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! 🙂