Sarah McLachlan
Song For A Winter’s Night

The lamp is burning low upon my table top the snow is softly falling
The air is still within the silence of my room I hear your voice softly calling
If I could only have you near to breathe a sigh or two
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love on this winter night with you

The smoke is rising in the shadows overhead my glass is almost empty
I read again between the lines upon the page the words of love you sent me
If I could know within my heart that you were lonely too
I would be happy just to hold the hands I love upon this winter night with you

The fire is dying now, my lamp is growing dim the shades of night are lifting
The morning light steals across my windowpane where webs of snow are drifting
If I could only have you near to breathe a sigh or two I would be happy just to hold the hands I love and to be once again with with you

To be once again with with you


Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you’ll go down in history!


Happy Saint Lucia Day!!!

The tradition of celebrating Saint Lucia of Italy in Sweden is honoured annually on 13th December. The total darkness of the Lucia early morning is broken by the glow of the Lucia figure dressed in a flowing gown of white and afire with a wreath of candles upon her head. Sankta Lucia, as she is known in Swedish, is a creature of goodness and light. She is a shining angel illuminating the way to the Christmas season.

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Lucia Song Lyrics:

Natten går tunga fjät
rund gård och stuva;
kring jord, som sol förlät,
skuggorna ruva.
Då i vårt mörka hus,
stiger med tända ljus,
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Natten går stor och stum
nu hörs dess vingar
i alla tysta rum
sus som av vingar.
Se, på vår tröskel står
vitklädd med ljus i hår
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

Mörkret ska flyta snart
ur jordens dalar
så hon ett underbart
ord till oss talar.
Dagen ska åter ny
stiga ur rosig sky
Sankta Lucia, Sankta Lucia.

The night goes with heavy steps
around farm and cottage;
round the earth the sun has forsaken,
the shadows are brooding.
There in our darkened house,
stands with lighted candles
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia.

The night passes, large and mute
now one hears wings
in every silent room
whispers as if from wings.
See, on our threshold stands
white-clad with candles in her hair
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia.

The darkness shall soon depart
from the earth’s valleys
then she speaks
a wonderful word to us.
The day shall be born anew
Rising from the rosy sky.
Saint Lucia, Saint Lucia.

  1. Hank
    Dec 13, 2006

    Ha ha ha! Nice that you keep track of what’s going on in Sweden. I listened to the food clip at work the other day and it’s funny to hear other cultures (or at least societies) take on, for example, Swedish food.

    About Lucia. Did you know that Lucia night is one of the nights when the giant christmas goat (here in Gävle) is most likely to burn. I noticed that you actually can bet on it in the US, but if I were you I would keep my money for another couple of days. I don’t think its going to burn just yet.

  2. cgilch78
    Dec 13, 2006

    Hank, what in the !@*&^!@*(&^ are you talking about? Hahahahaha!

  3. Hank
    Dec 13, 2006

    LOL! Well since Joe seems to read “the Local” (the site with Swedish news in English) I gathered he’d have read about the great straw goat of Gävle(!!!). Anyway, here in our little town they bild a giant christmas goat, as for chistmas decoration. And every (well out of the 40 times they’ve built it it’s been destroyed 22 i think) year someone burns it down. Last year witnesses saw a “gingerbread man and a Santa” fire fire arrows at it burning it to the ground. This year, however, to prevent it from getting destroyed, officials impregnated it (as so many times before) with a unburnable mixture.

    Here in Gävle this is one of the big subjects right now (not the least at my TV-station), is if and when it is going to burn. AND I heard that you in the US actually can bet money on a date when the flames will take it.

    As a little trivia; the only one ever busted for setting it on fire was an American citizen:) He was fined 100 000 swedish kronor (app 14 300 USD), and tried to excuse himself by saying he was tricked into doing it in belief that it was a tradition.

    Well…it is a tradition, and as for me, I’d say it will burn december 30th.

  4. Joe
    Dec 13, 2006

    I totally read about that!!!!

    The dude said that it is virtually impossible to burn it!!!

    I agree with him, it will never happen… The tradition and the celebration of the holiday will diminish over the next few years for Swedes and they will replace it with one that CAN burn to make people happy.