My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar - 18 December (Counting stars)

Welcome back to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar!  Join me every day in opening a new door.  Once again, I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes…  So sit back, relax and enjoy!

18 DECEMBER

Is there a Christmas decoration that hangs in every window in your corner of the world?  Around these parts it used to be this retro classic - we 'inherited' this one from the previous owners of our Swedish summer house and I love it - pure Christmas kitsch! :)



But now there's a new Sheriff in town...complete with a star - Julestjernen!



Yep, those stars seem to be hanging in every Danish shop window and home right now...



And you know they've gone viral when supermarkets and discount stores start selling them.



Julestjernen ("Christmas star") is, co-incidentally, also the Danish name for the poinsettia...



I also spotted these in the shop windows...paper stars - another obsession of those crazy (but lovable) Danes!



If you want to try your hand at making some yourself, buy the long, thin strips of paper ready cut at hobby stores and bookshops.  Precision is key!



But I'm warning you, they're very tricky and mind-boggingly time-consuming to make - I don't think I'll ever master them.  Normally I give up and turn them into musetrapper ("mouse steps") instead... ! :-P

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Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow when we open the next door!

Diane :)

1 comment:

Linda K. said...

I have my red candelabra in the front kitchen window all year! I have another one that needs light bulbs,,this size is very hard to find in the US. I fell in love with the big lit stars 2 years ago when we rented an apartment in Copenhagen during our stay. There were star lights in almost all the rooms and I luckily found them at an IKEA store!! Also up all year!! The paper ones..too hard to make, buy them! I bought a lovely book in C. Also.. "How my mother taught me to weave Christmas hearts" by Minder. There are at least 100 different ones shown, I've been able to do 3!! But I haven't given up on them, but very challenging ideas for many. Enjoy your blog so very much.
Glædelig jul! From Wisconsin, USA