I am breaking the blog silence to wish you all a Happy Christmas, and to show you some old Christmas decorations displayed in a local gallery this month.
Gallery Frøya in Kalvåg issued an invitation for the locals to show some of the old Christmas decorations that they might have in their possession.
People responded by bringing some very old, and some not so very old, decorations.
I remember us having chains of baubles just like the ones here when I grew up.
When I visited the exhibition on the last day, some had already come to fetch their small treasures. I managed to snap a photo of this box before it left. Christmas decorations do not come in such simple cardboard boxes with stapled corners any more, – it is either flimsy plastic, or more elaborate boxes for the more expensive decorations.
Paper hearts similar to these are traditional, but not all are quite as fancy as the ones here.
The oldest pieces in the exhibition were some chains of baubles like the one above. A young couple bought them right after their wedding in 1912, so they are 100 years old.
This one also looks old, but not as old as to have lost its shine. It can still reflect both the camera, and some of the decorations around it.
The one above has adorned the Christmas tree in the local church for many, many years.
I have always loved the baubles with one dented side with many, many colours in it. This one seems to have lost some of its colour, but is still beautiful.
People have manages to save quite a lot of old baubles, even though they are so very easy to break.
Pine cones in every colour is also a favourite….
… and I loved this mushroom.
This wooden sugar cane was also very cute.
Birds are also favourites. This one has lost its feather tail.
There were two of these in the exhibition. It seems to be made of paper mache with glued on cardboard wings and tail.
The wooden one here was a charmer.
Of course there were also angels, both on the tree…
… and as candle holders.
There were also examples of Madonna figurines….
… and a Madonna and Child made of wooden shavings to hang on the tree.
Of course, when it is Christmas, you cannot escape the “nisse”:
The small one here is always allowed to ride on the straw goat when it is out for Christmas.
I loved this one with its hair and beard made of unravelled rope.
This one showed very little wear, although it is quite old.
The person who made it paid a lot of attention to decorative details. This was before the time that ready made toothpicks were sold in the shops, so it was told that he painted with sharpened matches.
Merry Christmas to everyone.