Other Holidays

April 30th - Celebrate Valborgs!

Tomorrow, April 30th is celebrated all over Sweden to mark Valborgs or Walpurgis Nacht.

The dark, cold winter days are waning.  Huge bonfires are lit to welcome the returning sun and the warmth it brings to the earth. All the debris collected during the winter, from old fence railings to branches pruned from shrubs and trees become fuel for the celebration fires.

Celebrating St. Knut's Day - the Last Day of Christmas!

Over 1000 year ago, King Canute of Denmark declared that Christmas should be celebrated for a period of 30 days beginning on St. Lucy Day, December 13th and ending on January 13th   -  that's today! 

Happy St. Knut's Day!

For some Scandinavians, especially those living on the Aland Islands, today is the day Christmas trees are taken down and ornaments and decorations are stored away for next year.

I decided a little celebration is in order!  So I am spending the day in the Land of Unmade Ornaments!

La Virgen Guadalupe - December 12th

My tiny altar for La Virgen Guadalupe.

Diane made the origami lilies years ago and I include them in my holiday celebrations every year.

Join Angie - At Home in Mexico - in her celebration of La Virgen Guadalupe.

Celebrating Hanukkah with my first ever Challah!

My friend, Avital, who lives in Israel,sent me this beautiful photograph she took a couple years ago of a simple Menorah and I asked her to allow me to share it with everyone today.  Thank you so much Avital.

One of the things I love most about this image is the reflections of the candle flames - to me it is almost as if they are extending back in time - as if they are a connection to previous generations. And check out her beautiful image of Hanukkah street light decorations in her city

Celebrating La Virgen de Guadalupe with Sopapillas, Green Chile Stew and Angie!

My favorite feast on December 12th, the celebration of La Virgen de Guadalupe, is a big bowl of Green Chile Stew and a basket full of pipping hot Sopapillas.  I am sharing my recipes for both. 

We start with Sopapillas.

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