Monday, December 21, 2015

CHRISTMAS TRADITION

I think I've had this wooden Christmas tree from Norway for about 50 years and it holds 9 candles - the Angel Chime size.  This year I was determined to find candles for it, because when we moved, and put all our belongings into storage in Texas, I didn't save any candles because they would have just all melted in the heat.  Therefore, I didn't have any of the candles when we came to Oregon.  So, I went looking all over town looking for Angel Chime candles - Walgreens, Walmart, Winco, Dollar Tree, Good Will, Albertsons.  I asked a girl working at Albertsons if they had a Jewish section with menorah candles (the lady at Walmart suggested that they might work).  They didn't, but she offered to check with another Albertsons store to see if they did.  Guess what!  They did!  They are a little fatter than the other candles, so we pared down the bottoms to fit in the holders.

The tradition we have is that we light all of them for our Christmas Eve supper.  I am descended from Norwegian immigrants and growing up we also enjoyed the home made lefse that my aunt or grandma made.  I made some on Saturday and put it in the freezer - after testing it to make sure it was good!  Yummy!

Notice beside the tree are my 2 Christmas S&P shakers - gingerbread houses and Mr. & Mrs. Santa.



I got the ten minute block table runner quilted and bound this weekend.


I can't show the other Christmas gifts I've made, but I can show these mug rugs that I made for the girlfriends of a couple of my DIL's nephews who will be coming by their house on Christmas Day.  One is in nursing school and the other is already an RN.  I had some of this medical fabric on hand and made these so I would have a little gift for them.


Saturday, I went to a thrift shop looking for a kitchen item and found these two porcelain dolls for a good price.  As you can see, one of them has a crocheted dress as well that needs buttons in back.  The other one needs re-stringing and some clothes.  The one in the dress can stand up.  They were made in 1980 and are in perfect condition.  I think I might make some clothes for them and might try to sell them in my Easy shop.  Don't they have sweet faces?





Thanks to all for your many comments over the year and for so many wonderful posts about quilting and other things.  I have enjoyed my blogging adventures over the last about 7 years and look forward to many more!  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!  

10 comments:

Lori said...

Love the candle/tree tradition. So happy you found some candles! Have a very merry Christmas Ruth.

CecileD said...

I wish you a Merry Christmas too Ruth, with all your family !

---"Love" said...

What a lovely Norwegian Christmas arrangement! And both those dolls are beautiful! Someone is going to love those, and the doll quilt is a perfect match! Every time I look at the 10-minute block runner, I see something different about it. It's really growing on me!
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO BOTH YOU AND YOUR SWEET HUBBY! Enjoy your time with all the family! ---"Love"

ES said...

The gingerbread salt and pepper shakers are too cute!

Quilting Babcia said...

I love reading about family traditions! So happy that you were able to locate the candles for your Norwegian tree. Your 10 minute block runner is lovely too. Very 'country' look, which I love! Merry Christmas to you and all your family!

Lesley said...

Love your wooden tree. What a wonderful Christmas tree tradition! You've made such great gifts. Really like the ten minute runner! I'm sure you'll have fun dressing those dolls. Their faces are so sweet!

lillianscupboard said...

Loved the post and I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas.

Barb said...

I'm so glad you saved those sweet dolls. I do love the "real expression" faces.
Your runner is great and I really love those gingerbread S&P

Marsha said...

The tree is great, glad you found the candles that will work. Love the dolls, their faces are so sweet, they were a wonderful find. The table runner looks great, love those fabrics. Have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

a good yarn said...

What a lovely Christmas tradition. Your tree and other Christmas fancies are delightful. More charming projects - just might have to make me one of those table runners or similar. Best wishes for a happy Christmas.