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PostSubject: Local and traditional wellknown Christmas songs/hymns.   Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:40 pm

I know we have some Christmas songs and hymns in common but we also have our own local songs which aren't so known all over the world. I guess it'll be a little difficult to translate the Danish texts to some songs and hymns into English. Some meanings will be lost in the the translation.



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PostSubject: Re: Local and traditional wellknown Christmas songs/hymns.   Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:09 pm

Well,as every country we have our own songs,I will try to find some and translate them,but most of the teenagres are singing the english sings,I do the same! cyclops

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PostSubject: Re: Local and traditional wellknown Christmas songs/hymns.   Thu Nov 15, 2007 11:44 pm

Yes, "Jingle bells", "White Christmas" and of course "Silente night" are songs and hymns we all sing all over the world.

And what about the funny song about the coconut? It's about a child/young person who can't get the shell off a coconut. A lot of bad things happens and some things are damaged but the nut is undamaged. It's just one example of another song which is sung many places around the world.

A hymn is the song you sing in the church for instance where you would never sing a song like for instance "Jingle Bells".

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PostSubject: Re: Local and traditional wellknown Christmas songs/hymns.   Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:12 am

Well I will share with you one of the Christmas songs that is probably only sung in Canada. It is in fact the first Canadian Christmas song written. It is called The Huron Carol. It is a haunting melody with lovely lyrics. One I enjoy very much to sing in my choirs.

It was written for the native Huron tribe by a Jesuit missionary Jean de Brébeuf around 1600. First it was written in Huron. Then later translated into French. And within last 35-40 years in English.

Here are the words in English although I have to admit my favourite version is the French one. It is more lovelier to sing. And I have attempted to sing in Huron although not successfully. Very hard syllables.

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The Huron Carol aka 'Twas In The Moon Of Winter

'Twas in the moon of winter time,
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wond'ring hunters heard the hymn:

Jesus your king is born!
Jesus is born: "In excelsis gloria!"

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Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender babe was found,
A raged robe of rabbit skin
Enrapped his beauty 'round;
And as the hunter braves drew nigh,
The angel song rang loud and high:

Jesus your king is born!
Jesus is born: "In excelsis gloria!"

3
The earliest moon of winter time
Is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory on
The helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt
With gifts of fox and beaver pelt:

Jesus your king is born!
Jesus is born: "In excelsis gloria!"

4
O children of the forest free,
O sons of Manitou;
The holy child of earth and heaven
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy,
Who brings you beauty, peace, and joy:

Jesus your king is born!
Jesus is born: "In excelsis gloria!"

Here is youtube link for the melody only:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=burJzNWC3hY
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PostSubject: Re: Local and traditional wellknown Christmas songs/hymns.   Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:23 am

A picture that I like that relates to the carol

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PostSubject: Re: Local and traditional wellknown Christmas songs/hymns.   Sat Nov 17, 2007 1:21 am

One of the nicest English/American Christmas songs I know is "The little drummerboy" about the poor boy who didn't have fine gifts for Jesus but would like to play for him on his drum.

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PostSubject: Re: Local and traditional wellknown Christmas songs/hymns.   Sun Nov 18, 2007 12:42 am

Bulgaria Virtual Guide - Bulgarian Christmas Eve and Christmas



It is believed that as Christmas Eve goes, so goes the life during the
following year. Therefore the whole family becomes involved in
performing the rituals.So, it is also Christmas
Eve in Bulgaria; by tradition, it may be called "Sukha koleda" (Dry
Christmas), "Malka koleda" (Little Christmas) or "Kadena vecher"

(Incensed Night). For Orthodox Christians, Christmas comes after 40
days and nights of fasting. The forty-day Advent, started on November
15, finishes on this day. Folk beliefs hold it that the Mother of Jesus
began her labours on St. Ignatiu's Day and gave birth to God's son on
Christmas Eve, but that she told of it only on the next day. According
to tradition, when bearing her first child, a young mother did not let
others know of the birth on the same day; instead people were told
about it only on the following day, when guests were invited into the
home.


