Janne Robberstad

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Christmas is… a decorated tree!

By spotogspindel | December 22, 2009


There are so many ways to decorate a Christmas tree. Here is mine.

When I was young I read an article about a couple who was travelling around the world, and had decided to buy a small souvenir from every country they visited, to hang on their Christmas tree. That way, they could re-live a little of their exotic trip every year. I thought that was an excellent idea, and ever since, whenever  I go to a newcountry, I buy a little something to put on my tree.


I have greek-ortodox cross from Athen, a tropical fish from the jungle in Guatemala, a laughing Buddah from China, a little house from Prag, wooden shoes from the Netherlands, to mention some.


Here is the little bell-bearer, one of my new handmade swap-ornaments of the year.


And here is Michelle´s snowman hanging in front of the Eiffel tower.


This little girl, who I have always believed to be the virgin Mary, was painted by either me or my sister way back in 1980, when we first moved to New Orleans. In the back is a chinese ornament.

Topics: Christmas | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Christmas is… a decorated tree!”

  1. Susan Williamson Says:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 08:03

    What an absolutely stunning tree Janne. It’s always been really important to me to decorate my tree as soulfully as I can. This year one of my favourite ornaments, a delicate heart, cracked. I was upset about this and tempted to throw it out, but then my husband said “The cracks will let more love out” so I had to put it on the tree when I heard that.

  2. Justin Segal Says:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 18:41

    Beauty, that. Love the warmth of it — and especially, the masks behind the tree! I think saving talismans and remembrances from far-flung adventures is a great tradition, too — and Xmas is a wonderful chance to pick through the treasures, eh?

  3. michelle Says:
    December 27th, 2009 at 07:48

    your tree is fabulous!
    i LOVE your ornament!!! i got it right before we left for Christmas. absolutely gorgeous. i will cherish it. thank you!