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En riktig gammal ”Swedish tradition” Kokar kaffe och fräschmikrar lussebullar från helgen. Jag spelar denna lp på min stereo sedan träder jag in i rummet.ljusklara hägring.
Christmas Singalong In Swedish (The Christmas Favorites Of Sweden Sung In Swedish) för sjunga själv, där går gränsen. På skivmärket Shelley inspelad i New York någon gång på 60 talet tror jag. och texthäfte på Svenska och Engelsk översättning medföljer naturligtvis.
The annual candlelit Lucia procession on 13 December is perhaps one of the more exotic-looking Swedish customs, with girls and boys clad in white full-length gowns singing songs together. Among the youngest, anyone can be Lucia; as the children get older, the competition will harden.
White gowns, stars and candles
The real candles once used are now often battery-powered, but there is still a special atmosphere when the lights are dimmed and the sound of the children singing grows as they enter from an adjacent room.
Tradition has it that Lucia is to wear ‘light in her hair’, which in practice means a crown of electric candles in a wreath on her head. Each of her handmaidens carries a candle, too. Parents gather in the dark with their mobile cameras at the ready.
The star boys, who like the handmaidens are dressed in white gowns, carry stars on sticks and have tall paper cones on their heads. The brownies bring up the rear, carrying small lanterns.