Christmas Day

The day we’ve been preparing for all month long is finally here!  We’ve decorated for it and counted down the days.  We’ve baked and bought special food just for this occasion.  There are treasures and aromas all around that we only have once a year.  Now we will feast, and sing, and play games and […]

Santa Lucia Day

December 13th in the Scandinavian countries is Santa Lucia Day.  Although it is not vital to celebrating Jesus’ birthday, the nostalgia of Santa Lucia  nudged it into our December calendar.  On this day we do all the things that remind me of my Scandinavian heritage.  We read stories of Norwegian Nisse (a small gnome) and […]

Saint Nicholas Day – Santa?

How do we deal with the ever present Santa Claus invading my kids eyes and ears every day for a month before Christmas?  I began asking this question when my oldest was about 3 and everyone was asking her what she wanted from Santa.  I do not think that my disappointment in the the modern […]

December countdown to Christmas

An idea was planted in my head a few years back when my friend and I were looking at a Jesse tree book.  She thought it would be neat to find all the objects in that book and use them as ornaments and a countdown to Christmas in December.  I loved this idea but our […]