu, November 10, 2011 09:24:22

A Christmas-related record from the Guinness World Records. The most lights on a artificial christmas tree is 260.498 and was created in and by Universal Studios Japan® in Osaka, Japan on 7 November 2011. Some people just don't know when to stop...

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8 weeks

MiscellaneousPosted by Ministry of Art Tue, October 25, 2011 17:39:59
The Ministry would just to point out that it is now 8 (eight) weeks to Christmas. Sorry about that the forewarning is short, you better start thinking about Christmas-presents.

Make a list.

Who's been naughty and nice?

My advice to you is to act instantly. If you postpone you might end up picking out presents in a panic. It can turn out to be bad choices, since you can choose from what's left on the cleaned out stores.

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