Started by pyewacket, December 04, 2015, 12:33:34 AM
Quote from: K_Dubb on December 13, 2015, 04:24:38 PMSo dark is the night in midwinter's-timeBut see the approaching Lucia!She comes, the good one, with all the lights here.She comes with greetings of Christmas peace.She comes with lights in her crown.In the dark night of midwinter-timeWe welcome you, friend Lucia.We welcome you, good one, with all the lights here,We welcome your greetings of Christmas peace,We welcome the lights in your crown.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfW4LTCCdO8God Luciadagen til alle sammen.
Quote from: Unscreened Caller on December 13, 2015, 06:56:16 PMSo beautiful. I can almost see ancient celebrations of the wheel of darkness now balanced for the return of the light. The song and the pagentry of it with the candlelight gave me chills.
Quote from: pyewacket on December 13, 2015, 04:08:55 PMWinter holidays in Russia! Коляда! (Kolyada)
Quote from: Unscreened Caller on December 13, 2015, 06:50:44 PMLove the Murphys! I'll save the Real MacKenzies Auld Lang Syne reply for New Year's Eve. This is my favorite time of the year because choirs come into their own, unless you're Welsh and then choirs are in the blood, heh heh.My two favorites, one stately, one merry.
Quote from: Mind Flayer Monk on December 13, 2015, 07:10:49 PMThat's interesting. I learned something new today, thank you.
Quote from: pyewacket on December 13, 2015, 04:54:54 PMThank you, K_Dubb! It's been ages since I've heard this song. I'm so happy people are keeping these old traditions alive.
Quote from: K_Dubb on December 14, 2015, 03:22:37 AMMost welcome, I dearly wish my Scandy was good enough to give you an adequate translation of that version (one of several texts set to that music) of the second song they're singing cuz it packs a metaphysical wallop. Here's a poor effort:Sankta Lucia, shining mirage,Spread in our winter's night the splendor of your beauty.Dreams with "vingesus" (an untranslatable word meaning the noise made by the beating of wings) prophesy unto us,Shine your white light, Sankta Lucia.Come in your white robes, bless us with your call.Grant us, you bride of Yule, the idea of Yule-joy.Dreams with vingesus etc.Troll-magic (literally!) and dark power are subjugated by your light;Use your sacred flames to guard and protect us.Dreams with vingesus etc.May the stars that guide us, by which we find our way,Be your shining beacons, beautiful priestess.Dreams with vingesus etc.
Quote from: Rix Gins on December 14, 2015, 04:24:46 AMhttps://youtu.be/xwxIS_8-zz0
Quote from: pyewacket on December 14, 2015, 01:39:35 PMThank you K_Dubb! Nice to see the magical references from the Pagan roots. I remember reading the book, April Snow by Lillian Budd when I was child. It was all about a woman and her family living in Sweden in the late 1800s. The Sankta Lucia song made me think of this book because of the chapter describing the eldest daughter cast in the role. Now I want to reread the book. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10394239-april-snow
Quote from: K_Dubb on December 14, 2015, 01:57:44 PMThanks, just ordered it! The Scandy languages are pretty spare and word-poor compared to English with its huge borrowings from French but occasionally you get some startlingly sharp images in their poetry.
Quote from: K_Dubb on December 14, 2015, 12:44:56 PMI love that one! Like a Christmas card from midcentury America. This is nearly as good:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEOIkL-lyGg
Quote from: Robert Ghostwolf's Ghost on December 14, 2015, 01:56:51 PMAnd here are some acornaments for zeebo!
Quote from: Rix Gins on December 14, 2015, 04:01:52 PMYes, that's a fun song to hang ornaments by. Thanks. I so wish that you were my next door neighbor, K. I could stroll over and we could fire up our pipes. Later on I could sample some of your latest, freshly baked delicacies. Yum!
Quote from: K_Dubb on December 14, 2015, 04:17:20 PM
Quote from: K_Dubb on December 14, 2015, 04:17:20 PMNow that's a lovely thought, Rix. For now it's julekake with butter and gjetost just like grandma had, washed down with black coffee and Dunhill's Elizabethan mixture.Here's another favorite of mine, strangely from some foreign (Vietnamese?) website:http://m.nhacso.net/nghe-nhac/bossa-nova-noel.VllTWkVZ.htmlSnow falling down on the city,Everything looking so pretty.This time of year you're sure to hearBossa nova noeland the kicker at the end:And when he comes I'll be with himDancing that greatest of rhythms.You're gonna see Santa and meDoing bossa nova noel.
Quote from: albrecht on December 14, 2015, 04:37:26 PMSo have you started on your lefse yet or waiting closer to the time? A neighbor lady just spent 2 days making a bunch of it for folks. Some for a Christmas party, some for freezing, and other distributed around to people. Also some others made some tasty krumkake and kransekake but no lutefisk; yet.
Quote from: K_Dubb on December 14, 2015, 04:42:41 PMWill tackle that this week. Got some pointers from a lady at the local Daughters of Norway Julefest who was whipping them out like nobody's business, all while dressed in a bunad! God I had flour in my shoes the last time I tried it.
Quote from: albrecht on December 14, 2015, 04:47:01 PMWow, she has skills! A several women and girls wore bunads at the Juletrefest I went too though I don't think any wore whilst cooking. haha. Good luck with yours!
Quote from: K_Dubb on December 14, 2015, 04:57:39 PMThanks! It's mostly women that wear them for some reason. When I wore my herrebunad last year all the vakre norske piker wanted their pictures taken with me. Almost made up for the pinchy buckled shoes, woolen socks and little silver jewelry pins that stick you everywhere. And the dorky hat.
Quote from: albrecht on December 14, 2015, 05:03:49 PMHa, you got the right idea! It is still so warm down here I can't imagine wearing that get-up. Don't get me wrong, beautiful weather!! But not for Christmas time, I hope we get a cold-front sometime soon.
Quote from: K_Dubb on December 14, 2015, 05:16:25 PMWell hope for cold weather for you!What's insane is wearing it for syttende mai. Sure you can take off the trÃ¸ye but the wool socks are murder in anything above 45 degrees, let alone marching in a 4-mile parade at 65.