Sunday, 24 December 2017

December 24 - Christmas Eve

Here ends my Advent Calendar 2017. Merry Christmas and warm thanks to all my readers!

Saturday, 23 December 2017

December 23 - Pale beauty

Helleborus, in Finnish jouluruusu or Christmas rose, is a lovely flower but oh so difficult to keep alive. Some people can take such care of this flower that they can plant it in the spring and enjoy the flowers later in their garden.

Friday, 22 December 2017

December 22 - Stars

Origami star by my daughter Kaija.

Eight-pointed star by me.

Fourteen pointed paper star made after Kaija's instructions.

And finally a real star in the winter sky.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

December 21 - Wreaths

I saw some nice wreaths outside a florist's shop.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

December 20 - Snow surfaces

 Some days there is only little snow.

It covers all surfaces and creates nice patterns for quilt blocks or quilting lines.

Some days there is more snow and the squirrel must dive deep to find the sunflower seeds that fall from the bird feeder.

And sometimes there are lumps of older snow left when new snow gives a light dusting on the yew needles.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

December 19 - Poinsettia

Of all Christmas flowers, white poinsettia is one of my favourites.

Monday, 18 December 2017

December 18 - Light into the darkness

One of the advantages of dark nights and snow is that we can use living fire outdoors to make the evening look festive. Instead of the giant size tea lights in tins we had a home made, traditional light called jätkänkynttilä, lumberjack's candle. It is a piece of tarry log, old wood, sawn crosswise almost  through the length. Chips of wood are used for making the fire that can last up to 4 hours.

That was our Independence Day outdoor decoration, and this is what was left of it next morning. It burned on a concrete tile without falling in the wind.