A Good Wolfenoot to You!
October 3, 2018 8:54 AM   Subscribe

This November 23rd you can celebrate the first Wolfenoot. Jax Goss's 7-year old son invented a holiday called Wolfenoot, and the internet got very excited to join him in celebrating. #Wolfenoot has lots of pictures of doggos and plans to donate to wolf sanctuaries and animal shelters.

"My son has invented a holiday called Wolfenoot.

It is when the Spirit of the Wolf brings and hides small gifts around the house for everyone. People who have, have had, or are kind to dogs get better gifts than anyone else. You eat roast meat (because wolves eat meat) and cake decorated like a full moon."

Wolfenoot: no hate, only snoot boops.
posted by gladly (29 comments total) 53 users marked this as a favorite
 
Kind of perfect that it's around US Thanksgiving. We can be thankful for canids - domestic and wild - on that day. Donate, volunteer, and celebrate with meat and cake!
posted by narancia at 9:01 AM on October 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


I love this
posted by supermedusa at 9:03 AM on October 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


I absolutely love this and have added it to my calendar!
posted by ITheCosmos at 9:03 AM on October 3, 2018


Heh... With 4 dogs, ranging from an 8-lb Chihuahua to a 142lb Daniff, EVERY ... SINGLE ... DAY is Wolfenoot in our house - they find plenty of presents they have been given - and many they have not (just destroyed a pair of glasses this morning).

Cute... I like 7-year old inventions unleashed (heh, pun intended) onto the world - my last favorite was "Axe Cop".
posted by jkaczor at 9:08 AM on October 3, 2018 [6 favorites]


We are a cat household, but also very pro-pupper. We have plans to celebrate Wolfenoot with meats of various nations and a moon cake.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 9:20 AM on October 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


We once had a pup that hid “small gifts” around the house for “everyone”. I found one once while only wearing socks. Am I supposed to be thankful now? Do I at least get a replacement pair of socks?
posted by scruss at 9:25 AM on October 3, 2018 [4 favorites]


I made up an alternative Christmastime personage for my kid, to culture-jam Santa Claus for her. He's called El Mapache, and he's magically dextrous and silent, and in the days before Christmas he breaks into your house and "steals" stuff that you leave out for him to take -- old toys you don't want any more. On Christmas Eve he delivers the things he's stolen to other children who want them. There's a whole origin story. It's a little dark.

When she was about 4, I told her that El Mapache was pretend, which helped her figure out Santa Claus 'on her own'. Now all that stuff is just a lovely community fantasy that helps us find ways to be nice to each other, and lets us give her awesome but cheap, used presents.
posted by gurple at 9:34 AM on October 3, 2018 [16 favorites]


My seven year old decided there should be a celebration called Octember where families gather and share cake. He's not wrong.
posted by Jpfed at 9:39 AM on October 3, 2018 [11 favorites]


I have an important question about Wolfenoot. How is it pronounced? I initially read it as "wolfen-oot" but "wolf-noot" sounds more fun.

I am prepared to celebrate either way, but I don't want to sound like a chump at the Wolfenoot party.
posted by The Man from Lardfork at 9:51 AM on October 3, 2018 [5 favorites]


called Octember where families gather and share cake

Canadian Thanksgiving... This weekend even...
posted by jkaczor at 9:52 AM on October 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


Nevermind! I didn't spot the FAQ! I was wrong both times:

How do you pronounce “Wolfenoot”?

Wolf (soft English W) – a – noot (to rhyme with suit).

posted by The Man from Lardfork at 9:53 AM on October 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


Metafilter: celebrate with meat and cake!

