Merry Christmas

The Scandinavian Shop

Image of a postcard. Original photograph was taken by Dick Dietrick

Where the magic began! At The Scandinavian Shop in Scottsdale, AZ!

My sister, Leslie, otherwise known as the family archivist, purchased this post card in the shop long, long ago and saved it all these many years. When Leslie listened to the "Christmas Podcast" - this year Diane and I took a little trip down "ornament memory lane" - she spent hours searching her prodigious archives to find it so she could surprise her big sis.

On the back of the card are written these words: "Where Christmas-year-round originated. 'Tis said, that "trillions" of ornaments from remote areas of the world dazzle from the ceiling promising spectacular wonderment for the mere price of a cricked neck."

Ever since I first stepped through that little door into this room, my Christmas has been filled with magic and wonderment.

And I began a personal holiday on July 25th just so Diane and Mike and I could visit and wrap ourselves in wonderment twice a year!

Whether your tree is pink or white or blue; covered with simple hand made creations by children or priceless heirlooms; traditional or modern or eclectic; gigantic or tiny: from the bottom of my heart I wish you a Christmas filled with "spectacular wonderment".

Merry Christmas and a very

Merry Christmas and a very happy Yule to you and your close family & friends, Pam! :)

I received your lovely card and am so happy with my new danish hearts! I will have to try to make them, very soon.

Much hugs! xoxoxo!

Merry Christmas Pam! I wanted

Merry Christmas Pam! I wanted to pop in and let you know I was thinking about you.

Dear Pam! Merry Christmas!

Dear Pam! Merry Christmas! Häid Jõule! Nadolig Llawen!
To you and your family :)
And have a wonderful New Year!

I used to visit this shop

I used to visit this shop when I was a little girl. I loved it! Thanks for posting the picture.

I hope you and your family

I hope you and your family have had a lovely holiday. WE had a Swedish Christmas Eve with my family and an American Christmas with my husband's family. We celebrated at our house this year which we do about once every 5-10 years. Normally we have to drive to Orange County, CA.

Merry Christmas, Katharine

It's like your blog -

It's like your blog - Christmas year-round, where inspiration & creative ideas from remote areas of the world dazzle us with spectacular wonderment at the mere click of a mouse!

Merry Christmas!

Dear Pam - sending so much

Dear Pam - sending so much love to you and Diane during this most wonderful time of the year! xoxo

Merry Christmas Pam! Thanks

Merry Christmas Pam! Thanks for the fun picture, I love the Dalas around the tree. :) I hope you have a fun-filled holiday season!

xoxo and God Jul!

A very Merry Christmas and a

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you Pam.
Glædlig Jul fra Norge :) Gill.

thank you Pam for this

thank you Pam for this dearest story of yours.
I felt the same when i wrote you about Sinterklaas. I'm sooo glad that we met each other in this internet world. Yeaah it's now outside with all the streets lighted with special light bulbed garlands of Haarlem still magic.
I wishing you and your family a merry merry christmas time with all the magical moments you love.
Thank you for your friendship and your supporting and the sharing the whole year round. I hope and wishing you a great creative awesome fun new 2013 with your family.
Many dutch hugs XO's

Amica mia, Merry Christmas to

Amica mia, Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family!
And thank you for being so kind and friendly and supporting with me during this year. You had a part in making my 2012 funny, creative, interesting and full of love.

Sweetest wishes to you and

Sweetest wishes to you and all your family, my friend.