Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Where has the time gone?

Well it is already into November and I'm just finding time to post about the new theme for the Charming Girl's Club.  Check it out!

This is one of my favorite times of year because it is full of family, friends and traditions!  
Thanksgiving [which is quickly approaching] is a time to reflect on all the blessings in our lives.  We get together for the traditional Thanksgiving feast - turkey with dressing, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberries, rolls and of coarse pumpkin pie!  My grandmother used to make the pumpkin pies for the holidays and she passed down her recipe to me.  I am now the family pumpkin pie baker.  I do love pumpkin pie!

Once Thanksgiving is celebrated, Christmas is right around the corner.  Although the stores think Christmas starts in October, I really start my Christmas shopping on Black Friday.  I am not one to get up at 4:00 am to run out to the stores and stand in line for one item and then head to the next store (although I have been out shopping early on occasion). I tend to look thru the ads and determine if there are items that are on my shopping lists.  If not, I stay at home and enjoy the time with family.  Do you go out early shopping on Black Friday?

We love getting together with friends [that we don't see often] to celebrate Christmas.  One of the events is what we call the Troll Stroll.  This is a progressive dinner with some of our Norwegian friends.  We have 3 stops - appetizers, dinner and dessert.  It is nice to visit their houses to see how they decorate for the holiday.  We also have a crazy tradition of the 'Nisse Lady'.  She is the bearer of gifts to the children. 
Dressed in traditional clothing, she come knocking on the door bringing gifts. 

We also set a date to attend the Julebord with some more Norwegians friends.  Again, we have delicious traditional food like herring, flatbread, salmon, cheeses, and of coarse desserts.  

There are so many more traditions during this time of year.  

A real tree! 


I will be share more later...goals to come too!


  1. You sure know how to enjoy the holidays!!

  2. Oh what a wonderful post Dawn! I love the idea for the Troll Stroll - and the food looks so yummy! I'll be so excited to see and hear more about the holidays at your house!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Oh, memories! We hosted a foriegn exchange student when I was a Jr in HS and we did all these wonderful traditions for her so she wouldn't be homesick during the holidays. We even set up the Troll Stroll (of sorts) with some neighbors - it was so much fun. Thank you for sharing your post.

  4. yummy its looks so tasteful and it is...the norweigian christmas food its very close to the danish..we also eat the same thing and also caramel potatoes...the kransekage - its absolute my favorite..we eat most of it new years eve :-)
    Hugs, Helle in Denmark


Sweet sentiments