Who usually banishes Christmas?
It appears, some people of Europe have also such tradition – "to banish" Christmas for the twentieth day after Jesus Christ's birth.
In this case, is about Saint Cnut – one of the most esteemed patrons of Scandinavians. On January 13, for the twentieth day after Christmas (Catholic holiday means), in many villages of the Scandinavian Peninsula teenagers dress up in "knutgubbe" (a straw effigy) and go on log huts with the symbolical purpose – "to vent", "smoke" Christmas. For the hard work they demand a payment – usually in the form of money or sweets.
As for hot Finnish men, the last approach the matter considerably: gather in a log hut, taste moonshine in the big portions then begin to push out each other from the house. When the log hut is left by the last Scandinavian, Christmas is considered ended. However, in the Vermland area the role of the male drunkards banishing Christmas is carried out by women. Their husbands this day should milk independently cows and to perform all homework.
Exist also less diplomatic names of process of exile of Christmas, for example, "dansas" (it is "performed") or "kastas" ("throw out").
meanwhile, in Sweden the holiday "Tjugondag Knut" still remains to one of the most favourite – along with the Advent, the Annunciation and Day of Saint Lucia.