|NORWEGIAN JULENISSEN PURCHASED IN BERGEN, 1998.
A NISSE IS UNDER 4 FEET TALL AND IS THE [SHORT-TEMPERED] GUARDIAN
OF THE HOME AND FARMSTEAD.
I’m still in the kitchen. Or maybe I should admit San Geraldo is still in the kitchen while I’m relegated to my office to cut parchment paper into circles for the bottoms of baking pans. Ten pans. Two circles per pan. That’s twenty circles! (No need for intelligence briefings for me. “I’m, like, a smart person.”)
(Click any image and get in the spirit.)
|JAMAICAN BLACK CAKE, DAY THREE, STAGE ONE.
THE GROUND-UP FRUIT (AND BOOZE) MIXTURE.
Every year, San Geraldo asks me if I want to cut the paper circles for the baking pans. Every year I have been conveniently busy doing something else. He always tries to make his request sound like he wants me to feel a part of the baking process. But I know the truth. He hates cutting these frickin’ circles. This year I wasn’t prepared to say “no” when he asked. Ten minutes of my life gone, just like that! (OK, you’ve heard it here; I’ll do it from now on.)
|SAN GERALDO NOW SAYS THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT.
TOO LATE! OF COURSE, THEY’RE PERFECT.
Meanwhile, although we do not have a Christmas tree (we wouldn’t want the cats to have too much fun), I’ve emptied one of our two Christmas boxes and have strewn (well, carefully placed) decorations around the house. I’m now considering taking out the other box.
|SANTAS GIVEN TO US OVER THE YEARS BY OUR NEPHEWS (I.E., THEIR MOTHER).
BUT, WE BOUGHT OURSELVES THE TWO FATTER ONES.
|ONE OF MANY ORNAMENTS HAND-MADE BY SAN GERALDO.
(SUSPENDED FROM HIS CROWN OF GENUINE GOLD-COLORED ALUMINUM
AND GENUINE FAUX RUBIES AND EMERALDS).
|BOBBLE-BODY SANTA FROM BERGEN, NORWAY.|
|JULENISSEN HAND-MADE FOR US BY COUSIN ELLEN IN BERGEN.|
|ANOTHER JULE NISSE FROM COUSINS INGER AND JAN OLAF.|
Sweet memories and maybe I’m just a bit more in the holiday spirit.