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Thread #169139   Message #4087411
Posted By: Felipa
10-Jan-21 - 03:24 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: St Knut's Day 13 Jan
Subject: Folklore: St Knut's Day 13 Jan
Recently I read a discussion about when people take down their Christmas days. It seems some people were disposing of trees early this year, giving the unprepared local authorities a bit of a headache. Most people said they usually keep decorations up to 6 Jan ... and I notice some of my neighbours waited till the weekend after that. At least one participant in the discussion believes the Christmas season should continue till Candlemas, 2 Feb. But no one mentioned taking down the tree on St. Knut's Day, a tradition I was ignorant of until I got an email about it today.

According to mamalisa.com (Children's songs from around the world):

St. Knut's Day is a holiday celebrated in Sweden on January 13th. The day is called Tjugondag Knut (20th day Knut). On St. Knut's Day, they "plunder" the Christmas tree (Julgransplundring). If there are edible ornaments on the tree, they eat them. They also take off all the non-edible ornaments and throw away the tree.

People also take a hammer and break up the gingerbread house while singing
Nu är glada julen slut, slut, slut,
julegranen kastas ut, ut, ut,
men till nästa år igen
kommer han vår gamle vän
för det har han lovat.

Now Merry Christmas ends, ends, ends,
The Christmas tree is thrown out, out, out,
But next year once again
Our old friend will come back
Because he has promised.

This song comes from the last verse of the Christmas song called Raska fötter springa tripp, tripp, tripp (Hasty Feet Run Quick, Quick, Quick!), also known as Liten Julvisa
Lyrics by Sigrid Sköldberg-Pettersson (1870 - 1941)
Melody by Emmy Köhler (1858-1925).
Scroll to bottom of the linked Mama Lisa page for videos, music notation, and midi