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Memory of 'Christmas fooling' lives on
Jim Leary gives a presentation about Julebukking at Central 52 in Argyle Nov. 16. He is an emeritus professor of folklore and Scandinavian studies at UW-Madison. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
During the holiday season while she was growing up, when Barb Brubakken heard loud pounding outside her home followed by people shouting, she was overcome with excitement rather than fear. She knew it was the Julebukkers. The Norwegian Christmas tradition of Julebukking, also known as "Christmas fooling," still captures interest today.