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Christmas morning the 1848 Colony church IL will be a glow, 6 a.m. celebrating Julotta (Jul means Christmas and Otta is the time slightly before dawn) with a traditional Swedish service greeting the day of Jesus’ birth. The black-walnut pews will be filled with hardy revelers bundled in winter coats. Martha Downey, Bishop Hill State Historic Site Superintendent, says the early morning service puts you in the colonists’ shoes. Colonists would arrive in the chill of the day, in the dark, into a candlelit sanctuary, hearing scripture and a sermon and right down to the lack of heat in the sanctuary. “ The 45-minute non-denominational service will be spoken in both Swedish and English. Are you a visitor looking for a new Christmas morning experience? Dress warmly! Coffee and rusks will be served following the service.

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On Christmas morning, the 1848 Colony church IL will be aglow, 6 a.m. Are you a visitor looking for a new Christmas morning experience?

Christmas morning the 1848 Colony church IL will be a glow, 6 a.m. celebrating Julotta (Jul means Christmas and Otta is the time slightly before dawn) with a traditional Swedish service greeting the day of Jesus’ birth. The black-walnut pews will be filled with hardy revelers bundled in winter coats. Martha Downey, Bishop Hill State Historic Site Superintendent, says the early morning service puts you in the colonists’ shoes. Colonists would arrive in the chill of the day, in the dark, into a candlelit sanctuary, hearing scripture and a sermon and right down to the lack of heat in the sanctuary. “ The 45-minute non-denominational service will be spoken in both Swedish and English. Are you a visitor looking for a new Christmas morning experience? Dress warmly! Coffee and rusks will be served following the service.

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Dec 25


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