Lets put Woden back in Wednesday

As December begins it’s time to take up arms and fight the annual “War on Christmas.” You know Christmas, that holiday early believers hi-jacked from even earlier pagans who liked to celebrate the Winter Solstice and rejoice that days would soon be getting longer.

The lets put “Christ Back In Christmas” choir is already singing, it’s not “Happy Holidays” it’s “Happy Christmas” etc., etc. The War On Christmas Escalates.

I was born in a town called Wednesbury, a town in the English Midlands. It means “Woden’s Town.” Woden was a major early English God, strongly related to the Norse God “Odin.” The day Wednesday, means “Woden’s Day” or, “Odin’s Day.”

The name comes from the Middle English Wednes dei, which is from Old English Wōdnesdæg, meaning the day of the English god Woden (Wodan), a god in Anglo-Saxon England until about the 7th century. Wēdnes dæg is like the Old Norse Oðinsdagr (“Odin’s day”), which is an early translation of the Latin dies Mercurii (“Mercury’s day”), and reflects the widespread association of Woden with Mercury going back to Tacitus.

In Romance languages, it is derived from the name of the Roman god Mercury: mercredi (French), mercoledì (Italian), miércoles (Spanish), miercuri (Romanian), dimecres (Catalan), Marcuri or Mercuri (Corsican), dies Mercurii (Latin).

So let’s stop this war on Wednesday, Woden deserves his weekly day, as does the Sun and the Moon (Sunday, Monday). List of meanings of the days of the week HERE.

Woden, according to legend, was surrounded by vicious guard dogs and crow messengers. The early English Kings claimed to be descended from Woden. Makes perfect sense?

woden or odin english norse god crows and dogsWoden/Odin – I was born in his town, but not his day, Saturn’s Day at 6 a.m.

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7 Responses to Lets put Woden back in Wednesday

  1. C.H. McDermott Reply

    December 1, 2010 at 11:00 am

    I love etymology.

  2. Dear Maddy Reply

    December 1, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Such nonsense, of course Christ belongs in Christmas, anyone doesn’t believe is going to hell along with my good-for-nothing husband.

  3. Robert Douglas Reply

    December 1, 2010 at 11:56 am

    And let’s put Thor back in Thursday while we’re doing that.

  4. Four Dinners Reply

    December 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I quite like Thor…it’s a case of hedge your bets and avoid a hammer in your skull I suppose…;-)

  5. Hellbound Alleee Reply

    December 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Yeah! An ancestor of Santa Claus, a descendant of Yeti, Woden flew on his white eight-legged horse across the skies (like only the best gods do) to the top of the largest Christmas tree ever, the World Tree, to capture the Sun and bring him back down to the dark earth.

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