On the 4th December was the remembrance of Saint Barbara.  The Catholic church isn’t sure if this Saint ever existed but this day was very important in Norwegian folk tradition.  It was the day of making or mending Christmas and Winter clothes.  The clothes were brought out and sorted for mending or tossing.  And then the sewing circles would begin.  The farmer’s primstav marks for this day were a tower, a cross sometimes with rings, chains or a sun.

Barbara was the Saint that the Catholics prayed to for protection against storms and bad weather. 

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