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Today´s Guest Blogger: Anna Dorfman, New York, United States
Blog: www.doorsixteen.com
In the United States, it’s not uncommon to hear Christmas music wafting from shop speakers as early as the beginning of November, but it’s not “Here Comes Santa Claus” or “Jingle Bell Rock” that puts me in the holiday spirit. For me, it’s not Christmastime until I put on the recording of Swedish Christmas music that I grew up listening to each and every year: Christmas in Sweden, recorded in 1962 by Åke Jelving and a chorus of parents and children.

This is jovial, happy music, sung with energy and enthusiasm…and with audible gasping and stomping!

Our mother may be Swedish, but my siblings and I haven’t got a clue what the lyrics mean. I suspect that they, like me, sing along phonetically (and badly) in the privacy of their own homes. On Christmas day, we put the record on and leave the singing to Mommy as we all hold hands and dance in a circle, usually around the spread of snacks and glögg on the kitchen island.

My gift to you is a download of Christmas in Sweden. My husband made the MP3s directly from the record, so you’ll hear all the same snaps and crackles that I do when I listen to the original. I think that just adds to the appeal! Unless you’re a Swede, this may not sound like Christmas music to you at first, but give it time. (And maybe enjoy it with a little glögg.)

God Jul!
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Here’s the rest of the information you’ll need:

This is the link for the download:
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Q8QRLXXH

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My family on Christmas in 1975. I’m the baby sitting in my mother’s lap!

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15 Responses to Dec 16th Door 16

  1. Kristina December 16, 2009 at 18:28 #

    Thanks Anna & Dos Family. This is pretty much the perfect Christmas album, and what I’ve been searching for for years.

  2. susan December 16, 2009 at 21:09 #

    I am listening to the music now (at work). I love this. Thank you so much :)

  3. Jenny at Dos Family December 16, 2009 at 21:50 #

    Anna! I love the pictures you sent us AND the album. Will tell all my relatives in the states about it.

  4. kaylovesvintage December 16, 2009 at 22:16 #

    nice, we got a finish christmas record which we got from our gran

  5. PJ December 17, 2009 at 05:42 #

    Thank you Anna for giving me a “little more Swedish” for my Christmas.
    My Christmas’ get a very tiny bit of the traditions:with rice pudding, glogg, gravlax, the annual Swedish market, Swedish flags on the tree, tomte & a straw goat.
    Wish my father could have taught us the language & more! It is so lovely to share our Swedish heritage!

  6. Design ideas December 17, 2009 at 10:53 #

    Lovely! Thanks!

  7. Alison MacPherson December 17, 2009 at 14:28 #

    Thank you so much for the download! My husband and I have listened to it about five times since yesterday and I’m sure it will become a firm Christmas favourite in our house. God Jul!

  8. Elisabeth Dunker December 17, 2009 at 16:14 #

    That is a nice christmas record Anna, and how very nice with a post from you here :)!

  9. Lisa January 2, 2010 at 20:14 #

    Thank you! This is really fun.

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