In my daily advent basket I always find a Christmas book and a Christmas cd. Today both words and music were The Nutcracker, the book by E.T.A.Hoffmann, illustrated by Roberto Innocenti, the music of course by Tchaikovsky.
In my advent blogging last year I also wrote about the book and the music, and I mentioned that on top of my wish list was a collection of wooden Nutcrackers. I had only seen them on photos then, as they are nowhere to be found in Norway.
How could I know then that three wonderful, amazing women were to respond to this, Catherine and Pam in USA, Dagmar in Austria. So now, this advent and Christmas, there are three stout charmeurs standing on top a cupboard in our livingroom, all three so proud to have found a new home in Norway. They have all been to find in my basket, one a day for three days. Tonight I plan to sit down with a christmassy mug of "gløgg" - a hot, spicy drink, I will lit my advent candle, play Tchaikovsky and disappear into the fairy tale land of The Nutcracker. Sure you can come along.
Today I want to give you a link to my favorite blog, Tongue in Cheek, which is written by Corey in France. I have visited Corey's blog daily since spring, a perfect way to nourish the child in me. This is not a typical advent or Christmas blog, but a place where inspiration, love and beuty sparkle from Corey and out to the world. Thank you Corey. If you want a heartfelt thank, please e-mail me your snail mail address.