We have a tiny 'nisse' living in our loft.
We feed him cookies or rice porridge and 'nisseøl'* so he won't do tricks. Or tease us.
We tried that before. He plastered our whole interior in toilet paper once. Or actually twice. Because one of us had a cold and none of us had fed him for days. Now we remember to feed him. I hope. Because until now the kids has gotten tiny presents of gratitude from the 'nisse' in their stockings.
My kids also have 2 'julekalendere'*** (count down calenders) each. One containing little pieces of chocolate and one with toys. (They chose those themselves.) AND they share one from the 'julekalender'** tv show.
Also their grandmothers (yes both of them) give them advent presents each sunday of advent.
SO. They get a lot of presents. And stuff. Happy december.
*Nisseøl (literally elf beer) is a dark, sweet hvidtøl (white beer) which is sold around Christmas time in Denmark. The name come from the nisser (mythical creatures of Scandinavian folklore) who are often depicted on the beer labels. It is not to be confused with julebryg, which is a much stronger Danish Christmas beer.
Kids drink nisseøl too!
**In Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Finland there is also a tradition of having a so-called Julekalender (Swedish: Julkalender, Finnish: Joulukalenteri, Icelandic: Jóladagatal; the local word for an advent calendar) in the form of a television show starting on the first of December, and ending on Christmas Eve. The first Julekalender aired in Denmark was Historier fra hele verden in 1962. Over the years, there have been several different kinds of julekalender; some directed at children, some at both children and adults, and even some directed at adults alone.
***Hand-made Advent calendars as craft projects:
Hand made Advent calendars have become popular projects with craftpersons and artisans of all types. Today, we see hand made creations made from various media including fabric, felt, paper, chipboard, small boxes, etc.The concept of the Advent Calendar has broadened to include "Countdown Calendars".
Corperate companies have taken over the market of the calenders as you can see by the count down calenders my kids has chosen!
Thrifted Christmas figurines and a handmade pom pom
+ adding new colors to the old advent wrath
I'll probably make my pom pom wreath again. Maybe ad some other colors. I know I'll make some new soft trees. I want to try and make some of these Anne Black figurines again. We made some in 2006 out of Hobby Clay and some in 2005 out of salt dough, using cookie cutters. I want to try again! But I want to find some clay with a more glossy finish. And then there's the homemade presents...
Every Sunday in December my Mom gives the kids Advent presents. She finds gorgeous little Christmas ornaments, decorations, softies and the likes. The plan is for them to have a whole Christmas collection, when they're all grown up. Something they'll remember. Here are some of them.
Oh...and check out my Hammer-Time pants!
Aunty Cookie cards from 2006
My kids made some Christmas decorations for their Dad yesterday and I am very jealous. They are so pretty. And they made them all by them selves. I'm amazed. Really.
Today we went to the Christmas Fair at Gisselfeld. It was very pretty, very crowded and very rainy. Not that Christmassy!