Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy Weekend: "Julgransplundering" in Sweden.




































Wishing you a wonderful weekend! Are you a keeper of New Year's Resolutions? Do you feel like the New Year is well on it's way?  Has your pace picked up again, after the holidays? Do you have January traditions that you celebrate in your area of the world or within your family? I'd love to hear from you. 

For all of it's modernity, traditions are kept in Sweden.  Here, January 13 brings "julgransplundering;" which means that it's time to label ornaments and take down the Christmas tree. Most schools have had their Christmas holidays up until this past Monday or Tuesday; traffic is still kindly flowing at a holiday tempo and people have been trickling back home after travels. This weekend, I've seen plentiful notices about "julgransplundering" at local organizations, offices and churches. This means children will be invited to mark this occasion by gathering to dance and sing traditional Christmas songs around the tree and end up with Santa arriving with a last Christmas goody bag!

As we say good-bye to the holidays, I wish you again a year filled with joy, merriment and brightness! I look forward to meeting you back here next week.

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6 comments:

  1. Same to you WILLOWDAY. I'm looking forward to enjoying your site in 2013.

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    1. Thank you so much taking taking the time to comment. I look forward to meeting you here in the year to come! Happy New Year!

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  2. I'm still so immune to Swedish that when I see a word here and there I always assume it's a made up language for a second ;). I love the way Jugransplundering looks, though—and that in Sweden decorations stay up so late. A nice gentle start to the year. Happy New Year to you!

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    1. It's great to hear from you. Yes, gentle is a good way to describe Swedish Christmas -- once the 24th is here, the period is very, very calm. Happy New Year to you, too!

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  3. What a great way to end the festive season! - we may well become Swedish for a time next year : ) We pack our decorations away on the 12th night after Christmas and it always seems to soon!

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    1. I love learning about how things are done in different parts of the world, too! I'm so curious: do most people use the 12th night as their gage in your area of the world?

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