Also, this is lovely.
posted by Fizz at 9:55 AM on October 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


DEFINITELY adding Wolfenoot to my personal calendar and there is a non-zero chance that the social media account for my office will also somehow wind up with a Happy Wolfenoot post on the schedule...
posted by helloimjennsco at 10:08 AM on October 3, 2018 [4 favorites]


Just to add, Jax is a great writer and lovely human being and she seems tickled pink (and stunned) that this has become so popular. She's good people.
posted by Joey Michaels at 10:20 AM on October 3, 2018 [1 favorite]



Wolf (soft English W) – a – noot (to rhyme with suit).



Not if you speak Dutch. I have so much trouble watching Guardians of the Galaxy.
posted by humboldt32 at 10:41 AM on October 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


Let's all celebrate Wolfenoot and abandon Black Friday.

A couple of my friends asked me to make it public. It exploded. I made an event at a request. Then I tweeted about it and holy shitballs.

Someone better with lyrics than me needs to write some appropriate holiday songs, such as "Holy Shitballs it's Wolfenoot!"
posted by Foosnark at 10:53 AM on October 3, 2018 [11 favorites]


Let's all celebrate Wolfenoot and abandon Black Friday.

I, for one, vote for this. (To be fair, I don't do black friday because it's terrifying, but now, I will give people an option, they can instead, come to my house, pet good dog, have roast beast, and howl at the moon cake before I serve it.

I am on board with this plan, and will take steps to execute it.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 11:19 AM on October 3, 2018 [8 favorites]


Hell yes. I am totally down for a holiday celebrating canines.
posted by rmd1023 at 11:30 AM on October 3, 2018


MeFi IRL Wollfenoot meetup?
posted by moonlight on vermont at 11:38 AM on October 3, 2018 [4 favorites]


This is awesome. The tiny Bainbridge, GA no-kill shelter and the Atlanta Humane Society will be beneficiaries this year.
posted by Fritzle at 11:42 AM on October 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


I am hungry like the wolf... for this holiday!
posted by Halloween Jack at 11:52 AM on October 3, 2018 [1 favorite]


I will also offer my Penultimas holiday — celebrated the day before Christmas Eve. Everyone has aperitifs, amuse-bouche, and other appetizers while reading aloud from forewords and watching movie trailers.
posted by Celsius1414 at 12:34 PM on October 3, 2018 [8 favorites]


The idea is good, but the timing's off. That's right in the middle of the holiday glut.

I propose MeowPurrDay as a new holiday to take place on February 1st, smack in the middle of long holiday drought of crappy winter weather:

Rules Of MeowPurrDay

1. You secretly leave "birds" (presents) on the doorstop or back porch of your loved ones.

2. You curl up with a blanket and/or a loved one to drink the annual MeowPurrDay Celebratory Beverage, which is warm and milk-based.

3. You don't have to do anything else.

4. You can also ignore any requests by other people to do stuff for them by meowing at them.
posted by leotrotsky at 1:46 PM on October 3, 2018 [15 favorites]


> MeFi IRL Wollfenoot meetup?

only if it’s called the wolfenoot wolfmoot.
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 2:07 PM on October 3, 2018 [14 favorites]


This is great. A joyous, loving holiday with no cultural baggage.

People who don’t eat meat might consult guides for vegetarian seder plates, and the alternatives that people have come up with to the lamb shank. Because the roast meat requirement should not keep any joyful dog-loving vegetarians or vegans from joining in this wonderful holiday.
posted by Orlop at 2:20 PM on October 3, 2018 [4 favorites]


So there is a German "Fleischkuchen" ("meat cake") recipe. Seems like the perfect choice for Wolfenoot
posted by Hairy Lobster at 3:12 PM on October 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


If I'm alone (with my dogs, duh) on the 23rd and don't want a whole cake I wonder if it's canon to instead enjoy a Moon Pie?
posted by workerant at 5:28 PM on October 3, 2018 [3 favorites]


Dr Seuss invented Octember 41 years ago
posted by brujita at 6:34 PM on October 3, 2018 [2 favorites]


And a little child shall lead them.
posted by bryon at 10:59 PM on October 3, 2018


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