Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Where, oh where, does the time go?

It was Thanksgiving last I wrote a post and now, suddenly, it's almost Christmas! We spent Thanksgiving weekend relaxing at a spa in Poland and then I spent the last few weeks gearing up for my big final exam in Danish.

The grading system here is a bit odd to me, but the final result was 7, 7, 7... the last 7 counts twice but the three 7's, rather than 4, looks more like winning the jackpot in Vegas, so I'm going with 3. Finishing school is a bit like winning a jackpot!!

Moving along... in just 4 days my parents will arrive from the US for their first Christmas in Denmark! We've been busy get the house ready for their visit and for once, the weather gods have cooperated and sent some snow. Hopefully it will stick around so we can have a white Christmas.

First - the tree. We went to a local guy we'd been to before and he had the perfect tree for us - Ole actually picked it up off the ground and said, "how about this one?", and that first pick was the winner!

We happened to have had the dogs with us at the time, and our car has a split folding rear-seat, so lowered the 1/3 side and pushed the tree through the opening. This meant the dogs had to shove over in the back seat and share the remaining space. They were quite confused by the tree in the car, but surprisingly, they haven't touched the tree in the house!

Our tree now, all decorated...

The guy had a table full of free tree pieces he had cut off of other trees, and since I had planned on trying to make my own wreath, I took a huge pile of trimmings. I spent a few hours this afternoon attempting the wreath. It's not perfect, and now I've learned a bit for the next one, but here is my hand-made wreath!...


  1. Congrats on your perfect 7s! (So glad the dogs haven't tried to use the tree as a lamp post!)

    The tree, the wreath, the snow - you're all set for a wonderful Christmas with your parents!

  2. Hi Patti!! First of all, a HUGE congratulations with your test results!! I'm so glad we didn't have the same rules here about needing that test to stay in Norway!! I'd have been kicked out a long time ago!! hahahaa! Didn't take my language test until about 1-2 years ago...
    I'm totally envious that your family is coming to Denmark for the holidays, I so wish my family would come here one year- next year we're hoping for an American Christmas, so maybe the year after?? Hope you enjoy the holidays with your family and that they get a white Christmas and enoy the peaceful Danish Christmas!
    Your wreath is great!!! Remember the tragic wreath I tried to make last year? Not even close to being as good as yours!!! If this is your first attempt- all I have to say is WOW!
    Take care and have a super Sunday- hugs from Norway :-)

  3. Congrats on your exams and how wonderful for you that you will be able to share Christmas with you family! Happy Holidays :)

  4. Very pretty trea. And congratulations.

  5. Tillykke on your test scores!! I love your Christmas's very festive!

  6. I am so excited that you get to have your parents there for a real Danish Christmas!! I know they will love experiencing all those special Danish traditions!


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