Winter

Playing with Finnish Tonttu and Danish Nisser

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Here he is! My very own little Finnish Tonttu! I love him to pieces!

Up until December 11th, I was convinced there were no little Christmas elves to be found in Finland. On December 12th, thanks to a lovely reader named Dawn, I was directed to Lene who offered a complete how-to for making Finnish Tonttu on her blog Dances With Wool.

Happy New Year! 2012!

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                  DON'T MAKE RESOLUTIONS!

                             MAKE PLANS!

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Happy New Year Everyone!

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 Images of Star Cluster NGC 290 and Sirius the Dog Star are from HubbleSite

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.

Scandinavian Christmas on the Pickled Herring Shares My How-to for Palæg Chokolade

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Palæg Chokolade! One of my two favorite breakfast treats! (the other being Chocolade Hagel of course!)

Both are versions of chocolate made for topping toast! And what could be more welcome on a frosty morning! Even my beloved Lingonberries have had to step aside for this!

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