Santa Lucia's Dag Morgen i Gammelgarden

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Jean Gregory Evans on December 30, 2008

I like this but want more information! Looks like fun is had here.


joyfotos on December 30, 2008

Yes, it is great fun. On the second Sunday of December Gammelgarden holds a Santa Lucia's Day celebration. We always go for the early church service that begins at 6:00am. But since it is in the Gammel Kyrkan (old church) which is very small you need to be there by at least 5:30 to get a spot. The candlelight service is all in Swedish. This year we had violin and guitar accompaning the hymns. The children always enjoyed the fact that everyone gets a candle to hold to read their program.

The photo was taken at the Valkommen Hus (Welcoming House) as you enter and congregate here before the service. It was a special look at the Dala horse outside as it is not often lit by candlelight.

The fun does not stop with the neat waking-hours church service - some people would think that is no fun, especially on the years when it is way below zero. There is a Swedish smorgasbord and Lucia presentation afterwards.

The smorgasbord table is decorated with Swedish ornaments and loaded with lots of traditional Swedish foods. There is herring (a taste I have never acquired), boiled eggs, salmon pate, different cheeses and Swedish breads, sweet breads, cookies, fruit soup, and rice pudding and ligonberries. Drinks are apple juice and root beer. There is a special significance for the root beer but at the moment it escapes me.

After the meal Santa Lucia and the starboys process in followed by the members of the Swedish girls choir. The choir sings Swedish Christmas songs. One of these songs is about Tomten, or the Swedish Santa Claus. Tomten is a tiny fellow dressed all in red. Each year a child from the community gets to dress as Tomten. Tomten carries a lantern and has bells on his clothes and skips in and out of tables around the room while the choir sings the song. After the celebration there are usually Swedish goodies and crafts for sale.

I would have put some photos of the program in but thought per the rules that all photos were supposed to be outdoors.


Jean Gregory Evans on December 30, 2008

That is an awesome story above here! Wow, how interesting. Thanks for all that typing!

You can put any photo you want on here. As you will see, Google Earth comes along in a few days and accepts them or does not select them. Google Earth likes the panoramas. Panoramio hosts the photos for GE but there are still many photos on P that are not on GE. Some people offer them to GE and then remove them if GE doesn't accept them. Others place photos on P but don't map them because they don't think that GE will take them. I like to map everything so people viewing will know where the photo was taken even if GE doesn't take it. Sometimes if GE doesn't take a photo, I delete it but other times, I like to leave them, like that squirrel photo and the chipmunk photo. I worked so hard to get them! People still enjoy them even if they can't get to them by going through GE.

If you place a photo on Panoramio, and it is accepted by GE, I have heard that you can no longer delete it. I have not tried deleting one yet!

Tonight is exciting for me, my raccoons photo just passed 4,000 views! It is almost unbelievable!


joyfotos on December 30, 2008

Congratulations on the 4,000 views - well deserved - it is a great shot.

Thanks for all the info on GE and Panoramio. I agree it is fun to look at all the photos - almost an addiction for me!


Jean Gregory Evans on December 30, 2008

No almost for me! I'm in, hook, line and sinker!

I have to go get some sleep now, it will soon be 11pm here by the time I get a few chores done, it will be passed my bedtime!

It has been fun chatting with you,


joyfotos on December 30, 2008

I have to head to bed myself. I was busy uploading some more photos - lots of animal photos for you to look at tomorrow. Deborah

thor☼odin™ on April 16, 2009

wow seems really Swedish to me! Do you have Swedisch ancestors Deborah?? Beste hälsningar, Peter

joyfotos on April 16, 2009

No, not that I know of but my husband's family immigrated in 1869 from Lidjoping. I know just enough Swedish to get me in trouble. We took a short Swedish course years ago before we went to Sweden to visit relatives my husband had newly located. He was able to speak Swedish with one of his cousins who did not speak Swedish. I mostly just helped with words here and there and typed up the letters he wrote for many years. Now we are slowly loosing the language as we are so busy we write less and less. It is sad.

This area is the biggest or near at least Swedish area in the US. Many people there still speak Swedish and occasionally the Queen of Sweden is there for a visit. It is a tiny little town but very proud of its Swedish heritage. Next year I will post more photos of the celebration if I get to go. This year I was a new Panoramioan and did not realize I could have posted them even if GE did not pick up.

I will mark your site and be back for a visit soon when I am not so tired.


thor☼odin™ on April 17, 2009

oh thank you JF for your extensive report... I know the swedish accent over there from a clogs-salesman in a Solvang market (CA) think he came from the midwest. Hope you slept well.. Best wishes, Peter

Norrel on April 23, 2009

I immediately recognized this horse as one of the Swedish horses of Dalarna country! The red painted house near the horse looks very Swedish as well.

Cheers, Norrel

joyfotos on April 24, 2009

Well spotted, you are correct! They are very proud of their heritage in this area. Moberg's books about Swedish immigrants were written about this area.


tommyj on April 2, 2010

A bit sentimental to me... I stayed in Dalarna, Sweden, for about 30 years, but now in South Africa for the last 11 years. Greetings from Tommy/South Africa. BTW: all your animal pictures are so great! Added you to my favorite photographers!

joyfotos on April 2, 2010

Hi Tommyj! I am glad I could evoke good memories for you! How lucky you are to have lived in so many wonderful places. I had a whirlwind tour of your gallery this morning by way of slideshow. I will have to come back to visit when I have a bit more time for comments. I am honored that you have added me to your have so many wonderful photos yourself.

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