Scandinavian Themed Tree for Charity Event

This is the second year in which we have donated a thematically decorated tree for a local charity event. This year, we wanted to commemorate our tour of Scandinavia in 2011 – selecting ornaments that are traditional to the countries of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden.  


As handcrafted ornaments are traditional in Scandinavia, we chose to select something to represent each country.  Scherenschnitte snowflakes for Denmark in honor of Hans Christian Andersen. Woven paper heart baskets for Norway.  Pepperkaker, or Swedish ginger cookie ornaments, for Sweden.  
This is one of three handcrafted, wooden stars on the tree to symbolize the flags of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Originally I had wanted to decorate three smaller trees – adorning the top of each with the star – but a large 7′ tree was given to me so I changed plans.
The flags of the three countries are also represented in a garland. Sadly, I had tried to make pepperkaker ornaments but I rolled the dough too thin and they all broke. Fortunately, we also used straw ornaments and crocheted snowflakes so there was enough variety.  

The tree will be auctioned off on Saturday evening.  I am excited to see how much money it brings – I may even have to bid on it myself! 🙂


About Eva Varga

Eva is passionate about education. She has extensive experience in both formal and informal settings. She presently homeschools her two young children, teaches professional development courses through the Heritage Institute, and writes a middle level secular science curriculum called Science Logic. In addition to her work in education, she is an athlete, competing in Masters swimming events and marathons. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, learning new languages, and above all spending time with her family. ♥

2 comments on “Scandinavian Themed Tree for Charity Event

  1. Thank you, Phyllis! It was certainly a joy to create. I really wanted to bid on it myself … but a las, I did not. I think I will have to create two trees in my home though – our traditional tree and a themed tree.

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