Copenhagen Yule

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    Now here's a shot that really hammers home a Copenhagen Yule moment. Dad transporting the family tree in his Danish cargo bike - in this case a Christiania Bike - on a lovely, wide bike lane.

    The Danish [and Swedish and Norwegian] word for Christmas is 'jul' which morphed into 'yule', etymologically speaking, in English. It's the name of the original winter solstice festival that had existed for centuries before the Catholic church moved Jesus' birthday to Decemeber in order to trump the celebrations of other cultures and faiths.

    Ironically, the word for wheel is 'hjul', pronounced just like 'jul' - both of which are pronounced much like 'yule'. [Are you really still reading this?! :-)]

    So it is only appropriate to wish you all 'Glædelig [H]jul'! - meaning all at once, Happy Christmas and Happy Wheel. - The Copenhagen Bike Culture Blog

    Minnosma, Pulpolux !!!, linds_b, and 104 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Minnosma 77 months ago | reply

      that's great! happy wheel to you! :)

    2. angelafarina 77 months ago | reply

      Perfeito flagrante. Parabéns.

    3. amythyst_lake 77 months ago | reply

      That's pretty cool, love the writeup.

    4. Chris 531 77 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called WORKING BICYCLES, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    5. ibikenz 77 months ago | reply

      I read it all! Very interesting, and a happy wheel to you and your family too. This image would make a wonderful jul card.

    6. Mikael Colville-Andersen 77 months ago | reply

      thanks for all the comments!

    7. WestfieldWanderer 77 months ago | reply

      Have a wheely good time at wheelmas.

    8. miss_kcc 77 months ago | reply

      whhelmas sounds much better than xmas :) A happy cyclicious one to you :)

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    9. ignasiTudela 77 months ago | reply

      eco-friendly. :)

    10. hyper7pro 77 months ago | reply


      Very interesting, thanks!

      Seen in Bike Nation (?)

    11. margaret mendel 77 months ago | reply

      This is so funny!!! :-)))!!!! Clever fellow!!! And I do love this shot!! Even without the explanation it works for me!!!!

    12. larskflem 77 months ago | reply

      hehe, great one, and thanks for sharing the story :)

    13. KULBE [deleted] 77 months ago | reply

      Buon Natale and Felici Ruote !!!

    14. Susana Molinolo 73 months ago | reply

      this pic makes me happy, thank you!

    15. { nina } 64 months ago | reply

      lovely :). the tree looks like it is going to a good home!

    16. MIKO DESIGN 64 months ago | reply

      great picture, I also get our christmas tree like that!!

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