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Merry Christmas Magic all around us!
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 17:08
Today I am going to take you on a little Christmas journey to learn more about Christmas traditions in countries that have had the greatest influence on my own celebrations and traditions.
Truly magical isn't it!! Beautiful illustration.
Christmas in Scandinavia.... find customs, nisses, recipes, folk art. Learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in all five Scandinavian languages here (And also find a glogg recipe and tips for working with marzipan). Learn a little more about Christmas in Norway, too.
The Dala Horse - beautiful isn't it! Check out ShopSwedish.com for beautiful Scandinavian arts, crafts, and Christmas ornaments. A great place to find a special Scandinavian treasure for your ornament collection.
And be sure to visit the Christmas Haus to look for a perfect German nutcracker, smoker, wooden tree, pyramid or ornament to add to your Christmas Collection. I bet you are going to be like me and find many that you just can't live without! I have never seen the figurines in the picture - they are actually paper mache candy dishes! But I do have a carved wooden ornament on my tree that looks exactly like the santa in the middle. He is to this day my very, very, very favorite ornament.
And "home" - Santa Fe, of course! That is where I spent my childhood Christmases.
Lamy Chapel by fabulous Santa Fe artist Helenn Rumpel. Take a few minutes to check out beautiful images of her work in oil, watercolor and stitchery. Everything Helenn paints or embroiders reminds me of the special kind of Christmas magic found only in Santa Fe. So, since it is Christmas, I am sharing her with you!
I totally love this watercolor of Tasco, Mexico.
Helenn is my Christmas soul-mate! Several years ago, I visited her home in Santa Fe with my Grandmother. It was the middle of March. There in the center of the living room stood the MOST beautiful Christmas tree I have ever seen, completely decorated with her needlework ornaments. In the middle of March! She hates taking down a tree and parting with the memories as much as I do. And can you believe it, I do not have a single picture of that Christmas tree.
Check out her fine art stitchery, for which she is very famous and for which she has received many, many awards. This one, "Celestial", was influenced by trips to her beloved Russia.
"The Light" - another of my favorite pieces of her incredible stitchery. I just can't imagine how long it must take her to complete these pieces.
And now, back to the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
We are going to most certainly have a white Christmas. So white, in fact, that Diane and I may be spending Christmas together on New Years!!!
Plenty of time to explore these gorgeous pictures of Christmas!
I need more pockets on my Advent Calendar!
Happy Holidays to all!