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Julkärve (Julenek in Norway) is a Swedish custom known from the 18th century, but likely much older.
On Christmas Eve a sheaf of grain, usually oats, and traditionally the best or last of the harvest, was offered to the birds. It was placed on a pole, fence, tree, or rooftop. If no sheaf was available, a plate of grain, bread, or seeds was substituted. It had the pragmatic purpose of distracting birds from the recently harvested store of grain in the barn.
The sheaf was linked with the next harvest. Sometimes the sheaf was placed high in an apple tree, as a petition for generosity to the spirit of the harvest. The arrival of many birds foretold a good crop.
Today the sheaf is a significant reminder that birds also have their place. Just as we, they need to eat. Christmas is a time of sharing.
This common Christmas decoration does not always escape the sensibilities of Scandinavian design. It can be quite stylized.
Note: text as shown on the back of the card.
Every little birdie gets a treat! Merry Christmas!
Note: greeting as shown on the inside of the card.
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