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Celebrating St. Lucy Day!

Welcome St. Lucy

Tomorrow is St. Lucy Day and to get you into the mood (just in the slightest case you aren't already) I am sharing a few of my favorite sites - new and old - Scandinavian - all!

Almost all Scandinavian! 

Scrambled Pancakes from Austria! A Little Holiday Story!

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 Kaiserschmarren image by Robert Lender

Kaiserschmarren! Scrambled Pancakes! A favorite treat in Austria anytime of the year but especially at Christmas.

Gledileg Jol: Merry Yule from Iceland

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Iceland image by Oliver Hoffman

When and why early man began celebrating Yule is shrouded in mystery, but the celebration at this time of year certainly seems to have been connected with the longest night of the year and the promise of the returning sun.

As is the case in many Northern European countries, especially those having precious little sunlight this time of year, the celebration of Yule or Jol in Iceland dates back beyond memory or written language.

Celebrating Nativities, Presepe, Crèche, Bélen

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My perosnal nativity - Italian carving with native American semi-precious stone fetish animals.

For most of the season, I have focused on the celebrations and traditions of Northern Europe. Today, since it falls right in the middle of the visitations of nativities in Southern European countries as well as South America and Mexico, I am sharing something I have wanted to share for the past three seasons - the beautiful nativities to be found in Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Mexico.

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