Continuing in the spirit of gathering simple holiday vignettes, this hall-table arrangement of some of our Finnish collectibles reminds me that sprites and tonttus are also part of our family holiday tradition. One of our trees is always decorated with folksy Finnish and German ornaments collected over many years. With lots of wooden figures, birch bark and paper ornaments, garlands of real popcorn and cranberries, and tiny white lights like fireflies, it's the tree that our children (when they were small) and now our grandchildren enjoy the most. It's the tree which they are in charge of decorating. But every year certain ornaments have a habit of escaping the tree. Like these two tonttus, off to investigate wherever they think I might need help. It was their idea, when they spied the wooden sauna cups and birch bark snow shoes, to add snowflake punches in red to resemble the Scandinavian cross-stitched linens that are also part of our holiday heritage.
Earlier this year, Lidy at French Garden House sent me this lovely table runner, stitched in red with my family monogram. We agreed it was meant to join our family this year. I love how it looks, draped casually next to the old Meissen soup tureen, as though preparations might be under way for a warm winter meal.
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