Friday, December 26, 2014

Sugar, Holly, & Mistletoe

'Tis the season to be jolly... and explore...
Its been a nearly perfect holiday affair.  Aside from no snow, its been full of childhood memories and new, fanciful dreams. 
Lucky to go to the Nutcracker Suite with the dude, 
experiment with ugly sweaters (and cookies),  
relaxing in front of the tree on Christmas Night after pausing under a mistletoe. 
having a Wonderful Life, through retro-fied magic 
theatre strolls and fancy light shows. 

 As the year closes, we reassess, re-vamp, and recreate.  Here's to dancing in the street and enjoying love!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Of Candle Crowns & Ivy Strings

'Tis the season to make buns....
Fa la la la la la la la la 
Buttery Saffron, Cardamom, and Cloves waft from the kitchen & warm our chilly morning.

Dancers and bazaars  and candles...

Fa la la la la la la la la 
The House of Sweden & The Order honouring St. Lucy with dance and shows.

Wax Covered Hair and Child-like anticipation... 

Fa La La La La La La La La
The Procession, Songs, and Readings share memories with a piece of my soul.

And Now for our Know-It-All Segment: 
"Just so you know...."
Sweden & all of Scandinavia, really, is overwhelmingly Lutheran and  St. Lucia is one of the only Saints celebrated.  The celebrations through the North Countries meld traditional religion (pre-Christian/Viking) and Christianity, with many symbols now revolving around the Trinity.  The Lucia we revere nowadays is of Sicily, but there are legends of a candle wearing, Viking do-gooder,  Lussi. 
As the story goes, Lucy converted to Christianity once an angel visited her at a shrine, where Lucy was seeking help for her widowed mother and the medical conditions plaguing her family.  As any story regarding Rome in the middle ages, Lucy was martyred  for refusing to compromise her virginity. 

As for the candles on the head, dripping hot wax onto the hair, only to be painstakingly picked out that night? 
Rumor has it Lucy was hiding Christians in the catacombs to keep them safe from the Roman soldiers.  She fashioned the candle crown simply to light the way and keep her hands free,  bringing everyone goodness and light. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Boutique and Brunch

Instead of slip sliding away, this weekend I embraced my other passion of organizing and decorating.  We turned our flat into  a craft boutique for the day.

snowy window panes 
Its my own little Christmas village 

With ladders of knit 

and creatures from Appalachian Bark 
holly and evergreens.... 

Felt and Ribbons... 

Jewels and Gingerbread 

Hello Dollies and Lil' Pennies. 

Now to pack up and drive... where to, where to?