Who "drives" Christmas?

Who "drives" Christmas? Imagine, some people prevails and a tradition. "In charge" the case of St. Knut - one of the revered celestial patrons in the Scandinavian countries. And this ceremony occurs on the 20th day after the Catholic Christmas - January 13, when the former Soviet Union celebrated "Old New Year" (sort of nonsense, but because the tradition lives!) As the saying goes, everyone is walking on his own. In the end, and in fact, and in another case, it seems, human attention effective popular techniques drawn to the inescapable truth: the Christmas-New Year holiday "marathon" finish, it's time for the cause again taken.

Sooner or later all comes to an end. That is a kind of death. In which, perhaps dormant new life. "Die" and Christmas. The Scandinavians have dated it to the actual murder, which occurred almost 900 years ago ...

St. Knut's Day - probably one of the few holidays in the name of which appears a direct chronological connection. In Swedish it is called «Tjugondag Knut», and the first word means "20th day", that is Precisely on January 13 and we have to. Dedicated to the celebration of a historical figure - Knut Lavardu (1091-1131), who was one of the grandsons of the Danish king Sven Estridssona. On the noble origin, by the way, indicates the second part of the name: Lavard - Danish form of English «Lord». Good King Sven spawned numerous descendants, so that the question of the heir to the throne after his death was very severe.

Initially, Knut did not stand out among its many cousins. Started a family, taking his wife Princess Ingeborg - one of the granddaughters of Vladimir Monomakh. Born the son, whose great-grandfather was named after the glorious Waldemar. Almost godly life. But the idea never left the throne. And, with the help of intrigue, cunning and bribery - which did not fail to note the chroniclers - Knut managed to break into the Kings. However, his power is not extended to the whole Denmark, but only on the West Slavic tribe Obotrites. But all the same thing. Especially as Obotrites (the Germans called them obodritami) were not born yesterday. This powerful and warlike tribe, one of the most mysterious of Slavic tribes living in the lower reaches r.Elby (Elbe) and on the Baltic coast more than sixteen centuries - until the XII century. new era; Obotrites had their settlements and the Novgorod land.

Prevail over Obotrites, Knut Lavard decided that deserve and more. And he began to prove his uncle Neal, who was then the King of Denmark, that the true heir should he, Knut. My uncle and his son Prince Magnus, such claims are, of course, like they could not. And now, having thought over the situation thoroughly, father and son decided to get rid of the applicant. Magnus, waiting for the end of the celebration of Christmas, lured to a meeting of Knut and killed him. It happened on Jan. 7, 1131 in the forest near the town of Ringsted.

That's actually the whole story. The usual internecine disassembly, which in those days - and then! - Happened in a fair amount. But the fact that the son of Knut Waldemar the Great, who became still king of Denmark, obtained from Pope Benedict IX canonized her parents. And then, they say, at the tomb began to place through miracles, and in large quantities. So posthumous glory holy Knut was provided. And he had feared.

 Who "drives" Christmas?
First revered as expected, that is precisely on January 7, the day of his death. But over time, this day somehow "moved" to the 13th number. Maybe it was easier to believe, or want to combine the sinister "devil's dozen" of the cowardly assassination, I do not know. Be that as it may, over time, it was on January 13 was considered in the Scandinavian countries last day of the Nativity. In this way, directly indicates a well known proverb «Tjugondag Knut k