Monday, November 30, 2015

Preparations

I know some will write and comment that we're too early off to put the Christmas tree up, I say Christmas is a time for children to experience and feel magic and magic is not meant to be rushed through. In our family we want to enjoy it to the fullest and the whole house is slowly but surely turning into exactly that wonderful feeling of excitement, traditional beauty and warmth. Also, it's a lot of work making the house red and sparkling in a very well thought through way so one have to have it up for at least a month to be worth all work that lays behind.
Since it's dark at 3pm, the afternoon/evenings are very long but it's by this time of year the countries up North becomes ultra cosy in a way hard to describe when not being here in person.

In the evenings now we drink Swedish Glögg (like gluwine) with Pepparkaka (gingerbread) or sweet Saffron buns or bread with raisins, crack nuts and enjoy Christmas old style music and real candles everywhere. In Sweden we also have a wonderful tradition of putting big stars up in every single window of the house (or apartment, chalet or whatever you have).

It's truly magic, even as a grown up, I can feel this loving feeling spread all over my body. We have to let Christmas be like this for the small ones. I love it to the fullest.


18 comments:

  1. Vi gör precis likadant, dock klär vi granen runt den 10:e dec, så mycket man pyntar då vill jag njuta i 1 månad, 27:e åker julen ut här hemma, då laddas det för nytt år. Igår bakade jag och barnen papprkakor, papparkakshus, och lussebullar. Snart julgodis. Ha en fin vecka. Kram Karoline

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    1. Sounds ultra cosy! every family have their own ways and traditions, that's the beauty of it!
      big hug!

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  2. Beautiful tree,beautiful son,beautiful mother...It's wonderful that you share your joy and love with others-it is so unique and rare nowadays:in times of terror,anger and war..how far does it go?.the world forgot about real values and humanity itself...lots of love from Poland:)

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  3. You are absolutly right. Enjoy it.

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  4. Not too early at all. The only reason I'm waiting is because we have a real tree which does dry up, the best I can usually get out of it is 3 weeks, I have my other decorations up and the greenery and red berries went up outside mid-November, after we honour Remembrance Day on the 11th it's time to start with the Christmas magic. And you're right why should it be rushed? I don't care for the commercialism of the season but all of the other aspects should be enjoyed fully, the decor, lights, drinks, special foods, it's quietly special.
    Wonderful for your boys that you celebrate in this way. XO

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    1. I love the real tree but our dog think it's a toilet if you know what I mean so I've had this version for many years now!

      Christmas should truly be enjoyed slowly! Thank you for the comment!

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  5. Alexis is very carefully placing his ornament on the tree. How wonderful. Clearly the magic of Christmas is all about the children engaging in all the joys of the holiday. I've started to decorate too. No snow, kind of mile so far but the holiday is in the air. Sending holiday joy - Susan

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    1. Thank you! They love it just as much as me, I think it's a gift to learn how to enjoy beauty!

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  6. We do the same, even without kids. ;) the light and decotations is the way for us to bare the darkness and make it cosy as you say. Love this season! And just like karoline we take it away right before new years, we leave some things in silver but i love a fresh start to begin january. Stina, the picture is lovley! Focus on the important things, your family and friends!

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    1. I did too, before the kids but the tree came up later for sure!

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  7. No Stina its not too early for the joy of the children. And this tree is huge and beautiful.what a job!
    We are in the night also very early morning and night..... it's so depressing, we have to create joy. Lights, and enjoy of everything.
    Big hugs

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    1. Exactly! Whatever brings happiness and a feeling of meaning!

      hugs,
      stina

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  8. Gorgeous photo. I put the tree up with my son and step daughter in October. I love coming home after a stressful day at work and staring at it. People get so upset if you put your tree up early but I like it, and it's not harming anyone! xxx

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  9. I also put my tree up in the last week of October, it's a lot of work, I have to rearrange things in my house as I have lots of ornaments so I want to enjoy every thing for more than a few weeks. It's such a lovely time of the year, people are more friendly and open, there's a real sense of hope for the coming year. Your picture is beautiful Stina, it would look so nice on a Christmas card.
    Hugs, Vicki.

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    1. I saw that! Wonderful! Such a great pleasure for the kids! Well done!

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