Merry Christmas: Eurovision Advent calendar day 24

Warm up to Christmas by listening to the beautiful carols performed by Eurovision artists. Each day until Christmas features a new act giving their version of a Christmas song. As 24th, we listen to Olsen Brothers’ Danish version of “Silent Night”.

Olsen Brothers won, to the surprise of many, the 2000 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Fly On The Wings Of Love. The two brothers, Jørgen Olsen and Niels “Noller” Olsen had already back then a long career behind them starting in the 60’s. When Denmark returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1978, after 12 years of absense, the duo took part in the Danish final. They would continue to do that several times until they finally won in 2000. Today, they are still active.

Today’s Christmas song is Glade Jul, Dejlige Jul, which is the Danish version of the song most know in English as Silent Night. It’s originally from 1818 by Austrian composer Franz Xaver Gruber. The title in its original German language is Stille Nacht, Heillige Nacht. is considered one of the most traditional Christmas carols and has status as UNESCO Cultural heritage.

The Danish lyrics to the song are from 1850 and written by B.S. Ingemann. The Danish lyrics tells about the angels who saw Jesus Christ being born. Each Christmas, these angels come to us to tell us the message about what it was they saw back then and about the savior who has opened the door to heaven. The song ends with the message that the souls he saved, we should be grateful for. Translated to English the title means ‘Joyful Christmas, Lovely Christmas’.

Also in this series:

Day 23: One – Last Christmas

Day 22: Anggun & Ronan Keating – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Day 21: Maraaya – Winter Wonderland

Day 20: Tina Karol – Тиха Ніч (Silent Night)

Day 19: Katy Garbi – O Χειμώνας o βαρύς (Winter Wonderland)

Day 18: Kalomira – Ta Xristougenna Auta

Day 17: Dami Im – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Day 16: Michelle – Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

Day 15: Nana Mouskouri – Petit Garçon

Day 14: Dima Bilan – Last Christmas 

Day 13: Tommy Seebach – Vi Ønsker Jer Alle En Glædelig Jul

Day 12: Ilse DeLange – Midden in de Winternacht

Day 11: Celine Dion – Oh Holy Night

Day 10: Cliff Richard – Mistletoe & Wine

Day 9: Zoë – La Nuit Des Merveilles

Day 8: Il Volo – Christmas Medley

Day 7: Alexander Rybak & Didrik Solli-Tangen – Presents

Day 6: Sakis Rouvas – Xronia Polla Christmas

Day 5: Litesound – Shooting Star

Day 4: Grethe Ingmann – Jeg Så Julemanden Kysse Mor

Day 3: Carola – Nu Tändas Tusen Juleljus

Day 2: Francesco Gabbani – La Mia Versione Dei Ricordi

Day 1: Johnny Logan – Save This Christmas For Me

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