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Cross-Cultural Experience

20 Dec
December 19, 2016.
I first posted the blog below on December 9, 2012. It is a happy seasonal memory I thought I would share again. Hope you enjoy it!

 

Last night we attended
As is tradition all over teh world, a girl is chosen to play Santa Lucia and wear her crown of candles.

As is tradition in Scandinavia, a girl is chosen to play Santa Lucia and wear her crown of candles and red sash.

…a Swedish children’s concert in celebration of Santa Lucia (whose feast day is Dec. 13)
…sung by a children’s choir from La Chiesa di Svezia (The Swedish Church), which is Roman Catholic
 
…held on the day Italians celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
…in a German Lutheran Church (the only Lutheran Church in Rome)
Half of the service was in Swedish, half in Italian.  It was sweet! I recognized a lot of the music from my Minnesota Swedish Lutheran upbringing.
Not your average Lutheran Church.... This one is German, the only Lutheran Church in Rome, built in the early 20th century.

Not your average Lutheran Church…. This one is German, the only Lutheran Church in Rome, built in the early 20th century.

The chorus ranged form 4 or 5 year-olds to teenagers, boys and girls.

The chorus ranged from 4 or 5 year-olds to teenagers,both boys and girls.

The Swedish ex-pats here, both from the diplomatic community and those who have married Italians,  support a lively Swedish language program to keep in touch with their heritage. There was a Swedish Christmas market last weekend at La Chiesa Svezia.Chorus by candlelight. Sweet sweet singing all in Swedish.
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6 Responses to “Cross-Cultural Experience”

  1. Chloe Erkenbrecher December 20, 2016 at 22:32 #

    Thank you for sharing your memory. Have a joyous Christmas.

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    • GoodDayRome December 21, 2016 at 01:38 #

      Dear Chloe, Thank you! It is fun to look back over my older posts and realize they are still worth sharing! We’ve been so busy I haven’t managed to get the book published. Praying I get to it in early January. Merry Christmas!

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  2. Marcia December 20, 2016 at 01:25 #

    I bet you’ll be anxious to get into your new beach home!

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  3. ckleonard December 20, 2016 at 00:28 #

    Another memory of your time in Rome. I enjoyed being reminded of this special occasion again. Merry Christmas in Oregon this year.

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    • GoodDayRome December 20, 2016 at 02:53 #

      Thank you dear Carolyn! Sorry we haven’t been able to get together. January for sure!

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