|The charming story about Carpenter Andersen’s meeting with Santa Claus is one of a large number of Prøysen classics
For many years this story, with Hans Normann Dahl’s drawings from the book, has been a regular Christmas Eve feature on Norwegian TV. The book was apparently intended for children aged 3-9, but it really has no age limit. The story delights and warms the hearts of children and adults alike. Ever since he published his fi rst collection of short stories (Dørstokken heme) in 1945, Alf Prøysen (1914-70) has had tremendous public appeal. In the years following his debut he wrote short stories, novels, poetry, children’s books and songs. He liked to sing and accompany himself on the guitar. Many of his songs, including Christmas songs, have become immortal. For Norwegians, it is not really Christmas until we have heard (and sung!) Musevisa, Julekveldsvise and Romjulsdrøm. Julekveldsvise (Christmas Eve Song) was the subject of Norway Post’s Christmas stamps in 1999.