I can't believe it. I finally located the embroidered christmas ornaments that I made, ehem, 5 years ago. I never pieced them together and lost them in the move here. Or so I thought. Found them a month ago, and did a little happy dance. Men säg den lycka som varar. I have no idea where I put them after that. Sigh.
Three years ago we decided it was time to drop the parent's advent calendar from our list of traditions in an attempt to simplify the season. But rules are made to be broken. This year my husband needed a reason to smile every morning in December, and I must say, it's more fun when those 24 gifts hanging on the doorhandle are a total surprise! I opted for our usual brown paper version.
Those of you looking for inspiration can have a look at this board on Pinterest with more than 200 ideas to spark your creativity.
HRH Queen Silvia of Sweden founded the World Childhood Foundation 1999 and in celebration of their 15 years they are releasing a more exclusive version of their colourful childhood bracelet. Available in 20 colour combinations and a larger leather version for men. The perfect gift in many ways.
One of the few things from Sweden I miss is hard cheese. These new releases from Kvibille have been cured for 18 months and will be on my wish list of contraband* gifts for christmas.I'm already dreaming about what I'll pair them with...mulled cider... cloudberries... fig marmalade...
(*That was a joke, it's perfectly legal to bring these cheeses across the Scandinavian borders).
Standard sized ornaments are slightly too small to create balance in larger trees, but Bohus Interior has ones that are sized just right. Glassornaments are a hazard and ... yup, I broke one last year, so some new acquisitions are due.
We've put the blue Lexington kitchen towels (thank you Sissel) to good use. Still going strong after 7 years of intense kitchen labor. Now I'm contemplating red ones for the winter season to match the rest of the kitchen's holiday get up. IMAGE: LÄNNA MÖBLER WEBSHOP
Made the first batch two weeks ago using thisrecipe, and for the second batch I'm attempting the one crownedthe best recipe for Lussebullar by the ICA Buffé test kitchen. They tested a whopping 20 recipes so I have high expectations for the winner! Now, if I could just get this baby to sleep so I have time to follow the directions meticulously... IMAGE: YOUNG WOMAN BAKING, 1939, UPPLANDSMUSEET LÄNSMUSEET
Tender instrumental arrangements that match the silent landcape and falling snow outside our window: Jul på norska by "Jojje" Wadenius, Julsånger utan ord with Mats Bergström och Georg Riedel. And for the 1st Sunday in advent: JUL with Songlaget BUL Oslo. Click on cover to preview.
Mulling spices for glögg. They look pretty good packaged in a clear container. I wish I had the time to show you my splendid attempt of a copycat version as neighbour gifts. Perhaps an idea for all you DIY:ers out there? Glöggkryddafrom GRANIT.
The best christmas inpiration this year is found in the advent catalogue from Norwegian storeHome and Cottage. Get a big mug of something hot, cozy up, and browse it HERE. IMAGE: HOME AND COTTAGE BLOG, PHOTOGRAPHER PER STIAN JOHNSEN