Another chunk of songs for your Solstice enjoyment!
We'll start with something more serious. This one was a suggestion from a reader (onelittlepagan) - a Paganized version of "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Craig Olson. The images of an actual Solstice celebration are beautiful. What a lovely home! Thanks for sharing, onelittlepagan! I had only ever heard the Christian version and this cover, I find, works well.
How about a song about nissers, spirits from Norway and Denmark who are basically gnomes? They've become associated with both Christmas and Solstice. Many families leave porridge with a pat of butter out for them during the holidays. Perhaps nissers are in Santa's spiritual DNA? I wouldn't discount it. I don't know if I have any Norwegian blood in me (if I do, it's from a very, very long time ago...) but my husband does. I wonder if there are nissers around, just waiting for us to befriend them? Anyway, this adorable little song is called "Jeg Tror Der Findes Nisser" ("I Think There are Gnomes") by Thomas Kjellerup.
And while we're dealing with European spirits, what Solstice would be complete without The Krampus Christmas Song? While Nissers can have a malicious streak if crossed, the Krampus is a bit terrifying. Meeting him and his birch whipping rod is way worse than getting coal. Krampus is a huge tradition in parts of Europe (and even some parts of America). On a certain day of the year, several adults will dress up as Krampus and roam the streets to frighten children with old chains. Some even lightly hit people. Sounds fun, to me!
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