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Live advent calendar in Sweden, Swedish children song

06 2009

Today in several countries of the world, it is Sinterklaas (St Nicholas). In the Netherlands, Zwarte Piet (Black Peter), Sinterklaas’ helper, has helped Sinterklaas deliver presents to children who have been good while he has filled his huge bag with nasty kids. The legend says that Zwarte Piet takes children who have been bad to Spain. I think I wouldn’t mind being very bad, I would love to travel to Spain!

With these early Christmas celebrations taking place, it is also time for Ukulele & Languages to become somewhat Christmassy with a new Christmas look.

Elsewhere in the world, in Sweden, in the city of Lindesberg, live events are taking place to mark each day of the advent calendar. And Ukuleles have been featured for door nr. 3 of the calendar. If you are in a hurry, start watching from 1:52 onwards.

A good way for Santa Claus to check whether children have been good is to sing them Är du vaken Lars (Are you awake Lars ?), a Swedish song written by Gullan Bornemark in which a mother asks her son Lars if he is awake and whether he has washed his hands and brushed his teeth. Here is a ukulele adaptation of the song by Mab and Hrlarson who have appropriately renamed the song Är du vaken Mab ?

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  1. Flamby1er on the 6th of December 2009 @ 21:45

    I like the Christmas look. Good job!

  2. Acilius on the 7th of December 2009 @ 16:27

    I’ve always said that you can’t truly appreciate the Mamas & the Papas until you’ve heard their songs in the original Swedish!

  3. Armelle Europe on the 7th of December 2009 @ 19:51

    Flamby1er : thanks very much for the feedback, Alex ! Much appreciated :)

    Acilius : ha ha ! I am so bad when it comes to identifying songs… I knew I had heard it before but they have so very cunningly altered the English lyrics that it sounded pretty original (no mention of California there, they are talking about dream and fantasy and about a friend who has moved…)
    Thanks for helping me clearing this, Acilius :)

  4. Janet on the 26th of August 2013 @ 04:53

    I looking for more information about an Advent poem I heard in a Heidi movie with Martin Sheen when he was pretty young). The song went something like “Advent Advent little light, first one, then two, then three, then four then the Christ child comes knocking at the door. Would like more information about the song.

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