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.
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.
Katelynn was participating in the Parade of Lights, tonight. Unfortunately, the photo I have captured of her didn’t turn out the way I wanted it. It was too dark. Oh well! It’s not the end of the world. But I still captured some photos of the event in our community. We had a beautiful night. Sara and the neighbor’s boys collected candy from the floats. And Katelynn had a good time, marching with her band mates in the parade. The weather was nice and warm enough for Sara to be in shorts. Yeah, in Texas it is a little bit harder to get into the mood of the holidays, when it is still 70ºF (21ºC) during the days. But this suppose to change on Monday. And we will have a fire burning in the fireplace, hot cocoa, and snuggly pyjamas, while watching Christmas movies in the evenings.
The Jeep Club participated in the Parade of Lights
The Colony Parade of Lights
Christmas Board Float
The Colony Parade of Lights: This young lady is a pageant from our beautiful city.
Joshua loves the beautiful Christmas Season. Once, he gets used to the tree being in our house, he enjoys being around it. All these lights and ornaments look so pretty for a cat. And sometimes there is this temptation to play with them. First, Kevin and I were concerned with the cats being around the real tree. But overall, Josh’ and Chewbacca are well behaved around the Fraser Fir. Once in a while, they sniff on the branches while and decide to nap under it for a couple of hours, before it becomes boring and they move on.
This year, I wanted an elegant tree in the front room. Since the girls wanted a real tree, I’ve got some Scandinavian straw ornaments in October. The tree looks very pretty with the red, silver and green balls and the white light. It’s lovely and peaceful with the crackling fire in the background. I can’t wait for the arrival of Yuletide/Christmas.
Angels & crackling fires will be a welcome sight for the next five weeks.
Kevin worked on installing the Christmas lights around the house, today. Sara sat on the roof and helped him with the extension cords. Once the first chains of lights were installed, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I shopped for a Fraser Fir tree. We also got some more Christmas decorations. Kevin will finish setting up the lights in the frontyard, tomorrow.
Sara helps day with the extension cords and enjoys the view on top of the roof.
Kevin installs traditionally the Christmas lights on the roof on Black Friday.
Kevin and Sara might get some help from a Black Vulture. 😉
More photo of Christmas lights will follow as soon as everything is installed and set up.
Santa did a test run with his sleigh and the reindeer the night before Christmas Eve. While he does his test run, he delivers the presents for a handful of children. I guess, Katelynn and Sara were selected for early delivery this year. When we were getting up on Christmas Eve morning, the presents were under the tree. And a letter from Santa was in the tree. He explained to the girls, why the presents arrived that early. 😉
Once the presents were unwrapped, we packed the luggage, the cooler and got activity games, DVD player, and coloring books together, before we put everything into the van. The neighbor’s daughter knew about our plan, so she could take care of our pets while we were gone. By 9 am, the tank was filled and we were on the road to the west.
While we were driving through Texas, Sara was fascinated with the oil pumps out in the fields. Katelynn was busy watching Bugs Bunny cartoons. And I told Kevin, how interesting it was when the vegetation changed from cotton fields to cacti and later to these yucca palms the further we drove towards El Paso. In El Paso, we drove to the motel to rest for the night. We still had a long way to go to get to California.