Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas home tour almost there

Being from Norway my traditions are a little different than most people here. For example my house if I were in Norway would be dressed mostly in purple now to celebrate Advent. Then on the 23rd of December we go all the way and clean our house from top to bottom while finishing all our Christmas baking of 7 kinds of cookies before we decorate our houses for Christmas and decorate the tree in the evening.

Since I came here with only two suitcases four years ago I weren’t able to bring much of my Advent or Christmas decor. My mom has sent me some and I have picked up some on my trips home. Some I have made since I came here and some I have purchased.

I don’t have any Advent decor yet except for my daughters Advent calendar and my Advent star.

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CIMG3491 I have got my mantel done and all my little snowmen and Santas out on the shelves.

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The little Santa in this last picture with a purple bow was the first little Santa I ever made in school when I was 7.

The painted wineglass with a candle between the angel and Mary with Jesus and Joseph  was made by my oldest daughter when she was about 18 months old. She attended a daycare in Norway and this was one of the activities the kids got to do making Christmas presents for their parents. It is precious to me.

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12 comments:

Moogie said...

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HippyChick said...

Oh my goodness! The wineglass is beautiful! That is very special, thank you for sharing. :)

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

So interesting! Love to hear of others traditions. Merry Christmas!

*Nikki* said...

Hi..why yes i do have a foriegn exhange sister from Norway..her name was Eline.. I miss her! We still send gifts and such ...but i would love hearing her stories on how different it was than america!
hope you eventually get your Advent stash back up to speed!!!

Vintage Junky said...

I loved hearing about your advent and Christmas traditions... especially the 7 kinds of cookies ;o

have a Happy Christmas!
Michelle

House Revivals said...

I think it is lovely that you have these sweet decorations that have special memories! It was so interesting to hear about how you would have decorated your home and the traditions you practiced in Norway. My husband's family is Norwegian, but after four generations here, the only tradition they seem to have kept is baking, dunking, and eating Kringlas!
~Amanda

My House of L said...

Love the stockings!!!

Firefly Hill said...

i love all of your traditions from Norway...they sound lovely.

thank you for visiting me...I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

xo,

annie

AmyLenn said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

I was so pleasantly surprised to come and visit yours and your first post is about Norwegian Christmas traditions. My grandparents on both sides are all from Norway, and Christmas especially is a time when we celebrate our Norwegian heritage with traditions. Christmas would not be the same without our Lefse, Julekake, Krumkake, along with lots of other baking and fun. I would love to decorate with the advent time! I'm going to have to ask my mom if she ever did that growing up :)

Heather said...

Thank you for your sweet comments, I appreciate them:)

I really want to focus on celebrating advent more, your post was great and gave me some good food for thought. How special is the candleholder your daughter made for you, that will be one to treasure for sure. Merry Christmas!

Morgan@Meet Virginia said...

You're house looked lovely! Thanks so much for all the love on my blog it meant the world to me!!

Marianne said...

I see I really should do some more blogposts on Advent. I will schedule some for next November. Thank you all for your wonderful comments and for visiting me.