Part 6 in a 25 Part Series: Maryann's Favorite Christmas Things


Here, we can dream about that peace,
which has been lost for so long.
Heaven has given us this child,
and Earth is filled with song.

- "En Stjerne Skinner i Natt"

You know that line in Blazing Saddles when Hedley says, "Now go do that voodoo that you do so well!"  This one (at 0:53):

Well, every year when December comes around, my favorite way to start Advent is with Julfest at my local jaw-droppingly gorgeous Covenant Church.  Half the service is in Swedish, the sanctuary is adorned in Scandinavian ornaments, banners and decor, there's tomtar and pepparkaksgubbar and Saint Lucia and delicious refreshments.  So why the Blazing Saddles quote?  Because when the first Sunday in December rolls around, I want to yell to my Scandinavian Christian Brethren  "Now go do that Christmas voodoo that you do so well!"

Scandinavians celebrate Christmas right.  Not that there's a right or wrong way to celebrate Christmas (there totally is, I'm just saying this to be politically correct), but I love Scandinavian Christmas traditions.  Keep in mind, I am not Scandinavian in any way.  I'm purely from the British Isles in terms of ancestry.  But oh, to be Swedish or Finnish or Norwegian or Nordic is any way!  Oh well, my people can lay a small claim to Dickensian/Victorian Christmases.  The point is, when I say "I love Scandinavian Christmas!" I'm not speaking with any kind of authority or legitimacy.  I just know that when I see a Carl Larsson or Jenny Nystrom print, read a Jan Brett book or see a Dalecarlian horse, I want to whisk myself away to Sweden for Christmas.

Anyway.  Julfest.  This was I believe my 4th year in attendance.  My friend Johanna always reads a passage and sometimes sings in the choir!  Her church is so lovely:

Julfest is definitely one of my favorite Christmas things.


Allie said...

Is that a child in a gnome hat and beard?!

Maryann said...

yes it is! He's like a little santa gnome, and there's a song and a few kids go around the sanctuary with beards and hats and lanterns!