UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Scandinavians end holidays with a merry 'Tjugondag Knut' in Fairfield

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Scandinavians end holidays with a merry 'Tjugondag Knut' in Fairfield

Imagine it's that festive holiday time of year. You invite a few friends over to share the seasonal cheer, you sing carols and dance around the Christmas tree ... then strip it bare and toss it out the back door.
If you're Scandinavian, this scenario is called Tjugondag Knut, or St. Knut's Day, falling on the twentieth day after Christmas. Celebrated for centuries, it is the traditional end of the holiday season for the Scandinavian peoples. In Fairfield, the festival was observed Saturday evening at the Scandinavian Club on South Pine Creek Road.
Wearing bright red sweaters or jackets and gray or black dress pants, a choir of two dozen singers began the celebration with Christmas carols and other traditional songs. Pianist Dorothy Civitelli accompanied the group -- members from the Scandinavian Club, Northern Lights Singers, North Star Singers and Apollo Singing Society -- while Cameron Phillips led the performance overall. Tunes like "Let It Snow" and "Deck the Halls" were crowd favorites.
As the singers concluded, chairs were pushed to the side and a small Christmas tree placed in the center of the room. Wivan Sundman scooped up an accordion, invited attendees to form a circle around the tree and led them in traditional dances. Then Sundman asked young members and the "young at heart" to grab treats from the tree before it was gathered up and carried outside to be discarded. READ MORE: http://www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com/default/article/Scandinavians-end-holidays-with-a-merry-2568118.php

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