Advent

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Advent is a tradition we treasure in all of Scandinavia. It is the four weeks of waiting for Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent (4 Sundays) we light a candle, and each candle represents a prayer. We have one poem in particular, written by a very beloved Norwegian poet named Inger Hagerup, that all kids and adults alike in Norway knows by heart. We say one verse each Sunday as we light the candle.

I have translated the poem for you to English as there weren’t really translations available. So here it is:

Advent
By Inger Hagerup

We light the first candle tonight
And we light it for joy.
It stands alone
Shining bright for all of us to see
We light the first candle tonight
And we light it for joy.

We light the second candle tonight
And we light it for hope.
Two candles are burning brightly tonight
Two candles for hope and joy.
We light the second candle tonight
And we light it for hope.

We light the third candle tonight
And we light it for our longing.
Three candles are burning brightly tonight
Three candles for hope, joy and for longing.
We light the third candle tonight
And we light it for our longing.

We light all the four candles tonight,
And we let them burn for hope, joy, longing and peace,
But most of all for peace,
Peace to earth and to all mankind.
We light all the four candles tonight,
And we watch them burn down,
For hope, joy, longing and peace.

Beautiful art by: Lisi Martin

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A visit from Santa Claus

vintage santa

Listen! Here is the chime of Santa’s bell
Dearest Santa, do you have a fairy story to tell?
Tell us of presents, tell us of toys
tell us a tale from the North Pole!

And Santa’s so sweet, he gives us a treat!
He puts up his feet, and lights his pipe,
he beckons us children to sit by his side.
And all of a sudden, we are on a sleigh ride!

Up to the clouds and into the night
passed the silver moon shining so bright.

Listen to how the stormy winds blow
freezing blue our little toes!
But Santa knows well, he wraps us in blankets
woven by elves!

Soon we reach the snowbound lands
and Santa commands: Out we go!
into his home of ice and snow!

Here are toys high and low
a teddy bear, and a doll that says hello!

Santa’s elves are working away
for all the toys must be ready for Christmas Day!

They dance and they sing,
and every little plaything
is marching happily
into the sack of the Christmas Fairy!

For do not think that Santa is alone,
no, he can’t do all that work on his own

So the Christmas fairies fly
to far and nearby
to give the children their toys
all little girls and all little boys

So next time you leave
your cookies and milk
for Santa to eat and drink
remember the fairies
who love to eat berries,
and you’ll get a special treat!
maybe a toy or something good to eat!

Now the little children have fallen asleep
and Santa tip-toes without a peep
out to his sleigh waiting in the street
and off he goes until next time we meet

With a Ho-Ho-Ho! and a Ding-Dong-Ding!
gone is Santa, sleigh and everything!