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A cloudy day

Clouds at frilandsmuseet 2

Clouds at Frilandsmuseet 1

open air museum Denmark 4

A very cloudy day at the Danish open air museum in Lyngby.

December 7

danish nisse elf

A little info about nisser at this old post

December 13

Day for the Lucia-procession. Every school, home for elder people, institutions and also many commercial buisness have a Lucia procession. While I am looking for a Lucia photo, these nisser can play a little for you.

nisser-6  nisser-7

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucy’s_Day

From http://www.historie-online.dk/special/lucia/idanmark.htm :
Lucia is originally a Swedish tradition. Lucie night or “lusse Night” was the year’s longest, until Denmark and Sweden went on to the Gregorian calendar in 1700 and 1753. Before that time,  Solstice was on December 13 – in other words Lucie night, the longest of the year’s. The name was Lucia in connection with “lux” the Latin for light.

http://www.stockholmnews.com/more.aspx?NID=419  (From Sweden)
Lucia is celebrated every year at the 13th of December with Glögg, a sort of warm and sweet wine (not necessarily alcoholic) and gingerbread cakes. In the early morning there are Lucia processions with, usually young people or children, who are dressed in specific outfits and singing traditional songs.

Since the Nobel price winners are gathered in Stockholm at this time of the year, the tradition says that they, without prior warning, is visited in their hotel rooms in the early morning by a Lucia procession. One year a Nobel price winner got really scared since he thought he was visited by the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The hats normally used by the male participants resemble the hats of the KKK. Except for this time, the tradition is normally appreciated.

Deirdre have  some Lucia pictures at her blog.