Tomorrow, it all ends!
But I would not bet my last dime on it though.
At 21 december 2012, 11:12 UTC/GMT the winter solstice occur and that ends the Mayan Baktun 13 (Baktun = cycles of the ancient Maya long count calendar). Contrary to some of the common beliefs, the Mayan Baktun 13 is (logically) followed by Baktun 14, followed by Baktun 15, followed by... get it?
At 21 december 2012, 11:12 UTC/GMT the winter solstice occur and that is the Viking Midvinterblot or Jólablót/Julblot (midwinter sacrifice or Yule sacrifice). That is when days again becomes longer. To honour this the norsemen made sacrifices to the gods and for them to bless the upcoming crops.
At 21 december 2012, 11:12 UTC/GMT the winter solstice occur and that is also known as the Hawk Night. The night when Oden, escorted by dead warriors from Valhall, runs the earth and the sky chasing away trolls and all evil forces.
So do not bother to set the alarm clock at 4:45 AM CST to have your last nice cup of coffee, while watching the end of the world. The Midvinterblot is a much more lively way to spend your day.
You don't have to sacrifice blood, a boar or something similar (we are civilized, right?!).
You don't have to chase evil neighbours or something similar (we are civilized, right?!).
You just have to celebrate that from now on the darkness will diminish and the brightness will increase.
Let us all wish all of us, the Vikings and the rest of the World a bright future.
God Jul och Skål på er alla!
Merry Christmas and Skol to you all!