Foreword from The Blessing Nisser

Growing up in Denmark from the age of eight to fifteen was a perfect way to spend a childhood. I was raised in a small town in southern Denmark where community and relationships were important. We biked to school through rain, wind or snow. Christmas time was magical....

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Putting it All Together

I want to take a minute and let you in on my thoughts as I researched how best to bring the Nisser to you. We’re all agreed that supporting domestic production is of value in this time of global manufacturing. I did months of research, both on the computer and...

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Blessing our Men in Uniform!

Oh, friends, this is my heart! You can see it right here! Going out into the community and blessing others! Christmas has long been a time of giving, and rightly so. But what a beautiful community, state, country, and world we could build if we gave of our gifts and...

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Santa Lucia Day

December 13th marks Santa Lucia’s Day, a festival of lights celebrated in Scandinavian countries in honor of St. Lucia. One of the earliest Christian martyrs, St. Lucia was killed by the Romans in 304 because of her religious beliefs. In Scandinavian countries each...

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The Advent Wreath

The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western church. At home, we always had an Advent wreath that held four candles, and we would light one candle each of the four Sundays...

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Scandinavian Fair

My second seasonal fair was the Scandinavian Christmas Fair in Raleigh. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Julmarknad (Christmas Fair in Swedish), and it attracts people from Scandinavia and of Scandinavian descent as well as many Americans who have made this...

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Countdown Candle

The Countdown candle is very traditional in Denmark. The children gather greenery from their yards or woods and make a fresh creation that is enjoyed all season long. With marks from 1 to 24, the candle was lit each day, and the wax was allowed to melt to the next...

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Mailing Out Party

Dressed as Santa Lucia, my first Nisser to hit the road was sent out November 9, 2016. She went to a dear friend in California. Although she was the first, she was soon joined by other Nisser heading all over the country and to Scotland, England, Denmark, and...

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Nisser Gets a Makeover!

Author Kirstie Marx’s daughter, Ellie, and six of her dearest friends let their imaginations run wild as they used odds and ends of material and craft items to give their Nisser makeovers. Giggles and glue were an abundant part of this magical time when the girls gave...

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