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Sufganiyot
Vote or post on Dec. 14 (the first day of Winter Bash, and the last day of Hanukkah)
This one was pretty straightforward. Sufganiyot are donuts traditionally eaten during Hanukkah. Thanks to Double AA and others at Mi YodeyaMi Yodeya (AKA Jewish Life and Learning SE) for confirming that these are a good symbol of the holiday.

Sufganiyot
Vote or post on Dec. 14 (the first day of Winter Bash, and the last day of Hanukkah)
This one was pretty straightforward. Sufganiyot are donuts traditionally eaten during Hanukkah. Thanks to Double AA and others at Mi Yodeya (AKA Jewish Life and Learning SE) for confirming that these are a good symbol of the holiday.

Sufganiyot
Vote or post on Dec. 14 (the first day of Winter Bash, and the last day of Hanukkah)
This one was pretty straightforward. Sufganiyot are donuts traditionally eaten during Hanukkah. Thanks to Double AA and others at Mi Yodeya (AKA Jewish Life and Learning SE) for confirming that these are a good symbol of the holiday.

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(Bonus naming info: What's a "Handegg"?What's a "Handegg"?, at English Language & Usage SE; and this answerthis answer in particular)

(Bonus naming info: What's a "Handegg"?, at English Language & Usage SE; and this answer in particular)

(Bonus naming info: What's a "Handegg"?, at English Language & Usage SE; and this answer in particular)

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Fan-hat-ic
Visit the site on ten consecutive days during Winter Bash
Visiting a site for 100 consecutive days earns a user the FanaticFanatic gold badge. Mostly, I couldn't resist the pun here. This is also partially to throw a bone to those people who have complained that it's too hard to achieve the badge, or even its 30-day counterpart, EnthusiastEnthusiast. (But if you think 100 is hard... have you seen these guysthese guys?)

The hat design, incidentally, was originally requested here on metahere on meta, albeit with a different trigger. The requested trigger ended up being used for another hat this year, Sun Wukong (scroll down).

This year's hat is, as mmyers saidas mmyers said, a cricket batting helmet. The name of the hat is a play on "specialist batsman," the term for a cricketer who, well, specializes in batting (as opposed to bowling). The trigger required 11 other hats because there are 11 players on a cricket team. And the unicorn in the helmet logo (both this year and last) isn't just some rando off the street (or, uh, sky pasture?), it's Sparkles, our unofficial company pet/mascot.

It was also a bit of a test for intrepid Community Manager bluefeet, as part of ongoing research into the worst prominently displayed answersthe worst prominently displayed answers.

Flip Flop
Post or vote on Dec. 22 (the solstice)
This ended up being another misleading hat name, but quite by accident. Due to the way Winter Bash handles timethe way Winter Bash handles time, most people started seeing this hat being worn by others when the date was still 12/21 (or 21/12) in their local time zone. As a result, there were a lot of incorrect theories posted about the hat having to do with the palindromic date.

Flying Tiger
Answer a question scoring -3 or worse; the answer must score at least 5, and the question must improve to 3 or better; your votes do not count
After the success of the Red Baron hat last yearthe success of the Red Baron hat last year, we wanted to run it again. But we wanted to correct one minor loophole from last year, too: preventing an answerer's own votes from counting towards the question improvement requirement.

Odinson
Close a question using the "dupe-hammer" privilege, or cast a vote to close as dupe that a hammer later finalizes
This is sort of an in-joke for power users, who frequently compare the "dupe-hammer""dupe-hammer" privilege to Mjölnir, the mythical hammer wielded by Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Another name for Thor is Odinson (he's literally the son of Odin).

Sun Wukong
Receive at least five upvotes and at least five downvotes for the same post on meta
There have been multiple requests for a Winter Bash hat for meta controversy. One, as mentioned earlier (see Fan-hat-ic) was herehere; another was herehere. I was especially supportive of the idea because I proposed a badge for essentially the same thingproposed a badge for essentially the same thing over four years ago.

Fan-hat-ic
Visit the site on ten consecutive days during Winter Bash
Visiting a site for 100 consecutive days earns a user the Fanatic gold badge. Mostly, I couldn't resist the pun here. This is also partially to throw a bone to those people who have complained that it's too hard to achieve the badge, or even its 30-day counterpart, Enthusiast. (But if you think 100 is hard... have you seen these guys?)

