Day 7: Musical Advent Calendar 2018

Artist: Désirée Edlund / Gunilla Gårdfeldt / Nisse Hansén
Title: Tomtarnas julnatt
Language: Swedish
Translation: The Gnomes’ Christmas Night

Swedish word for Christmas: Jul

This is a great Swedish children’s song for Christmas. I love the section where the drums kick in on this track. It reminds me of ‘Playschool’ in the 70s.

A Tomtar is a type of gnome or elf, that is generally kind and benevolent. They live under houses, and on Christmas Eve in Sweden people leave food out for them. There is a great explanation (along with lyrics in both Swedish and English) here:

DJ Esperanto


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