Sunday, July 1, 2018

Christmas Tree for the Birds

Julenek
6 x 6 inches Oil on Museum Gessobord, unframed, $100 includes free shipping in USA.
My mother always asked her father-in-law to save a pretty sheaf of grain for her to tie in a tree for the birds at Christmas. This is called a Julenek in Norway. This was tied in a fruit tree that we could see from the kitchen window and watch the birds come for it. There were usually pine cones with suet stuffed in between the scales as well. They were tied with a red ribbon if we had it, or just a red strip of fabric. Sometimes the tie was just a piece of baling twine. Making do, was what we did back then. Sharing what we had in deep winter was also what we did, like everyone in the rural community.

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