ABOUT ME

La magia del Natale vive in me da sempre, da quando la mia casa sapeva di cannella , di pane fatto in casa, da quando l'albero di Natale si addobbava  degli stessi gingilli, gli stessi profumi di vecchie scatole e di muschio. Dopo un viaggio in Lapponia ho deciso di riproporre la magia di quei luoghi creando i primi paesaggi polari avvolti dal gelo e da quell'atmosfera fantastica che solo nelle foreste lapponi si puo' sentire; dove il ghiaccio ricopre i rami degli alberi e i pini riflettono mille luci naturali con i giochi di luce dell'aurora boreale. Ogni sera la mia casa diventa un laboratorio domestico, tra legno, balsa e colla creavo le mie prime casette; il piacere del dono e' grande perche' ogni amico riceve una strenna davvero mia.

Il laboratorio apre a fine settembre e chiude a fine novembre in preparazione del periodo dell'avvento dove la mia casa giorno dopo giorno si addobba di colori e luci.

Questo sito spero mi dia l'opportunita' di trasmettere la magia del Natale cosi' prezioso e difficile da trovare... nella speranza che come me in una notte di dicembre possiate scorgere una slitta passare... .

Un ringraziamento particolare a Gabriella per tutto cio' che mi ha insegnato, per il suo grande amore per la montagna e il legno. 

Francesca Duchelle

 

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Johnny Marks (c) 1949 You know Dasher and Dancer And Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid And Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall The most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer) Had a very shiny nose (like a light bulb) And if you ever saw it (saw it) You would even say it glows (like a flash light) All of the other reindeer (reindeer) Used to laugh and call him names (like Pinochio) They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph) Play in any reindeer games (like Monopoly) Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say (Ho Ho Ho) Rudolph with your nose so bright Won't you guide my sleigh tonight? Then all the reindeer loved him (loved him) And they shouted out with glee (yippee) "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer (reindeer) You'll go down in history!" (like Columbus)

The famous Christmas song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer started life as a poem created by an American advertising executive called Robert May. He was requested to produce a poem that could be given away to children by the Santa Claus employed by Department Stores at Christmas! Working as an Advertising Executive Robert May had a natural flair with words and was able to compose the Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer poem which was specifically designed to appeal to children. This marketing ploy was a massive success and approximately 2.5 million Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer poems were given away in the first year of its publication! In 1949 the singer Gene Autry recorded a musical version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer composed by Johnny Marks.

RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER CARTOON

Sam the Snowman narrates the tale of a young red-nosed reindeer who, after being teased and shunned by the other reindeer because of his beaming nose, teams up with Hermey, an elf who wants to be a dentist, and Yukon Cornelius, the prospector. They run into the Abominable Snowman and find a whole island of misfit toys. Rudolph vows to see if he can get Santa to help the toys, and he goes back to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. But Santa's sleigh is fogged in. Rudolph becomes a hero when he guides Santa through the storm and enables him to deliver Christmas presents to children all over the world.

 

HERMEY THE ELF
HERMEY THE ELF

CARAMEL APPLES

How to Make Caramel Apples

  • Take 5 small apples of your choice.
  • Wash them well with water.
  • Cut down the stem of each apple.
  • Dry them with a kitchen towel.
  • Insert a wooden stick on the top of each apple, preferably in place of the stem.
  • In case you are using caramel cubes, you will have to melt them first for usage. Take 15 cubes of caramel and put them in a small saucepan.
  • Put the saucepan over low heat.
  • Add 2-3 teaspoons of water to the caramel cubes. It will help them in melting.
  • Keep stirring the mixture so that it melts well and does not stick to the pan.
  • Put off the heat supply. Dip all the apples into this caramel one by one.
  • Make sure that all the apples are coated completely.
  • Place these apples on a greased wax paper.
  • Refrigerate it for about 3-4 hours.
  • The caramel apples are ready to serve.