Bulgaria's Orthodox Church turned to the reformed Julian calendar in
1968. Since then, Bulgaria has celebrated Christmas for three days
starting on December 25, same as most of the Christian world.



Throughout the fasting period, Orthodox Bulgarians will avoid alcohol
and animal products. Even the festive dinner on the eve of Christmas is
commerative and includes no meat, cheese, milk, eggs or animal oils.

Bulgaria's Orthodox Church recommends 13 different foods on the
Christmas-eve meal (salt, pepper and sugar are seen as separate foods).
The foods are vegetable and odd in number for luck. Beans are a
traditional Christmas Eve dish in Bulgaria, as families gather that
evening to a meatless holiday meal. This is possibly the most important family event of the year.
There are always walnuts on the table. Traditionally, wheat is boiled
and dishes such as boiled haricot, leaves stuffed with rice or grouts,
and stewed dried fruit are cooked. Wheat grains and the Ignazhden
(Saint Ignatius Day) kolaks (ring-shaped cake) are also put on the
table. After the festive mass starting at 12:00 am on December 25, all
should drink a sip of wine so that the divine blessing should come upon
them as fasting ends. A place at the table is left vacant for the
deceased (relatives or other dear people). The table is not cleared for
the night because people believe that the deceased will come to dinner.

The return to meat and dairy comes on Christmas day, with, one should hope, a cleansed mind and spirit for the coming year.
the Christmas Eve table, fortunes are told. To predict what the year is
going to be, everyone cracks a walnut. If it is good and delicious, the
year is going to be lucky, if the walnut is empty, you can expect a bad
year. Predictions are also made for the weather in each month of the
new year, the expected crops, each family member's health, and for the
coming marriages of the girls. As you can understand, the Christmas Eve
requires much time and the efforts of each family member. The
women-folk arise very early in the morning and are busily preparing the
festive meals during the whole day. They spared no pain to be ready
with everything and observe the tradition when Christmas Eve came. It
is believed that the way Christmas Eve goes is the way life during the
following year will go. With no work to be done in the fields,
everyone's efforts become home-centered. Certainly, a festival as
important as Christmas Eve deserves to be celebrated in the proper
manner.
Only boys participate as major figures in the ritual known as Koleduvane.
Its purpose is to wish health, good luck and fertility to the heads of
households, to their houses, livestock, land, etc. The koledari, as
those participating in the ritual are called, are divided into two age
groups. Each group may consist of 10 or more koledari who divide the
homes of their village or neighborhood among themselves, to be sure
each will be blessed. The preparations include the learning of songs
and dances, and the decoration of costumes, which include the kalpaci
(fur hats) decorated with bouquets of boxwood and wild geranium, carved
wooden staffs, yamurluci (hooded cloaks) which are made to size,
sandals, and new fancy leggings. The magnificent embroidery on the
white shirts is especially beautiful.
The koledari songs are characteristically lively, happy and festive,
and are performed antiphonally. The group divides into two subgroups,
then one groups begins, and the second group repeats what the first
group has just sung. The songs can be divided into several themes:
those which are sung on the road from one house to another, those which
are sung while entering or leaving a house, those devoted to the head
of the house, those for the women, those for small children, those for
unmarried girls, those for soldiers, those for the livestock, those for
the fertility of the fields, and so on. At the end of the performance,
the head of the household gives stedro (from his heart) - so called
Koledni gevreci (round buns), banitsa,sirine,fruits, walnuts, popcorn and other traditional delicacies..
Today, Christmas is still a very special family holiday in modern
Bulgaria. In the cities, the koledari tradition is not followed as
strictly as in the villages. However, city dwellers should not be
surprised if kids (survakarcheta) knock on the door after midnight on
Christmas to sing a song, wishing happiness, love, health and wealth
during the coming year.
December 26 in Bulgaria is celebrated as the second day of Christmas. It is
officially a non-working day. It is a day to pay tribute to Jesus'
mother Virgin Mary. Bulgarians believe that Virgin Mary will bring
their prayers to Jesus, as she is His closest person.
And we should mention in closing ... the Bulgarian greeting is "Vesela Koleda"; Merry Christmas.

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