Some friends on their way on vacation left us five bulbs of Hyacinths (Hyasinter/Svibler) in a box yesterday. I have never had them in the house before although they are regarded as the Christmas flower. That will probably change now because I simply love their fragrance besides the fact that they come in all kinds […]


I have put out our nativity scene (krybbe) in the living-room. These figures have followed us since the children were small and this year I have adopted the Spanish tradition to set up the scene two weeks before Christmas. Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Mary and Joseph’s ride to Bethlehem has always interested me. What if they had known that they were to […]


Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen The first of December I always put out my lamps with candles next to the front door, and I have them burn day and night till Christmas Eve. They create a great athmosphere outside the house, and whenever we get home the burning candles welcome us back. Traditions like this make […]


Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen The coming Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, and I can finally allow myself having that good old Christmas feeling. Although the stores have started weeks ago, it is the last four weeks before Christmas that count. I am as ever excited about reading my favorite Christmas tale, the book […]