Friday, October 19, 2012

Christmas All Year Round

Around here, we’re occupied with Christmas practically year-round. Right now, the Christmas orders are being processed and sent out by Sanne and Lars from the warehouse. And soon our first Christmas issue of the year will be on its way to the stores (it’s just arrived, fresh from the printer’s, today). Before we get to that point, many, many hours of work have been put in throughout most of the year. Dorte and Jytte are in China right now buying materials for our Christmas collection 2013: beads, ribbon, small metal trinkets for decoration, etc. Thus right after Christmas, Dorte will get to work designing the Christmas collection for next year. It’s an ongoing process, which is always underway in some way or other. Ideas often crop up at the strangest time, and inspiration has a way of its own of course.

By the time February comes along, the handmade collection is roughly in place, and we’re making samples and assembling materials. Sometimes we have an idea about using recycled materials, which requires a special effort in order to accumulate the materials needed for the amount of Christmas decorations that we sell now. This is the reason why you sometimes see an item with only a limited number available.
After several tweaks, the collections fall into place little by little. Dorte and Helle start working on the layout for each small item, and the printed matters are ordered. Once we receive them, Jane and her team start making the final samples together with Dorte.

We have to order materials, calculate hours of work, etc. Then the items need to be photographed and put up for sale. All this must be accomplished before May 1st – that leaves us one month to spare for final corrections and to get all the pictures put on the website.

When we get to June 1st, our “Christmas group” is opened up for the year’s collections, and the stores can begin to pre-order the items. This is also when the actual production begins over here in Jane’s workshop.
So as early as May and June, we’re well underway with paper cones, Christmas scents and Christmas balls.

Here at the editorial office, we shoot Christmas photos from September through January each year. Then it’s all about Christmas cookies, candy and decorations – sometimes as early as September.

Luckily, our kids are old enough to understand what we do – because for a few years, they were all confused about Christmas trees and presents so early in the year. And the presents were all empty!! These days, maybe they’re used to it as well as to Christmas candy in October, which Susanne and I were just out shopping for today – no complaints about that!
Luckily, none of us have been put off from wanting to decorate at home either – once the “real” Christmas approaches.

This year, I think I’ll decorate this pretty sink with pine and spruce and hang it in the courtyard to welcome our holiday guests. If I’m lucky, perhaps I can also hang a couple of our new lanterns that we just designed… That’s another story altogether, which we’ll share with you some other day. /Vivian

Here is a recepi for you :)

Date Balls

- A wonderful, healthy snack – recipe by Kristine –

Makes about 25 date balls

8 oz (200 g) pitted Dates
4 oz (100 g) Oats
4 oz (100 g) Almonds

Combine dates and almonds in a blender to form a coarse, sticky mass. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the oats to combine well – knead the mass on the counter a bit if needed. Roll into delicious, bite-sized balls.
Try them for breakfast, as an afternoon snack or just as a sweet but healthy treat.
Store these healthy and delicious snacks in a sealed container in the refrigerator until they’re all gone :)


  1. I love Christmas especially with all of your lovely goodies:-)


  2. I just LOVE all your goodies...Christmas or otherwise. They are all beautiful!!

  3. So looking forward to your Christmas issue!

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