My extended family lives in Florida, so every year we head south for Christmas.I never thought I would enjoy celebrating Christmas in a warm climate. Growing up in Norway it was always a white Christmas.
Scandinavians are very into celebrating Christmas and have many traditional food dishes during Christmas. Getting outdoors and cross-country skiing is a must when you celebrate Christmas in Norway.Add a comment
By Kari Svenneby
One year we celebrated Christmas in Norway, my home country. My parents were scratching their heads when my husband and daughter started to fill balloons with water and put them out on the porch to freeze. We then took cookie cutters on cookie trays and buckets and filled them with water.
Every time we were having dinner or hosting a holiday party last year, we would look at the beautiful ice sculptures glowing in the candlelight. It was so easy, cheap, environmentally friendly, educational and so beautiful.
Every year around Christmas time we will celebrate Santa Lucia, a Scandinanavian tradition. On the morning of the 13th of December, kids will dress up in white robes with garlands and candles and sing the Santa Lucia song and serve Santa Lucia buns.A fun part of the tradition is to bake Santa Lucia buns with the kids; it is just like working with play dough, but you get something tasty out of it.Add a comment
Guest blog post by Tanya Graydon Koob
When I was first asked about how we celebrated the Holiday Season and whether we celebrated an outside Christmas or not, I thought “are you crazy?”It’s winter in Calgary and there’s no way I’m sitting in the snow opening my Christmas gifts. I want to be toasty warm in my living room sitting by my fireplace, my family all gathered round, with the Christmas tree shining in the background.We don’t even have a real Christmas tree because we like to put it up by mid-November to extend the season.But then I thought some more and I realized that we DO celebrate Christmas outside in our own special way. No Christmas would be complete without skating, skiing, sledding, and outdoor fun in the snow. Maybe it’s time to bring Christmas outside and to think outside the box a bit when planning for the upcoming holiday season.Add a comment
Well, it's that time of year. When my first son was little I did bring him in to a studio to get some pictures taken, but once we got a decent camera I decided that I'd take all of their pictures, and we do it outside, of course.My in-laws have a cranberry bog right behind their house which is also a Christmas tree farm (we got our Christmas tree there last year!) So it's basically one stop shopping for outdoor holiday photography.Add a comment