Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Swedish Elves


Swedish Elves adorned my home at Christmas time when I was a little girl. My parents had quite a fun collection, and thanks to them, I have one of my own now.


They sit on our mantle each December. Some years I have added white lights, but this year I ran out of time before my surgery and added a bit of fresh greenery as a backdrop. I plucked the boughs from a bouquet of flowers we received from gracious guests at Thanksgiving.


I loved the traditions I grew up with and when we were first married I instinctively made Christmas stockings just like the ones my mom had created when I was a child. Hers, however, had jingle bells on the cuff. Perhaps I will add them to ours. . . next year.


It has been interesting thinking how to incorporate a new son-in-law into our traditions. My aunt inspired a solution when it game to the stockings. As each of her children married, a button (with the new in-law's picture on it) was pinned to the original child's stocking. As grandchildren came along, picture buttons were added for each of them. That way, the stocking became a family stocking that Santa filled whenever the new family came home for Christmas.

I adapted this idea by using iron-on letters to add "David" to Rachel's stocking. As little ones join their home, I might use a different font for each name.


It is unlikely that we will always have grown children with us on Christmas morning, but until graduate school whisks them out of state next year, this is our plan. How do YOU incorporate new family members into your Christmas?


Years ago there used to be a shop in Salt Lake City that sold my Swedish Elves. It is no more. Have you seen them anywhere? I would LOVE to continue the collection-building tradition with the Newlyweds.

God Jul!

18 comments:

Dixie Mom said...

Those are adorable! And what a sweet tradition to keep passing on.

Lesa said...

Those are so cute. I don't know that I've seen those before.

Your mantle looks beautiful! I like the idea about the stockings.

I hope you are getting stronger each day.

Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

Way cute! I'm always looking for ways to keep our heritage and family traditions remembered and displayed.

Shannon said...

My brother served his mission in Sweden and he sent me a little Santa one year, bit it's a different style than yours. What a cute mantle- and I love the greenery.

I like the name idea on your stockings. My grandmother needlepointed stockings for each of us as we were born and my mom has sewn tapestry stockings for each family as her children married. She just makes another of the same pattern when grandchildren arrive. It's their first Christmas present from her. Mom kept our childhood stockings to hang on her wall (no fireplace!) and we bring our new stockings with us if we go for Christmas.

Hope the knees are doing well. I visited my grandma during her therapy session at her rehab clinic yesterday. The man on the table next to her had a knee with a long scar very similar to yours. I thought of you while I watched him do his exercises. You're not alone- but at least you're home!

Nichole said...

That is such a great idea & I love those little elves, especialy the ones with the fuzzy white hair! lol

Saimi said...

Family traditions are the best and I love yours!! Those elves are so dang cute, I've never seen them before!

Charlene said...

I found them online last year and gave my kids each one to carry on the family tradition. The are called Swedish tomte and they are made by Ljungstrom in Sweden.

Mom to Many said...

Very cute!

Garden of Egan said...

Those are darling!!!! I've never heard of them before or ever seen anything like them.
Too cute.
I think your mantel piece looks great.

I love the stocking idea for the in-law. That is great.

I don't know what surgery you had, but I hope you are feeling better and recovered!

ailinh harris said...

What an adorable mantle! I'm the first to get married off in my family, and I also happen to be the first daughter-in-law to enter my husband's side of the family, and every Christmas my mother-in-law would be those chocolate orange candies--it was the tradition in her home, and although it's nothing too fancy, she always bought a couple extra to stick along with my presents. It always made me feel welcomed and really a part of the family. :)

Susi said...

Niiiice!!!!!! That's fun to see them move over the pond! But are your parents Swedish or so??
I hope you're getting better after your surgery.
Greetings from Sweden!

Jackietex said...

Do a search on Etsy.com.

Jennilyn said...

LOVE the in-law solution. Nice way to include them. Gpa Harold spoke Swedish on his mission...Gpa Jack Babcock had Sweedish ancestors, but are there any on our moms' side? I feel mildly indignant--why don't we have these cute elves as a family tradition?! Must change that, start something new. I like how traditions can become real within one generation. Embrace it, and pass it on and pray it matters to your children!

Charlene said...

We have ancestors from Norway on the the Carlson side. When they had the Olympics in Norway back in what 1992, during the opening ceremonies they had people dressed in these sort of outfits and I remember thinking they look like our Christmas elves.

Dean and Sheri said...

What adorable little Christmas Elves. What sweet traditions. These little characters will become family heirlooms for generations to come. What a lucky guy your son-in-law is to have such a thoughtful mother-in-law. Love the simple soloution of adding his name and their future children's names to your daughter's stocking.I do hope you are feeling stronger and not having too much pain from your knee surgery.

Mrs.Spy said...

Adorable!!!

Betty said...

Your Grandpa Carlson's paternal grandparents, Isaac Carlson and Bengta (Mary) Anderson, were from Sweden. They traveled to Utah in the 1870's.

Holt's in da House said...

Looks like we're cousins. Would you believe I just 'googled' Isaac and Mary, my 2nd Great Grandparents. Fun! holt.connie@gmail.com