“Mark ye well the song we sing,
Gladsome tidings now we bring . . .”
   — Wihla Hutson, “Caroling, Caroling”

Carolers ornaments

“Our richest gifts are loving hearts,
So hearts of love we bring.
With deeds and gifts we voice our love
And Christmas carols sing.”
     — Oliver Murray Edwards, “Christmas”

Few things put me in the holiday spirit like Christmas carols.  Yesterday afternoon my friend Carol (yes, her name fit the occasion!) and I attended the annual holiday concert presented by the Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle.  We enjoyed some unfamiliar songs, hymns, and carols sung in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.  We were also treated to songs on accordion by guest artist Richard Svennson.  It was a delightful concert.

The Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle in concert

Voice lifted in song

The Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle performing at Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church

Intricately embroidered Scandinavian dress and purse