Feliz Navidad! How-to Celebrate by Making Easy Mini Ristra Ornaments and Gift Toppers

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Today, December 16th is the beginning of the 9 days of Las Posadas - a centuries old tradition in Mexico and in many towns and villages in New Mexico in which the search for "a room in the inn" is re-enacted every night until Christmas. Children and their parents wander through their neighborhood visiting home after home until finally they are welcomed in for delicious holiday treats and singing and sometimes breaking of a pinata.

Scandinavian Luminarias to Welcome Christmas

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Scandinavian Luminarias!! Perfect blend of the two cultures that influence my holidays most - Scandinavian art and craft (and cookies of course), and childhood memories of unique and magical Christmas traditions in Santa Fe, NM.

12 Days of Scandinavian Christmas Begins Today on The Pickled Herring

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Today is finally here! The first Day of the 12 Days of Scandinavian Christmas!!

And you don't want to miss it!

Kathryn at the Pickled Herring is hosting the 12 Days of Scandinavian Christmas again this year and has invited me to participate!

Apple and Green Chile Scandi Heart Empanadas to Celebrate Lucia Day and Guadalupe Day.

Apple and Green Chile Empanadas

"Apple and Green Chile Empanadas" to celebrate both the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12th) and Lucia Day (Dec. 13th)!

I am not from Mexico nor Catholic, and there is no Scandinavian blood in my recent ancestry, but I always celebrate December 12th and 13th - and quite often by blending the two cultural traditions that have so completely influenced my art, craft, heart and Winter Holiday celebrations.

Two Awesome How-to's For Celebrating St. Lucy Day!

Heart Lattice pattern - "55 Christmas Balls to Knit by Arne and Carlos

One of the best parts of "flying the Christmas blog by the seat of my pants" this year is that I am open to possibilities!!  So! thanks to two lovely friends, I am sharing links to two most excellent ways to celebrate St. Lucy Day - in fact all of Scandinavian Christmas - which starts tomorrow!

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