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

    1. Minnosma 107 months ago | reply

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

    2. angelafarina 107 months ago | reply

      Perfeito flagrante. Parabéns.

    3. amythyst_lake 107 months ago | reply

      That's pretty cool, love the writeup.

    4. Chris 531 107 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 107 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 107 months ago | reply

      thanks for all the comments!

    7. NigelShoosmith 107 months ago | reply

      Have a wheely good time at wheelmas.

    8. miss_kcc 107 months ago | reply

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

      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    9. ignasiTudela 107 months ago | reply

      eco-friendly. :)

    10. hyper7pro [deleted] 107 months ago | reply


      Very interesting, thanks!

      Seen in Bike Nation (?)

    11. margaret mendel 107 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 107 months ago | reply

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

    13. KULBE [deleted] 107 months ago | reply

      Buon Natale and Felici Ruote !!!

    14. Susana Molinolo 103 months ago | reply

      this pic makes me happy, thank you!

    15. { nina } 94 months ago | reply

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

    16. MIKO DESIGN 94 months ago | reply

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

    17. christmasaround.theworld 23 months ago | reply

      Hi there. I really like this picture and would love it to be included in a competition I'm running, "Christmas Around The World". We're inviting photographers and writers to submit works showcasing how Christmas varies from country to country. Chosen entries will be exhibited on the 12th December in Llandudno, Wales.

      Let me know if you're interested. My site can be found here -

      Many thanks,


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