… during the darkest time of the year. Now call the “Swedish Welcome Light” outside Sweden – and today Sweden export about 3 million per year to around the world. Of course IKEA has a big part in this. The whole idea is built on our Advent candle, and I think to call it Swedish Welcome Light is IKEA’s idea – witch I think is a brilliant name. Because never look Sweden that warm and inviting – welcoming as under the 6 weeks around Christmas, when 90% of all windows in the whole of Sweden has a candle lite up so soon the dark falls and even some window has the candle stick on during the whole night.
Oscar Andersson (1909-1996) manfactured the first electric candle in the world, in 1934
It is from this original “Advent candlesticks” come to, those that are now available in many parts of the world. In Sweden alone sold approx. candlesticks one million. Oscar course, had no idea about this future development, when he was at home at the kitchen table in his apartment in Gothenburg, created this first candlestick. Ocscar, who worked for Swedish Philips – never took a patent for his invention.
I saw a TV interview with Oscar when he was 84 years of age, fit as a fiddle – and he said that he have never regret that he didn’t apply for a patent for his invention, because for every window he saw with a candle was an award for him. This photo is with Oscar and the first candle ever in production.
“The Swedish “advents ljusstakens” story begins in the 1870s with an Advent spruce on Ersta deaconess speech in Stockholm. Modeled from Kaiserwerths deaconess voice outside Dusseldorf in Germany. In Advent the Christmas tree was lit seven candles, one for each day of the week, for four Sundays. Seven children had to go back and light the respective light and read a biblical language.
In the 1920s to the 1930s competed Advent Christmas tree out of the Advent candle, and Advent wreath, a round candle dressed with lingonberry, clubmoss or another green. These candlesticks were four candles. Advent candlestick occurs nowadays in most Swedish homes but do not have any tradition abroad.
There’s another Swedish Advent candle that are far less flammable – the electric version. The company Philips in Gothenburg produced the first 1937th. The electric candlesticks have become a huge success and is currently in almost all Swedish homes, not just one but several. The electric candlestick related to an old Swedish tradition to let the light burning in the window to light up for visitors to church.” (information; nordiskamuseet.se)
Today the biggest manufacture of “Swedish Welcome Lights” today is “Markslöjd” – Lights of Scandinavia and they do some stunning models. Take a look at their website – in English.
“Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.”
As my cloud of music I have chosen: “Tänd Ett Ljus” (Light A Candle) – one of our more modern Christmas songs, written by 2 Swedes, Niklas Strömstedt och Lasse Lindbom and it was recorded in 1987 by a group by name, Triad. It has become one of my favourite Christmas songs, but on the other hand I love all Christmas songs.
I couldn’t find the track with Triad on Soundcloud – but the two girls do a very good job here on this track.
Tänd Ett Ljus
(Light A Candle)
“I saw a star fall
it was last night when everyone was asleep
I think I wanted
you were close
For a minute then burned on
for a second then disappeared
it was the only me who saw
On the radio they sang of peace on earth
I wanted to believe them worn words
Light a candle and let it burn
never let hope disappear in the dark now
but it becomes brighter again
Light a candle for all that you believe in
for this planet we live on
light a candle for the children on the earth”
”Jag såg en stjärna falla
det var inatt när alla sov
jag tror jag önskade
att du var nära
För en minut sen brann den
för en sekund sen försvann den
det var det bara jag som såg
På radion sjöng dom om fred på jorden
jag ville tro dom slitna orden
Tänd ett ljus och låt det brinna
låt aldrig hoppet försvinna
det är mörkt nu
men det blir ljusare igen
Tänd ett ljus för allt du tror på
för den här planeten vi bor på
tänd ett ljus för jordens barn”
Photo provided by and thanks to;
Oscars photo: var-dags-rum.se
Candles: kristianstadsbladet.se/ inspire.accson.se/ sparvagssallskapet.se/