(The Bear is Sleeping)
(Bridge, Bridge, Glasses)
(The Little Sandman with the Umbrella)
(There is a Baker on North Street)
(One Elephant Came Marching)
(A Small Elf Traveled)
(First One Way (The Shoemaker's Dance))
Folk Dance Song
(Over Where the Road Makes a Turn)
(High on a Branch a Crow Sat)
(Live for long)
(I Traveled Over Sea and Land)
(Clap, Clap, Cake)
Clapping Game For Babies
(Far Out in the Woods was a Little Mountain)
(Itsy Bitsy Spider)
(Now It's Christmas Time)
(Ochre, Gochre, Rubber Bells)
(Forehead Bone, Apple of My Eye)
(Ride, ride ranke!)
(So We Go 'round the Juniper Bush)
(Rat-a-tat Tat, Tin Soldiers)
Finger Naming Rhyme
(Hush My Little Child)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Denmark and more.
David wrote to us asking for help with a song from the island of Fyn in Denmark… I need help with this song. It is found in an oral history from my ancestor on the island of Funen (Fyn in Danish) in Denmark; Odense is the capital. Here’s the phonetic version of the song: Socksey [...]
In Scandinavia, there’s a beautiful celebration in December called Santa Lucia. The celebration started in part of Sweden in the 18th century. It slowly spread to the rest of the country in the 19th century and to most of Scandinavia in the 20th century. Traditionally, to celebrate [...]
The expression "to tie the knot" means "to get married". There are several places where tied knots have been connected to marriage and love. During Roman times, brides wore a belt or girdle at their wedding tied in a Hercules Knot. Only the groom was allowed to untie [...]
Tamela wrote asking for help with a Danish poem her father recited. Here’s her email: Hi, I am wondering if you can help me at all. I am searching for the full words to an old Scandinavian children’s poem that my Danish father used to tell us. It is about three children, [...]
Here’s a video Lego put out for its 80th birthday about how the company got started and how Legos came to be made. It’s about 17 minutes long... The LEGO company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family who founded it in 1932 in Denmark. Photo: Wikipedia [...]
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, [...]
Santa Lucia's Day is celebrated on December 13th in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. It commemorates the life of Santa Lucia, who is also known as Saint Lucy. It’s the beginning of the Christmas season in those countries and is a celebration of light - at the time of year when [...]
Advent Candles are used to mark the days from December 1st until Christmas Eve on December 24th. The candles have the numbers 1 to 24 on them, starting at the top with 1 and ending near the bottom of the candle with 24. Each day you light the candle and let it burn down to […] [...]
Hans Christian Andersen wrote many well-known Fairy Tales for children. He was born in the city of Odense, Denmark in 1805. In the photo you can see a statue of him in a park in Odense. We have a Danish song written by H.C. Andersen on Mama Lisa’s World called Hist, hvor vejen [...]
People around the world leave different "treats" for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. In the US and Canada, we put out milk and cookies for Santa. I have to say when he comes to our house, he leaves a big mess of crumbs on the table… but he always writes us a note [...]
Lots of Traditional Danish lyrics with their melodies - in Danish only.
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Featuring sheet music and links to recordings!
In Christmas Carols Around The World we've gathered over 75 beloved carols from countries and cultures all around the globe.
Each carol includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Each includes links to recordings on the Mama Lisa website, some by professional
musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help
preserve their culture.
Most include beautiful illustrations and sheet music.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of
the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We've included beloved favorites from all over the world like:
"Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down from the Stars)" from Italy.
"Guillô prends ton tambourin (Patapan)" from France.
And "Cantos para pedir posada (Carol to Ask for Lodging)" from Mexico.
We've also included English language favorites like
"Good King Wenceslas".
And spirituals like "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
Christmas Carols Around The World is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately.
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