we would like to invite you no.4

Katrin Gamerschlag von lilla Lingon

Katrin studied communication design at the FH Krefeld and in 2003 she opened her own graphic design studio smakdesign. Since 2009 she runs with her partner Julia Hinz the online store lilla Lingon (small cranberry) a wonderful treasure trove of wild predators, brave knights, pirates and their dreamy princesses. Katrin lives with her husband and son Rasmus in Duisburg, on an old former farm…

… much joy on this little “Scandinavian Christmas trip. GOD JUL!

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+++ What is so special for you at the Advent and Christmas time?

For us is especially the time with the family in the foreground – spend many happy hours together, to choose loving little gifts for each other, fine cooking and of course baking…

+++ Do you have a Christmas tradition?

From my love for Sweden, it has become a tradition that we are celebrate in mid-December “Lucia” with Swedish food and songs, Lucia Cats (crumpet) and gingerbread. And a few days before Christmas, we make bird food in different forms which we will hang on Christmas morning in the garden.

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+++ Do you have a Christmas style?

The decor is a mix of family traditions and Swedish influences, lots of white and slightly red. We will have a Christmas box with four candles, decorated with pine branches, moss and small toadstools. There is a little Lucia and a Jule Roebuck. Red berries, Christmas roses and white hyacinths and old family photos that we have mounted on wood pendant and let us always remember our loved ones.

+++ What is your favorite memory as a child  about Christmas ?

We have always celebrated at my grandmother house – on the ground floor we have eaten, my great grandmother went upstairs and helped “the Christchild”… after ringing the little Christmas bell we are singing risen high up the stairs and then stood around the sparklers decorated Christmas tree. That was always the best moment!

+++ When you place on your Christmas tree and how it is (he) decorated?

We set the Christmas tree on the morning of Christmas Eve and then decorate it together – with white balls, straw stars and little gnomes, fabric trailers from Scandinavia, small red wooden figures and homemade paper stars, felt hearts… and above all real candles. Every year something new is added!

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+++ What do you do on Christmas Eve.?

We are preparing a special Christmas dinner (last year: Ente à l’orange and creme brulée), eat at a beautifully decorated table and after that Rasmus and I go into the nursery to open the window and call the Christchild – until then the little Christmas bell rings and as if by magic the candles burning around the Christmas tree and the presents are under the tree…

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Dear Katrin, thank you so much, that you shared your little magical Christmas world with us. Jeg ønsker dir en glædelig jul.