Happy New Year!

For all I know, my parents never celebrated New year’s eve. They had their traditions for this one day of the year when it came to food though. Lunch consisted of a white wine soup with raisins and clouds of beat egg whites with sugar and dumplings made of wheat, yeast, milk and salt cooked […]

Good bye Christmas, hello New year’s eve!

So, my families big Christmas get together is finally over, and I am back home, where it’s still sort of Christmas and now we’re looking forward to New year’s eve.   This is how our Christmas tree looked after the cat plaid in it and made it fall It’s colder now, and while the snow didn’t […]

We’re so ready for Christmas!

So far we’ve been on the island for 3 days. We’re four of my five siblings and I and some of our children and partners, 12 people all in all. We’ve been out several times and have filled our cars with food and drink, so now the fridge is full and all the cupboards too. […]

Happy fourth Sunday in the Advent

My youngest daughter Lise and I are celebrating Christmas together with my sisters and brothers and their families this year, and like last year, when we celebrated Christmas together with my oldest daughter Julie and her boyfriend Per and Lises and Julies father and his wife and her daughter and son in law, we rented […]

Only your phantasy sets the limit

Braiding traditional Scandinavian Christmas hearts can be as simple as braiding two times two loops of paper into each other.     (found at fest-tips.dk) Or you can make it a bit more complicated and cut your papers into as many loops as you can handle.  (found at chatbreak.dk) If you would like to make it more […]

Classic braided Christmas heart

  Most Scandinavian Christmas trees are decorated with this kind of homemade hearts. Please click to enlarge the picture (not my picture) The classic Christmas heart is made from two pieces of paper (a white one and a red one) and a handle – the handle is the only part that has to be glued […]

A light in the dark

In my part of the world the sun today went up at 8.31 AM and down at 3.34 PM. That means we had 7 hours 3 minutes of daylight and 16 hours 57 minutes of darkness. In 10 days, on December 21rst, on the shortest day and longest night of the year, the sun will […]

Christmas market at Gammel Estrup

Yesterday my youngest daughter Lise, my housemate Laerke and some friends of ours went to a Christmas market in a small place called Auning. The market was held in a manor house called Gammel Estrup, which is also an agricultural museum, and I was looking very much forward to it and to taking a lot […]

It’s that time of year

Before Christmas every year I watch a long line of classics – or at least they are in my book. Some of the movies I’ve seen since I was a child, like  It’s a wonderful life with James Steward and  We’re no angels with Humphrey Bogart Others are movies I started watching while my daughters […]

St. Martins Eve dinner

Tomorrow it’s St Martins day, which means tonight most Danes ate roasted duck as a revenge for St Martin, who was betrayed by geese and had to become bishop many, many years ago. It isn’t fair, but that’s how it is. In our house our housemate Laerke spend about 5 hours and prepaired todays special […]