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Celebrate St. Lucy Day and Scandinavian Crafts.
Submitted by Pam on Sat, 12/11/2010 - 21:33
image and Lucy Doll by Alkelda
Lucy Day - the celebration of St. Lucia - is almost here and preparations are in full force in Norway, Sweden and Denmark because Lucy Day is the beginning of the Christmas holidays which will last for many in Scandinavian countries until January 20th - St. Knut's Day!
So to make sure you can share in the celebrations - Scandinavian style - I have put together this link post in hopes of getting you in the spirit!
And we will start with St. Lucy!
Make an adorable Santa Lucia Crown and hat for your children to wear. I found it on Kiddley and it was submitted by Little Birdie Handmade.
Download a Santa Lucia paper Doll complete with two outfits - and of course - a crown!
Here is a Lucy to color!
And I see that a few Scandinavian recipes have appeared on my Holiday Cookie Swap!
Med Saks Og Papir by Gunvor Ask & Harriet Ask. A gift from Margit
Since Lucy Day opens the Christmas festivities, I thought I might share some additional ways to include beautiful Scandinavian traditions in your holiday celebrations.
Beautiful, intricate paper ornaments have evolved from the need to create lovely tree decorations with very little money. Read a little more in my friend Margit's own words.
"I think there is something special about Christmas ornaments from Scandinavia. The Christmas tree spread rather fast, even people without money wanted one.
In the western part of the peninsula, they were very poor, and there were very few trees, they had a Christmas tree made of kale, they had kale in the garden. They decorated with ornaments made from paper scraps, and on the third day of Christmas they ate the tree. In this way poor people made their Christmas with what they could get for free (The kale tree was only common in the west) paperbags from the grocery cut up and glued together with glue made from flour, they had to be creative, they decorated with cakes and candies too, that was the Christmas gifts for the children.
The not so poor families were not so wealthy too, Denmark was a poor country in 1800-1900, the same in Sweden and Norway, maybe they bought some glassballs, but they made a lot themselves, and I think they had a lot of fun.
Another thing is that an author wrote some poems about christmas for children collected in a little book, the name is Peters Christmas. This book is known by every body here in Denmark. It has a description of the christmas tree, and I think that it is how we all wanted it to be when we were children.
During World war two with difficulties with getting almost everything, I think that paper decorations, made from all in the families collected around the dinnertable, had a renaissance. In my childhood I remember some big card stock sheets with cones and baskets in bright colours. I loved them, you may have figured out, that it is the inspiration for my christmas ornaments."
Margit mentioned a story - "Peter's Jul", a much loved Christmas Story in Denmark, first published in 1866. She sent me several pictures she found on the internet depicting the original illustrations. This one above is one of my favorites.
I loved the illustrations and story and my sweetie found me a more recent version on line, published in Denmark in 1974! The illustrations are by Hugh F. Poole. A wonderful story to add to your child's library. So worth the search.
The minute I received Margit's paper cut ornament book, (which by the way was published in 1968), Diane and I immediately set a play date. Above - my very first Danish cut paper ornament!
Diane, of course, selected one of the more difficult ornaments, and since this book is written in Danish, it took some trial and much error to figure out the secrets! Fortunately, it is beautifully illustrated so with some patience and perserverence...
success! Of course now she has her sights set on that intricate wreath you see on the cover of the book!
As I have mentioned may times before, Margit shares beautiful downloadable ornaments on her blog papirklip og aesker. Download a few, cut them out and put them together - a wonderful way to bring a little Danish tradition into your holidays.
And don't forget to make Danish Woven Heart baskets!
Every tree needs at least one Dala Horse!
Here is a beautiful Dala horse to color!
And don't forget the Jolasveinarnir or Yuletide Lads are on their way out of the mountains and will begin arriving on December 12th. This is the third year I am following the arrival of these amazing Icelandic folklore creatures. Enjoy wandering the site a bit while you are welcoming the Yuletide Lads, and if you haven't yet taken the time to enjoy an Icelandic Advent Calendar, visit now!
Margit shares a sweet story about an heirloom nisse who has had a special place on her trees and in her memories for many, many years.
I invite anyone who has posted a tutorial for making Scandinavian inspired crafts to place a link in comments so everyone can enjoy. But take note, commercial sites will not be posted.
There is nothing more to say except Happy St. Lucy Day Everyone!