fredag den 29. december 2017

Christmas traditions

In Denmark Santas helper's are called "Nisser" (gnomes)
Here's a picture of a (Bramming)-Nisse. To me, that's how a nisse should look like.

 Billedresultat for bramming nisser

In Denmark you can buy a sheet of paper with nisser, you cut them out and then place them all over your house. Some are serious, some are teasing, some smart and so on.
It is not unheard of, that in pre-school and kindergarden, each child will take turn, to take home a teasing nisse. The next day they will share what the nisse did...
Our grandson Mads, also took home a teasing nisse from nursery, for a weekend. The Nisse, among other things, took some of Mads' clothes and put it on the christmas tree.

In many homes you will find a nisse-village like this one. I found the picture on the internet.

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When our children was very young, we had a nisse-village too. One year Lars showed me some houses in porcelain. They are made in The Nederlands. He asked, how I would feel if we made a winter village without nisser! I was on board! It has been his project all along. He plan where the houses, people, animals and more, are going to be so it all fits together and tells a story.

This year we did not put up much decoration, but Lars made sure of, that the Winter village was up and running. The winter village is different every year. This is how it looked like this christmas.

tirsdag den 26. december 2017

mandag den 25. december 2017

IT'S GONNA BE OKAY - The Piano Guys w/ Sir Cliff Richard!!

I head this song by The Piano Guys, "Okay".

What a year it's been.  So much has happend I can't begin to tell how it has affected us.
I think that's going to be my motto for next year: We've come so far, so it has to be all right!

We're not the same as a year ago, I think we're stronger, at least I hope so.

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a blessed New Year.

søndag den 17. december 2017

Only 7 days til Christmas

Only 7 days til Christmas. Where did the last month go?

We're taking it slow this year.
Normally we decorate with nisser (our take on gnoms), stars etc.
Lars has gotten the winter village in place, it's a tradition we do not want to do without.
Another thing is a branch from Corylus avellana 'Contorta'/Trolletræ.

Christmas ornament by the goldsmith Georg Jensen.

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Trolletræ/Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Poinsetta 2017

Another lovely tradition, for me, is that my youngest daughter, Grethe, gives me a Christmas
star / Poinsetta.
My father-in-law began this tradition that ended when he died. When Grethe, as a teenager heard about it, she chose to continue it.
The deep red color of the flower symbolizes the great love that can be between humans - and Heaven. Christ was born, that is what we celebrate. His blood was poured out for us at Easter (the deep red color), thus paving the way home to our Heavenly Father. This he did because of His great love for us.

In another, and yet the same way, it symbolizes the love in the family. That we in the family are willing to do everything for each other.

Our grandson, Mads - he's the best.

Some cards I've made in December...