nostalgia and danish Christmas delights

waldorf window stars

Having lived in several countries since birth, I have experienced different ways of celebrating the end of year festivitas, all being very merry and colourful. But as I grow older, Nostalgia takes over and I try to recreate some of the Danish traditions that bathed my 15 years spent in Copenhagen with my family.

My memories of Danish Christmas  start on December 1st with the lighting of the gigantic Christmas tree in the center of Copenhagen. Then follows a roller-coaster of wonderful and eventually stressful events throughout the month of  December; Christmas lunches with colleagues, friends and family (delicious food, lots of snaps (aquavit) and many headaches the day after), Baking days spent creating cookies and marzipan filled sweets,  where the house fills with scents of oranges and Cinnamon, evenings watching the daily adventures of the danish elfes on TV, and mornings unwrapping  treasures hidden by the mysterious elf.

Streets are gorgeous with blinking lights, every window flickering with candles, decorated with paper folded stars and hand-made snowflakes.

It is all about handmade stuff, creating ambiance and warmth, spending time with people, enjoying closeness.

I cherish that and miss it!

 

So here is some handcraft for you to enjoy and to make at home with your kids, friends and family…

Paper folded stars…http://www.arwenart.com/tutorials/windowstars/

Also I am adding some gift-tags for you to download and cut out, made by Helen Dardik …http://orangeyoulucky.blogspot.com/2010/12/holiday-gift-tags.html…

cute gift-tags by helen dardik

Enjoy and let me know what your December is like, I would love to know…

 

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the magic of Christmas…

a typical playful elf!

This month is a great month; a special Christmas elf comes to visit us everyday until Christmas day, and brings funny little presents for the younger members of the family. The first day he brought a snowball to each one of my kids; with a name tag.

magical snow ball

My 5 year old daughter looked mesmerised at me and asked with her most serious voice; how did “le lutin” (elf in french) know my name? and how did he find out where i live, and how does he know what i like?

So many intelligent questions from a young and pure spirit. Wishing to maintain this magical moment, i could only answer that Elfs have special gifts, and work very hard to make all children happy, and thus knew every child in and out.

My daughter then replied: but what about the children who don’t have a Christmas tree like ours, and a nice home? how can the elfs find them and still shower them with nice gifts?

My heart melted with pride; she was not too spoiled after all, and had a place in her heart and mind for other people less fortunate than her.

I promised her that we would try to make someone happy this year, someone who didn’t necessarily have a Home; a Christmas tree and Parents to take care of them. She beamed and then gave me the most precious gift of all; a huge hug and a “Je t’adore mammie”.

voila… let us think of others and make a child dream and smile.