Today I'm participating in the Holiday Lane blog hop with the lovely Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt. Thanks to our super-organized cheerleader, Pauline
from Quilt´n Queen and Jill from Jillilly Studios for her wonderful pattern with the decorated houses for Christmas.
And as it is the right time now to start counting down for Christmas to decorate our house and home with some festive things why not start with a beautiful pillow.
I have made some Swedish touches to my pillow, more to look like a street with houses as they may appear in my country side if we are lucky to get some snow.
First of all I must tell you about our Scandinavian Yule Goat, the Christmas Goat which is one of our oldest and most popular of all Swedish Christmas images and the goat will of course appear on my pillow.
In older times , however, the Christmas Goat reputed to be much more adventurous and dangerous, and was associated with both fertility and dark powers.
He could emerge as the handing out Christmas presents,before even Santa appeared to give Christmas presents. The Goat could also be a mischievous participant in Christmas escapades , or as a supernatural being which shadowy approached estates in midwinter.
Parents could threaten with the Christmas goat, if the kids did not behave, he would come and gore them.
Here is a picture of my Christmas goat, he is handmade of wool and I have had him in my home for several years, a image of a real goat.
|My Christmas Goat in wool|
In folklore the Harvest-goat was a symbol of fertility. The goat was usually made from the last sheaf of straw from the past year with the desire for a good recovery following year.
And I have had my Christmas Goat made from straw in mind when I added a bigger version to my pillow.
|My Christmas Goat made of straw|
I must admit that I had to make some Swedish touches on my pillow besides the goat. In Advent, that is four weeks before Christmas Day, there will be lights in most of the windows, the Swedish Advent candlesticks and there will also be some electric stars lightning up the dark days and nights during December.
You will find the lights and the star in one of the windows on my pillow.
|Some lights and a star in one window|
And as the nights are dark there must be some stars to light up the neighborhood.
|My old fashioned Santa|
Here is the other wonderful lanes to visit todayApple Avenue Quilts
Celtic Thistle Stitches
Quilt Doodle Doodles
I Piece 2 Mary
Have a nice day and a for you in US a wonderful Thanksgiving
Britt-Inger in Malmö, Sweden