Christmas is over. For the next three months or so it is going to be a real challenge to find a daily picture... There is so little colour in nature this time of the year! To survive, I think I shall have to look both in the rear mirror, and beyond that bend in the road...
Here in Sweden, Father Christmas starts his rounds to deliver presents on Christmas Eve, and he usually knocks on the door in person instead of trying to squeeze in through the chimney.
The little house is a copy of storehouse from Northern Sweden. I wasn't sure of its origin but my aunt recently told me she remembers it from her childhood; her and my mother's father came from up North. The wooden bowl on the right is also from the same parts; that I think was bought on a holiday trip our family made there in the late 60's. The body of the Santa figure is a pine cone; I got that from a friend.
Before Father Christmas, there was the Yule Buck to deliver Christmas presents in Scandinavia. Bucks made of straw are still a common Christmas decoration. This one made of evergreen branches I saw at the Christmas market in town.
And here is another one I found last week in a garden I was passing!
On 13 December, we celebrate Lucia*, or St Lucy's Day. (First link goes to a post at my Island of the Voices blog; the second one to a Wikipedia article.)
Each town has their own official Lucia with maids appointed, and during the weeks before Christmas, they go round singing traditional carols and Lucia songs in different places, outdoors and indoors, according to a schedule; collecting money for charity. This picture was taken at an outdoors concert after dark.
*If you follow this link , you can also listen to one of the traditional Lucia songs.
Music is an important part of this time of year, too. These little guys came as a Christmas present from a friend in Germany many years ago. Including the star the whole piece is only 5 cm high. They're standing beneath a lamp on top of my TV!
Click on the picture to jump over to my "Island of the Voices" blog!
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