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Bringéus, Nils Arvid LU (2015) In RIG Kulturhistorisk Tidskrift 98(2-3). p.74-80
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In Skånska årsfester in 1973, I described a few Christmas pranks from the Scanian Recording Collections. The best covered research, "go Christmas ghost" remained untreated. The custom was known since at least the mid-18th century and appeared in most of Scania and a few parishes in Blekinge until the 1930s. Young people made themselves unrecognizable by girls being dressed in outmoded male clothing and boys in women's clothing. Faces were sooted and stained. So dressed "ghosts" went around the villages in small groups. Making themselves as old and ugly as possible were the main things. The Christmas ghosts knocked at the door shouting "Merry Christmas" in chorus. Some made music, others danced or acted in other ways. Food and liquors... (More)

In Skånska årsfester in 1973, I described a few Christmas pranks from the Scanian Recording Collections. The best covered research, "go Christmas ghost" remained untreated. The custom was known since at least the mid-18th century and appeared in most of Scania and a few parishes in Blekinge until the 1930s. Young people made themselves unrecognizable by girls being dressed in outmoded male clothing and boys in women's clothing. Faces were sooted and stained. So dressed "ghosts" went around the villages in small groups. Making themselves as old and ugly as possible were the main things. The Christmas ghosts knocked at the door shouting "Merry Christmas" in chorus. Some made music, others danced or acted in other ways. Food and liquors were offered so they wouldn't drive out Christmas. Only those homes were visited, where they were sure to be received and invited. The visits continued over Christmas, and sometimes even to Lent.

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Go christmas ghost
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Christmas ghost, Christmas pranks, Dance, Food, Mumming
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RIG Kulturhistorisk Tidskrift
volume
98
issue
2-3
pages
7 pages
publisher
Föreningen för svensk kulturhistoria
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  • scopus:84987899754
ISSN
0035-5267
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Swedish
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cf1d287b-1ded-4006-804d-38b7e918f023
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  author       = {Bringéus, Nils Arvid},
  issn         = {0035-5267},
  keyword      = {Christmas ghost,Christmas pranks,Dance,Food,Mumming},
  language     = {swe},
  number       = {2-3},
  pages        = {74--80},
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  series       = {RIG Kulturhistorisk Tidskrift},
  title        = {Gå julaspög},
  volume       = {98},
  year         = {2015},
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