13 December, 2010

Christmas Decorating Traditions

By LuAnne Silvia, ASID
At Christmas time decorating for the holidays at our house is about including decorations from my Scandinavian heritage. What a great way to incorporate family heirlooms unique to your cultural background and pass along family traditions.
Here are some holiday decorations from my collection that I treasure and love to unpack each year. Most of them were given to me by my parents. All of the traditional Norwegian Rosemaling ornaments were painted by my mother, Shirley Evenstad, Rosemaling Vesterheim Gold Medalist. 
2009 Sons of Norway Ornament IMG_2045
Hand painted glass ornamentIMG_2046
Hand painted wood ornamentsIMG_2034
This ornament is also by Shirley Evenstad, called Kolrosing. The design is achieved by using a knife to create the lines and then rubbing pine bark onto the surface which darkens and enhances the pattern. IMG_2051
Wood cut ornamentsIMG_2047
Pewter ornamentIMG_2063
Knitted ornament IMG_2048
Candleholder, rosemaling by Shirley EvenstadIMG_2058
Painting I purchased in Norway of Nisse and a Moose in the woodsIMG_2055
Sleeping JensIMG_2071

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