Norwegian hytte cabin in the snow at Christmas
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Blogger Party Holiday Treats in Australia and Scandinavia – Friendly Friday Challenge

Dancing around the Christmas tree in (in Sweden) Advent After four weeks of Advent preparation, church bells chime signifying the start of Julaften, the Christmas period throughout Scandinavia. With traditional origins stretching back to pagan times, the Scandinavian countries celebrate the evening of December 24 with a Christmas feast and gift-giving. Songs are sung whilst… Continue reading Blogger Party Holiday Treats in Australia and Scandinavia – Friendly Friday Challenge

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Scandinavian Nisse Traditions and Christmas Blog Party

Jul or jol is the term used for the Christmas holiday season in Norway. Originally, "jul" (or "jol") was the name of a month in the old Germanic calendar, corresponding roughly to the time from mid-December through mid-January, and the concept of "jul" as a period of time rather than a specific event, prevails in… Continue reading Scandinavian Nisse Traditions and Christmas Blog Party

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Christmas in July

What happens when you want to eat Christmas food, you live in a tropical country, and it is 35 degrees (nearly 100 F), in the shade. What do you do? Christmas Decorations You organize a Christmas feast, in July, when it is actually wintertime. I know all the citizens of the northern hemisphere might have… Continue reading Christmas in July

Cakes, Danmark, Food

Danish Spice Cake for Christmas in July

The Concept of Danish Hygge The Danish word Hygge cannot be translated to one word in English, but my description would be,' a cosy and contented feeling of wellbeing one gets when spending quiet time indoors with family and friends.' Tea and cake or a nice glass of wine in the evenings, may help to… Continue reading Danish Spice Cake for Christmas in July

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A Gift for All Ages – Puzzle Review

Ever tried to find a perfect Christmas or Birthday gift to span across various age groups. A gift to give a family of young and old? An educational and learning gift that challenges the mind and engages the receiver for more than 10 minutes? Books are great but not everyone likes reading, or the same… Continue reading A Gift for All Ages – Puzzle Review

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Christmas Hygge Challenge

Over at the Cove, Cyranny has thrown out a Christmas challenge. As Friendly Friday is in recess till the end of January, time permits my joining this fun challenge. As it is now the 15th January, I mean December, (thanks Sandy), I have some catching up to do. Here is 15 days of postings. Crafting… Continue reading Christmas Hygge Challenge

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Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Red and Green

Origins of the Traditional Christmas Colours of Red and Green In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn't read. The 'Paradise Tree' in the garden of eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples… Continue reading Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Red and Green

Australia, Community, History & Traditions

Christmas Traditions Around the World

It may not be a Sunday for a Sunday still, but nevertheless, it is Holiday decorations! Whilst touring New Zealand, I was invited to Diane's house in Wellington, which, I have to say, was like walking into a Department's store, albeit without price tags. She LOVES Christmas decorating and had no less than 15 trees in her house. It was beautifully done, and tasteful, but bordered just a tad on the obsessive! But what a nice obsession! Dianne collects a gold coin donation from those who visit and the money raised is solely for charity. So it's all for a good cause.

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Christmas – Around the World

Merry Christmas from Something to Ponder About - Here are a few snippets of Christmas past spent in various parts of the World. The spirit remains strong and the family connections, despite whatever corner of our globe we live in. May your Christmas be Merry and Bright! Glædelig jul - Christmas in Denmark God jul… Continue reading Christmas – Around the World

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Last Minute Christmas Ideas

Decorations are in the shops from August in some places, carols are playing over the speakers in shopping centres, and Christmas comes earlier and becomes more commercialized every year. Even kids are organized early, these days. When my children were younger, a lengthy Christmas wish list of various items ranging in price from in expensive… Continue reading Last Minute Christmas Ideas

Australia, Community, Danmark, History & Traditions

Daily Post Photography Challenge – Object

The Daily Post challenge encourages us to photograph one tangible object, being conscious of Aperture, composition, focus and depth of field. Furthermore, the post tells us some photographs, like portraits, focus on individuals, while still-life moments capture the beauty (and often treasured stories) of belongings and found objects. I had already been experimenting with aperture… Continue reading Daily Post Photography Challenge – Object