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Treasures from the Flea Market

001a 002aPhotos by Eva 2015

Wednesdays.  Traditionally every Wednesday I know that my husband is going off for the day…he usually varies by going to the farm market/flea market in one direction or the music store/thrift stores in the other direction.  Normally I am working and am usually not asked to go along anyway.  Until today.  I was getting my breakfast when he comes and says, “It’s Wednesday. ”  I reply, “yes, and you are going off somewhere”.  “are you off?”  “yes”.  “do you want to go to the flea market?”

Do I want to go to the flea market?  Silly question.  I love going to the flea market.  It’s getting outside and also finding some fun treasures.  I used to look for items to sell on my Etsy shop but I’ve kind of downsized in that and am looking for items to give as gifts or to use myself.  And being that Christmas is coming, it’s great to find some treasures.

Well, I hit pay dirt today.  I didn’t spend very much money at all…there are dollar tables which I always look at.  My one girlfriend gets annoyed at me when I consistently look at the dollar tables…but, that’s what is fun for me.

Today I found an vintage English pudding mold…since I am married to a Brit, I have always wanted to try Christmas pudding…and it’s a particular mold…super excited when I found it today and for $2 as well!

Since I have Scandinavian blood(made in USA of Danish parts…), I was also excited to find the wooden Christmas tree to put the little candles in and the Swedish angel chimes….made in Sweden instead of the Made in China ones( do NOT get me started on that charade…).  When my daughter was small, she adored the angel chimes.  I have a photo of her somewhere where she is adoring the angel chimes.  This particular one is heavier than the one I had and I will clean it up and give that to her for her birthday this year as well as the little tree.  We had a little tree like that when I was growing up.  (her birthday is just before Christmas).

And lastly, I got a really cute wooden wagon that used to hold wooden blocks(made in Germany) and two old fashioned Gingerbread cookie cutters.

All for less than $10.  I am thrilled.  Add to that the day was gorgeous…70 and sun was shining…got my walk for the day in as well.  What did hubby buy?  A 1948 English penny for twenty five cents!

til next time…Eva

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The Bells of Christmas

Christmas Eve 2013
After my parents retired and moved from the bakery, they moved to a country area close by and started going to a small country church. The pastor there became a good friend and he knew how much my parents loved hearing a Danish hymn for Christmas…so, every Christmas Eve this particular hymn would be one of the hymns sung. The Bells of Christmas by Grundtvig. I can see my parents’ eyes of sheer delight when the music would start and they would sing together…the Danish lyrics.

The Bells of Christmas(Det Kimer nu til Julefest) 1817
by Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig

1. The bells of Christmas chime once more,
The heavenly guest is at the door
He comes to earthly dwelling still
With new year gifts of peace, good will

2. This world though wide and far outspread,
Could scarcely find for you a bed
Your cradle was a manger stall
No pearl no silk no kingly hall

3. Now let us go with quiet mind,
The swaddled babe with shepherds find,
To gaze on him who gladdens them
The lovliest flow’r of Jesse’s stem

4. Oh join with me, in gladness sing,
To keep our Christmas with our King,
Until our song, from loving souls,
Like rushing mighty water rolls!

5. O patriarchs’ Joy, O prophets’ Song
O Dayspring bright, awaited long
O son of Man, incarnate Word
Great David’s Son, great David’s Lord

6. Come, Jesus, glorious heav’nly guest,
And keep your Christmas in our breast
Then David’s harpstrings, hushed so long,
Shall swell our jubilee of song.

After church service, we would come home, put the tree on, music on and have coffee and a piece of Julekage with butter and jam and just be hygge(cosy)the bells of Christmas with being together and knowing that it was Julaften, talking about family members still in Denmark and memories of the past.
Wishing you a most holy night…the bells of Christmas ring once more…
til next time…Eva