fredag den 29. december 2017

Christmas traditions

In Denmark Santas helper's are called "Nisser" (gnomes)
Here's a picture of a (Bramming)-Nisse. To me, that's how a nisse should look like.

 Billedresultat for bramming nisser

In Denmark you can buy a sheet of paper with nisser, you cut them out and then place them all over your house. Some are serious, some are teasing, some smart and so on.
It is not unheard of, that in pre-school and kindergarden, each child will take turn, to take home a teasing nisse. The next day they will share what the nisse did...
Our grandson Mads, also took home a teasing nisse from nursery, for a weekend. The Nisse, among other things, took some of Mads' clothes and put it on the christmas tree.

In many homes you will find a nisse-village like this one. I found the picture on the internet.

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When our children was very young, we had a nisse-village too. One year Lars showed me some houses in porcelain. They are made in The Nederlands. He asked, how I would feel if we made a winter village without nisser! I was on board! It has been his project all along. He plan where the houses, people, animals and more, are going to be so it all fits together and tells a story.

This year we did not put up much decoration, but Lars made sure of, that the Winter village was up and running. The winter village is different every year. This is how it looked like this christmas.

tirsdag den 26. december 2017

Just some card...

Just some card I haven't shown.
A very slow day - and we enjoy it!

mandag den 25. december 2017

IT'S GONNA BE OKAY - The Piano Guys w/ Sir Cliff Richard!!

I head this song by The Piano Guys, "Okay".

What a year it's been.  So much has happend I can't begin to tell how it has affected us.
I think that's going to be my motto for next year: We've come so far, so it has to be all right!

We're not the same as a year ago, I think we're stronger, at least I hope so.

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a blessed New Year.

søndag den 17. december 2017

Only 7 days til Christmas

Only 7 days til Christmas. Where did the last month go?

We're taking it slow this year.
Normally we decorate with nisser (our take on gnoms), stars etc.
Lars has gotten the winter village in place, it's a tradition we do not want to do without.
Another thing is a branch from Corylus avellana 'Contorta'/Trolletræ.

Christmas ornament by the goldsmith Georg Jensen.

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Trolletræ/Corylus avellana 'Contorta'

Poinsetta 2017

Another lovely tradition, for me, is that my youngest daughter, Grethe, gives me a Christmas
star / Poinsetta.
My father-in-law began this tradition that ended when he died. When Grethe, as a teenager heard about it, she chose to continue it.
The deep red color of the flower symbolizes the great love that can be between humans - and Heaven. Christ was born, that is what we celebrate. His blood was poured out for us at Easter (the deep red color), thus paving the way home to our Heavenly Father. This he did because of His great love for us.

In another, and yet the same way, it symbolizes the love in the family. That we in the family are willing to do everything for each other.

Our grandson, Mads - he's the best.

Some cards I've made in December...

søndag den 26. november 2017

The Lords day

Today during the sacrament I had some new thoughts. (yes, that happens)

To me, The sacrament of the Lord, is about his sacrifice and our opportunity to return to the Father's presence one day.

When the bread and the water were given to me today, it was as if the Savior stood and offered me the sacrifice he had given. The tray was offered me - and it was up to me to reach out and take  it, symbolic in terms of bread and water. I could not take it myself, it had to be offered to me.

When we eat, we internalise it. It becomes a part of us. When it is a part of us, because we have eaten the bread and drunken the water, I think we are obligated to then act on His offer, and actively follow in His footsteps. Show the world, that we are His followers not only in words - but more so in our actions.

Suddenly today, the sacrament meant more than it had ever done. It was a very spirituel moment.


With regard to Lars, he has received no less than 4 diagnoses: A very small tumor, benign, so it is not necessary to do anything about it. He has had some blood clots. He has collagenosis/kollagenose   and his liver does not work well.
Now he has to go through a series of examinations, to find the right treatment.
Lars is o.k. - we're both all right. For the first time in 2½ years, we can relax, we know what is wrong. Yes, more treatments lies ahead, but that's all right. We have found so much peace, that it is difficult to explain.

W = A Warm and cosy moment around the Christmas tree, these "nisser" looks linke the Nordic nisser (gnomes) does. These are made from dies from ByLene Design

onsdag den 22. november 2017

A little bit of this - and a little bit of that...

So much has happend these last weeks. Lars was in hospital for 2½ weeks. When he came home, it wass not for rest - just more tests. To morrowm Thursday, we're going to Århus for, hopefully, the final interview the the Chief Physician. We don't know what to expect! We know something is wrong, but the extent of it ??? Hopefully to morrow will bring some answers.

Desk Calender for 2018

Gift tag with a nisse from ByLene Design

My fist Upright Diamon card with stamps from Stampin Up.

This is the second year I participate in an exchange of advices ...