Since the Scandinavian Christmas Gnome became popular in the US, I started like this cute, little Nisse (Danish), Tomte (Norwegian), Tomtenisse (Swedish), and Tontto (Finnish). It is a mythological folklore associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas in Scandinavia. The gnomes cute little nose, his long beard, and the cap covering his eyes, are just too adorable. ❤ I might have found a new “character”, I can collect for Christmas. 😉
Since two weeks, we have the outdoor Christmas lights up in the frontyard. Finally I come around to post some photos of them. This year, we’ve got a new edition: I love the snowman with its blinking star. All we need now, is some snow to get more into the season’s mood. But it is too warm. So, we have to deal with the cool rain.
This Summer/Autumn season I didn’t do much in our home garden, due to health issues earlier in the year. Therefore, I don’t have very little for harvest. Our green onions and rainbow chard did well throughout the year. Other than that, we only have a few herbs left. It is still better, than nothing at all. I will take a break from gardening, until January; it will be time for seedlings to start for the Spring/Summer season. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy our fresh herbs until it gets too cold for them as well. 😉
As you probably have noticed, our Christmas is a little bit more European traditional than usual, this year. Since I want to show Katelynn and Sara some German traditions, Kevin ordered a Christmas Pyramid for us in November. The girls seem to enjoy the Advent Wreath, the decorated tree and the Christmas Pyramid (“Weihnachtspyramide” in German). For Katelynn, it means the roots from the country she was born. Sara loves all the lights, candles and colors. She will understand it more, the older she will get.
Today is the first Advent Sunday. Three more Sundays will follow, before Christmas will be here. On each Sunday, we will burn a candle. So, by the Sunday which will be followed by Christmas, all four candles will burn on our Advent wreath. Advent is the season to prepare for the Birth of Christ. But it actually originated from the ancient Celtic tradition. It has the symbolic meaning of the season leading to the Winter Solstice. Yule is upon us.