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Christmas songs are a sure sign that Christmas is just around the corner. Here is one of my favorite festive songs of the season, Nu tändas tusen juleljus. There is also a Finnish language version, but this is the original. It is a beautiful song in either language and always puts me in the Christmas spirit. The song talks about the star of Betlehem bringing light into the darkness of the world, to every house, home and heart, and of lighting a thousand Christmas candles.

Piano is played by Benny Andersson (from Abba!). In the background of the video you can also see a Nordic Christmas custom; Saint Lucia (the girl with candles in her hair) and the children with their candles (which I will probably write more about on Saint Lucia’s Day next week! Update: Here is a link to my Lucia’s Day post where you can find more Scandinavian Christmas music as well).

Nu tändas tusen juleljus
på jordens mörka rund,
och tusen, tusen stråla ock
på himlens djupblå grund.

Och över stad och land i kväll
går julens glada bud,
att född är Herren Jesus Krist,
vår Frälsare och Gud.

Du stjärna över Betlehem,
o, låt ditt milda ljus
få lysa in med hopp och frid
i varje hem och hus!

I varje hjärta armt och mörkt
sänd du en stråle blid,
en stråle av Guds kärleks ljus
i signad juletid!

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