The hat design, incidentally, was originally requested here on meta, albeit with a different trigger. The requested trigger ended up being used for another hat this year, Sun Wukong (scroll down).

This year's hat is, as mmyers said, a cricket batting helmet. The name of the hat is a play on "specialist batsman," the term for a cricketer who, well, specializes in batting (as opposed to bowling). The trigger required 11 other hats because there are 11 players on a cricket team. And the unicorn in the helmet logo (both this year and last) isn't just some rando off the street (or, uh, sky pasture?), it's Sparkles, our unofficial company pet/mascot.

It was also a bit of a test for intrepid Community Manager bluefeet, as part of ongoing research into the worst prominently displayed answers.

Flip Flop
Post or vote on Dec. 22 (the solstice)
This ended up being another misleading hat name, but quite by accident. Due to the way Winter Bash handles time, most people started seeing this hat being worn by others when the date was still 12/21 (or 21/12) in their local time zone. As a result, there were a lot of incorrect theories posted about the hat having to do with the palindromic date.

Flying Tiger
Answer a question scoring -3 or worse; the answer must score at least 5, and the question must improve to 3 or better; your votes do not count
After the success of the Red Baron hat last year, we wanted to run it again. But we wanted to correct one minor loophole from last year, too: preventing an answerer's own votes from counting towards the question improvement requirement.

Odinson
Close a question using the "dupe-hammer" privilege, or cast a vote to close as dupe that a hammer later finalizes
This is sort of an in-joke for power users, who frequently compare the "dupe-hammer" privilege to Mjölnir, the mythical hammer wielded by Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Another name for Thor is Odinson (he's literally the son of Odin).

Sun Wukong
Receive at least five upvotes and at least five downvotes for the same post on meta
There have been multiple requests for a Winter Bash hat for meta controversy. One, as mentioned earlier (see Fan-hat-ic) was here; another was here. I was especially supportive of the idea because I proposed a badge for essentially the same thing over four years ago.

Fan-hat-ic
Visit the site on ten consecutive days during Winter Bash
Visiting a site for 100 consecutive days earns a user the Fanatic gold badge. Mostly, I couldn't resist the pun here. This is also partially to throw a bone to those people who have complained that it's too hard to achieve the badge, or even its 30-day counterpart, Enthusiast. (But if you think 100 is hard... have you seen these guys?)

The hat design, incidentally, was originally requested here on meta, albeit with a different trigger. The requested trigger ended up being used for another hat this year, Sun Wukong (scroll down).

This year's hat is, as mmyers said, a cricket batting helmet. The name of the hat is a play on "specialist batsman," the term for a cricketer who, well, specializes in batting (as opposed to bowling). The trigger required 11 other hats because there are 11 players on a cricket team. And the unicorn in the helmet logo (both this year and last) isn't just some rando off the street (or, uh, sky pasture?), it's Sparkles, our unofficial company pet/mascot.

It was also a bit of a test for intrepid Community Manager bluefeet, as part of ongoing research into the worst prominently displayed answers.

Flip Flop
Post or vote on Dec. 22 (the solstice)
This ended up being another misleading hat name, but quite by accident. Due to the way Winter Bash handles time, most people started seeing this hat being worn by others when the date was still 12/21 (or 21/12) in their local time zone. As a result, there were a lot of incorrect theories posted about the hat having to do with the palindromic date.

Flying Tiger
Answer a question scoring -3 or worse; the answer must score at least 5, and the question must improve to 3 or better; your votes do not count
After the success of the Red Baron hat last year, we wanted to run it again. But we wanted to correct one minor loophole from last year, too: preventing an answerer's own votes from counting towards the question improvement requirement.

Odinson
Close a question using the "dupe-hammer" privilege, or cast a vote to close as dupe that a hammer later finalizes
This is sort of an in-joke for power users, who frequently compare the "dupe-hammer" privilege to Mjölnir, the mythical hammer wielded by Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Another name for Thor is Odinson (he's literally the son of Odin).

Sun Wukong
Receive at least five upvotes and at least five downvotes for the same post on meta
There have been multiple requests for a Winter Bash hat for meta controversy. One, as mentioned earlier (see Fan-hat-ic) was here; another was here. I was especially supportive of the idea because I proposed a badge for essentially the same thing over four years ago.

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