The Christmas ornaments and decorations that you unpack each year are not just meaningless trinkets - they are treasured keepsakes that have attached to them the memories and nostalgia of Christmases past.
When you add to your trove, you want it to be quality, something unique, and not a mass produced copy. One collection that will inspire you this year is the one from Denmark - the "Karen Blixen's jul" collection.
You are surely familiar with the author Karen Blixen, (pen name Isak Dinesen) of "Out of Africa" fame. She wrote this beautiful book after she had returned to Denmark from her farm in Kenya, the one located at the foot of the Ngong Hills.
And she wrote it from Rungstedlund, her ancestral home near Copenhagen, Denmark. The 2010 collection of Christmas gifts is dedicated to Rungstedlund, part of the proceeds will support new exhibits. Rungstedlund is now a museum honoring the memory of Karen Blixen, Denmark's storyteller par excellence.
No one since her fellow Dane, Hans Christian Andersen, has displayed such a rich and formidable talent for storytelling. And Karen Blixen had the ability to write in English, not her native tongue.
Her extensive education and her experiences in Kenya, where English was the official language, developed in her the command and eloquence in English. It is evident in her many books, foremost among them "Out of Africa".
It is this webmaster's opinion that Denys Finch Hatton, the English aristocrat that befriended her in Africa, was one of the reasons she acquired her command of English, not just basic English, but eloquent English. "Out of Africa" is beautifully written, it is one of the most quoted books when literature and the magic of Africa is discussed.
It is no wonder then that fellow Danes have decided to honor her memory by this unique Christmas Collection, Christmas Gift Designs, in Danish "Karen Blixen's Jul". ("Jul" in Danish means Christmas).