We decorated our Christmas tree last Sunday and although this may be too early for some, I love having the house full of colour and lights during the festive season and so why not get the box down from the attic early in December. If you like to have a go at making your own Christmas decorations, there is a brilliant workshop taking place this Friday 7th December run by the very lovely Lise Jacobsen of Tommelise Danish Design.
Lise is a familiar face at Little Otter Markets with her stall of beautiful oilcloth accessories, and in recent years she has also been selling Danish paper stars. At Friday's workshop you can learn about the traditional Danish julehygge experience as you will be making paper stars whilst being able to hygge with the other participants.
Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is part of Danish cultural identity describing extraordinary cosiness as a means of promoting togetherness, contentment and wellbeing. You will be making your own set of three stars with the materials provided and have the opportunity to taste Danish glogg and brunkager (mulled wine and ginger biscuits).
To book on, please visit the Rural Skills Centre website.
After a very busy day at Rhiwbina's Handmade Market this year, I asked Lise how her Christmas plans are coming together and how she spends her Christmases....
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m trying to complete a few outstanding orders for very patient customers and possibly some Christmas presents.
Are you attending any other markets?
I’m not doing any other markets but I am running a Christmas hygge workshop on Friday 7th December at the Rural Skills Centre outside Cardiff, where you will make Danish paper stars. (See above).
How do you spend Christmas?
This year I’m going back home to Denmark. In Denmark we celebrate on Christmas Eve - the 24th December is the loooongest day ever. We are 16 for Christmas dinner, and we all bring something so that the host doesn’t have to do everything. We start with the meal followed by cleaning up, and then we light the tree (real candles) and dance around it singing traditional Danish songs. Then we unwrap presents. Days after Christmas will be spent with family and friends.
What is your favourite thing about Christmas?
I love the build up to Christmas which includes shopping, Christmas parties and wrapping presents.
What's your favourite Christmas song?
I used to sing in a choir when I was younger, so every time I hear a traditional Christmas hymn sung by a choir I get goosebumps.
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Markets. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks with her dog Betsi, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns.