As part of the Christmas Traditions in historic St. Charles, Missouri, they have many characters dressed up to represent figures from books, folktales, holiday traditions from around the world and more interacting with the folks who come to visit. They give out cards, somewhat like baseball trading cards, with their picture and name on it explaining their tradition. The children (and some adults) were very much engaged in collecting the entire set of 40. This charming young lady is Saint Lucy or Santa Lucia St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Italy and in Scandinavia, with each emphasizing a different aspect of the story. In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. It is one of the very few saint days observed in Scandinavia. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each. (wikipedia)
I couldn’t remember who she was at first but when I saw her card – it all came back to me.
And possibly the you know what bug that goes around this time of year. Either it’s that virus that shall not be named or a case of food poisoning (I blame that bit of fish I got from the hot food bar at a local grocery store) or maybe even both. Either way, I’m feeling lower than a snakes belly button in a ditch. My plan was to get THE shot after Thanksgiving so that if there were any potential reactions they wouldn’t muck up the holiday with the family. But as the saying goes – best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Mice making plans? Last thing the world needs is plotting rodents.
These photos were taken last year at the local conservatory which I had plans of going to again this weekend for the holiday display…maybe not. But back to the poinsettias. Isn’t it amazing how many varieties there are now? When I was a child I only saw red ones. Now they come in a great many beautiful colors and shapes. When they appear you know it’s that time of the year. Do you decorate with poinsettias or is there a different holiday plant that you use?
Otherwise known as Gingerbread Houses. I’m not sure if these were made of gingerbread or not but they certainly took some effort and a lot of candies…and they did smell so delicious. You just never know what you may come across on the Friday after Thanksgiving when you are in a mall. No! I did not go for that shopping frenzy – we arrived much later in the afternoon. I wanted to hit a couple of stores that they have back in Missouri that they don’t have where I live now.
Have you ever made a gingerbread house before? Eaten one?
So…after driving for close to 9 hours to get from here to the relatives for Thanksgiving (it would’ve been shorter had we not stopped to eat a couple of times and to fill up the tank once) we got to our hotel with some time to kill before meeting up with people after their work hours. We stayed at an Embassy Suites hotel in St. Charles, Missouri. If you’ve never been in one let me say they can be like small cities with the number of floors and rooms on each floor. To while away the time before we met up with the first half of the family (ie. son, his wife, and the grands) I wandered around the hotel with my camera while DH took a nap after all of the driving. What? You thought I helped drive?
The bear and looking up fascinated me the most.
I’m back! All sorts of wonderful things happened over the holiday – and I have the new girth to show for it! But I want to share this with you first. Ran into this fellow and his adorably cuddly goat while in St. Charles, Missouri. Seems his name is Julenisse and he and his pet goat, Yuley, visit the children in Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Sweden Denmark, and Finland. Yuley knocks on their doors with his horns three times and when they answer they are given a gift and a small paper basket of candy to hang on their Christmas trees.
Fancy meeting him in the midwest!