Julbord – Wonderful Success!!! Thanks to all of you that made this year’s Julbord at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company Westchase location a wonderful fun-filled evening. This was the largest number ever to attend our Christmas event and represents a goal for next year.
Special thanks to our business partners, the Florida Aquarium, Datz which is a popular restaurant and bar in South Tampa, Florida, known for its deli and gastropub offerings. It is the flagship restaurant of the Datz Restaurant Companies which include Roux on South MacDill, the Tampa Bay Brewing Company (TBBC) and the entire Doble Family. All who helped make it such a joyful start to the season.
As a special treat, we were fortunate to have Tom Kersey provide music during the evening. Tom is an excellent cellist, guitarist, composer and music teacher. We could not of had the success we did without the help of the TBBC crew including the Chef John Boyle and Todd Dziubek. Thanks to our Board members who helped decorate and clean up after the event.
Christmas: Yule celebrations in Scandinavia predate the Christian holiday by thousands of years and many of the traditions for this holiday actually come from our Nordic heritage. From the Christmas ham in Scandinavia, the Yule log, some say the origin of the Christmas wreath, the Vikings decorated evergreen trees = Christmas trees, the Yule Goat, (Swedish julbock, Finnish joulupukki, Norwegian julebukk) is one of the oldest Scandinavian Christmas symbols. Other Scandinavian traditions included mistletoe (which was believed to be capable of resurrecting the dead by Vikings) and Old Man Winter – Father Christmas dressed in a hooded fur coat and had a long beard. So when we think of Christmas we should also be proud of the many traditions we Scandinavians are responsible for. By the way, Viking Yule is celebrated today by Asatruers, who revive Asatru, the old Nordic religion. Even if you are not a Christian, we can all enjoy the spirit of giving at this time of the year to those who need our help.
This time of year is a truly wonderful and magical one and Christmas is a holiday with a beautiful spirit and traditions. One other Scandinavian tradition is greeting each other with merry Christmas wishes. The spirit of giving, expressing love and gratitude and a celebration of life help to make Christmas a very special time of year.
May you give and receive much love, joy, and peace this season.
Glædelig Jul! (Jól in Icelandic and Joulu in Finnish)