Christmas

Mon
28
Nov
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The first sign of Christmas

Yesterday was the first Advent and here in Sweden that's the start of Christmas season. When you have one foot in two different cultures you cherry pick; so the Christmas boxes came out after Thanksgiving.

Little more than a year ago I had a small stroke, so I'm not comfortable flying yet. It's strange not spending Thanksgiving in Dallas and I miss family and friends. I miss the warmth of Texas winter too, especially when I look outside the window; the snow is still falling and the ground is covered in a white blanket.

On the other hand it's fun to take some time off and do the Christmas decorations. In Sweden the Christmas tree goes up just a few days before Christmas Eve and stays throughout January. So in our cherry-picking-culture-thingy-Christmas-tradition it goes up after Thanksgiving and stays throughout January.

Sun
29
Nov
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Deck the Hall

Did you know that your Christmas tree can look smaller or larger depending on how you decorate it? Or that the color of your Santa Claus can change from orange to dark red depending on where you place him? Have you ever bought a gorgeous Christmas decoration and brought it home just to realize that it didn’t look good as it did in the store?

That’s what this book is all about, making the most of your Christmas decorations. Learn how color, texture and shape helps make your Christmas decorations as stunning as they can be. Or worst case scenario; makes them disappear. Learn how simultaneous contrast make your golden ornaments look orange or how you can manipulate the perspective of a display to make it magical.

Let’s indulge in Christmas decorations. In this book, best-selling-author Catherine Lind shows you her decorating tips to help you transform your home for the holidays. “This book is not about taste in decorations or color,” says Catherine.

Sat
28
Nov
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Deck the hall is out!

Deck the Hall is out! The next installment in the Ultimate Christmas Handbook has arrived at Amazon Kindle store.

This book is more about decorations than food, even though it contains around 20 recipes. Deck the Hall is a guide to the perfect Christmas decorations and I will share my decorating techniques with you. We look at color, texture and shape as three tools to enhance your decorations and make them more visible. We look at how colors change, depending on their settings and how you can use texture to your advantage and make your Christmas tree look bigger than it actually is.

Perspective is another interesting thing. If you make landscapes or a Victorian village you can manipulate the perspective and bring your display to a more professional level. This book helps you in the way.

It was great fun to write this book and I hope you have fun reading it.

Fri
20
Nov
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Live tree vs artificial.

Should a Christmas tree be real or artificial? There are plenty of aspects on the issue. In or home it’s a very easy answer; it has to be artificial since we have allergy problems against real trees. A real Christmas tree and the holidays will be spent at the emergency room. So there is no contest between them.

If you don’t have any allergies the issue becomes more complex and there are a lot of scary information out there about the subject. The most common opinion on the internet seems to be that the artificial tree loses the battle because of its transportation from Asia and difficulties with the disposal of the tree.

It’s not that simple. A study from the international sustainability firm PE Americas found that the carbon footprint from an artificial tree used more than 10 years is much better than the footprint from live trees over the same period. Mostly it’s because the fossil fuel consumption for transporting the live tree.

Tue
29
Sep
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Sneak peak

Here is a little sneak peak from Deck the Hall, my new book that will arrive in November. We have lot of fun right now decorating and photographing Christmas trees.

Our house hosts 12 Christmas trees; we have sixteen rooms so it’s not too crowded. This is one of our smaller trees. It’s almost impossible to decorate that many trees every year so half of them are trees with a more permanent decoration. The balls are secured with wires and most of them are shatter proof. I store the trees upright with a cover around them.

If the tree has some delicate balls, I remove them and store them separately. This saves me a lot of time, it takes me approximately 10 minutes per tree to freshen them up, fluff all the branches and hang the extra balls. It would have taken me 2-3 hours to dress them from start, some trees even more.

Sat
29
Nov
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Christmas Magic

Let me show you my Christmas. Make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, sit down at my kitchen table and let me tell you why I love Christmas, how it has influenced me and what it means to me.

Christmas Magic includes more than two dozen of holiday recipes, all beautifully illustrated with large full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions. It will give you plenty of Christmas inspirations and joy. This is the kind of book I would like to read; I haven´t found one, so I decided to write it instead.

It’s a cookbook, but it’s more than a cookbook. This is a book about Christmas decorations and traditions, it is also a story book. It tells you about Christmas; it helps you discover different holiday traditions and wonderful stories about what Christmas is for me.

Sun
23
Nov
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It’s finally out!

Christmas Magic, the first book in a series called The Ultimate Christmas Handbook, is finally out. It’s for sale on Amazon for $4.99 and you can also find it in the Kindle lending library.

This is a book about Christmas traditions, how we form them and how they influence us. The book has over two dozen holiday recipes, all beautifully illustrated with large full-color photographs and step-by-step instructions.

There are also a series of short stories; some of them will tell you different things about Christmas, others are Christmas inspired stories about our Christmas traditions and how they evolved into what they are today. Hopefully you will enjoy reading Christmas Magic as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

Tue
11
Nov
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Let me show you my Christmas

I have always missed a certain kind of Christmas book, the type of book where you find a mix of stories, recipes and facts about Christmas. That’s why I decided to write The Ultimate Christmas Handbook series.

At least for me, recipes are closely connected to memories and that is the foundation that this book series sits on. The order of recipes are logical to me, they are not divided into food, cookies and candy. Instead I start with a story and add the recipes that are important to me because of that story.

I hope you will like them and enjoy them as much as I do.

Fri
10
Oct
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I'm baking and decorating

Today I spent the entire day baking Christmas cookies, one of my favorite things to do. It’s for the Christmas Magic cookbook.

Even if it’s recipes I used for many years, I wanted to make them one extra time, just to be sure that they work as they should. Then of course my husband needs to take pictures of them, there is nothing as dull as a cookbook without pictures. 

It’s so relaxing to just sit down at the kitchen table, bring out all the different sprinkles, chocolate and other cookie decorations and just go to town and decorate, decorate and decorate.

Tue
07
Oct
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Our dinner

Right know I’m working on a Christmas cook book, the first book in a new series called “The Ultimate Christmas Handbook.”

The first book is called Christmas Magic and is all about Christmas traditions and where they come from. This is just a small sneak peek at one of the pictures in the book.

This is what we ate for dinner tonight, a fried beef with cranberry jelly on a salad. Delicious if I may say so myself.

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