Thursday has been dedicated to my annual Christmas workshop. My main focus will be to create this year’s Christmas cards, but I will also look for inspiration for gift wrap, including self-made gift tags.
Christmas cards — Last year I embossed most of my cards, but this year I want to mix up my techniques. Panduro, the largest craft store chain in Norway, has given me some great inspiration. You have to check out their latest video which shows you four unique ideas for wrapping Christmas presents. I’m planning to adapt some of these ideas for my cards.
Check back on Monday when I’ll show you how to make your own cards! I know, I know, it’s kinda late to be making cards, but Christmas surprises me every year with it’s sudden appearance.
Knitted Santas — Also, I’ve spent the last few weeks knitting Christmas presents for friends and family. It’s highly dangerous to post these photographs as there are name tags pinned to the figures, but luckily I have Photoshop… While I won’t be posting instructions for the Santas on the blog (they’d be rather comprehensive), I’ve given you the instructions to knit the cute little pig, Santa’s pet. Norwegian instructions will be up tonight, by request.
Christmas spirit — Up until Wednesday night, I wasn’t in much of a Christmas spirit. The weather is playing a trick on us these days — today it’s warmer in Oslo than it is in Southern Europe (ie sunny land) and all the Christmas decorations seem oddly out of season. But last night my friend Lise kindly invited me along to the choir Sangselskabet Guldbergs Akademiske Kor‘s annual Christmas concert in the church Fagerborg Kirke. The male choir was simply amazing and had a very charming choreography — they stood in different locations in the church while singing, so we all got to hear them up close. Dapperly dressed in black tuxedos greeting us welcome and waving us goodbye by the door, they were also a handsome sight for sore eyes!
The choir ended their concert with the beautiful Christmas hymn O helga natt (O holy night) and their interpretation was just out of this world — they actually brought a tear to my eye. For some odd reason we always sing this hymn in Swedish; I don’t think it was ever translated into Norwegian. Head over to Youtube and hear Norway’s greatest voice Sissel Kyrkjebø sing it. If you are not moved you’re a bit of a cold fish!
Heading for the bus after the concert, I walked Aker Brygge humming O helga natt. Feeling serene after the concert and seeing the illuminated trees and decorations at night finally gave me that warm and fuzzy feeling of Christmas!
Are you feeling like Christmas yet and what brings you the holiday spirit?
Until tomorrow, friends!