It has become a bit of a tradition that my kitchen window participates in our village Adventkalendar. This year we opened on the 5th; that's when the Dutch celebrate St. Nicholas. So apart from my decorated window and large amounts of Glühwein, we also had pepernoten, speculaas and taai-taai.
This year, I decorated my window with the Schwalm embroidery nativity. Having a partitioned window, we ended up with four scenes.
If you would like to know how the figures were made, check out these older blog posts. In time for Christmas 2018, I'll run a nativity workshop on the 8th of December 2018. More information on Schwalm embroidery can be found on Luzine Happel's website (available in German and English).
And since it has been quite the year for us, I am going to take a short break from blogging. In fact, this is my last post for this year. Thank you for your support and have a marvellous Christmas and a happy new year! See you on the 8th of January with a brand new blog post.
Thank you Catherine! Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas too and all the best for the new year.
Enjoy a well earned rest.
Thank you Ann, you too!
Thank you Rachel! And you too!
Jessica, your window looks so lovely. But what do you mean by saying "village Adventkalendar"? Does it mean, that each day of Advent one house decorates its window? This sounds amazing... Looking at your window I had a feeling of Christmas really coming, because the sounds of this melody were in my head all the time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2EQSbqyn7I
Yes, Ange, that's the idea. People meet up each evening at another window.
What a lovely thing to do during Advent. It strengthens your community while celebrating the coming of Christmas. Lovely to see your Schwalm work embroidered window. The figures are very pretty too.
Thank you Catherine! We had another lovely opening tonight :).
It's lovely! And I wish you and your family a long and peaceful holiday to rest and restore.
Thank you Katrina!
Jessica, I love your blog and am impressed with the scope and loveliness of your embroidery. Your year has been challenging on so many fronts. Enjoy a good break; a restful and refreshing one. Come back when YOU are ready. Thank you for an interesting, informative, inspiring blog. May your Christmas be blessed and the blessings continue into 2018.
Thank you for being so inspirational throughout the year - it hasn't been an easy one for you, and you must still be recovering from the fire;
What a beautiful way to celebrate Advent! Your Schwalm window is lovely. Advent is the forgotten season these days, with Christmas lights, decorations and carols starting in October! It is my favourite season, with its hauntingly expectant waiting note sounded in the ancient Advent carols --- and the modern ones.
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