My oldest daughter goes to keyboard classes, and her teacher is from Prague. When I was peaking in on them yesterday, he was teaching her a Christmas carol, and he referred to the “Norwegian Christmas Treasure”. Apparently we are the only country with numerous carols especially for Christmas (I can think of near 40 Christmas carols just off the bat), and the country in the world with most songs in general. The reason is that Norway used to be a very rough country, with very separated valleys and towns, and many remote areas, leading to little exchange of traditions in the centuries before 1900. I can’t vouch for these claims, but I think maybe there could be something to it…;-)
The graphics I’m sharing tonight is not Norwegian, but issued by the American company Louis Prang somewhere between 1861 and 1897. It reminds me very much of one of the beautiful Christmas carols, with the phrase “engler daler ned i skjul” meaning something like “angles are secretly descending”:
The phrase is from (one of) the Norwegian version(s) of Silent Night called “Glade Jul”. The original version is the Austrian 1808 “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht” composed by Franz Gruber, lyrics by Joseph Mohr. Neither the German nor the English version has the reference to “angels descending secretly”, so I have no idea how the Danish poet B. S. Ingemann came up with that phrase in 1850 when he wrote the Danish lyrics, which are the basis also for the most common Norwegian version used today.
Here are my Secret Christmas Angels:
Surprise! My Secret Christmas Angels are also tucked in a Norgesglass! (Vintage Norwegian Mason jar) and this time they are lit up with a candle inside. My picture does not show it, but the angels are also generously sprinkled with glitter…:-)
Here’s how to easily create this Angel lantern for Christmas yourself:
- Print out my sheet with two wraps (I used 170g matte photo paper, but I think even thinner paper would look good with these, since part of the point is to have them light up from inside 😉
- Cut out the wraps.
- Apply glue on the wraps and sprinkle generously with glitter (I used spray glue).
- Use a piece of tape to glue the sides together, forming a cylinder. I managed to get the tape on the inside of the cylinder, but you might want to practice that on a piece of scrap paper first, as it was a little tricky to do…:-P
- Ease the cylinder down into your jar
- Fill a little salt into the middle of the cylinder, for the candle to sit more steadily in place.
- Insert candle in glas cup, or preferably candle on batteries, to avoid any fire hazard! (A small string of lights would also look great inside this lantern!)
- TA-DAH: an adorable Vintage Secret Christmas Angels Lantern
This file is free for your personal use and enjoyment. Go to the download folder below to grab your high quality copy 🙂
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I have used the following graphics for this design: