The Year Without a Santa Claus

“The Year Without a Santa Claus” is a 1974 American stop motion “puppet” film produced by the legendary duo Rankin & Bass. The film is based on the children’s book by the same name written by Phyllis McGinley and illustrated by Kurt Werth.

This film has that old-time American charm which I just love! It is made in a time when filmmaking was not only about people pleasing and money making, but rather about creativity, art and a desire to bring something of real value to the world. I love the artistry in these old stop motion movies, like how beautifully the puppets are made, how the colors are true to the 1950s fashion ( The book was published in 1956) and the whimsical design of the Christmas tree decorations.

The story is not super impressive, but that is not the point of this movie. The charm lies in the yesteryear’s Christmas atmosphere, the sweet songs we all know and love, and in the creativity of the homemade sceneries where you can actually recognize the different materials used to transform little trinkets into movie magic.

I, as many of you know, love everything vintage, and this movie is no exception. My favorite part of the film is towards the end when Santa Claus arrives in the little town with his sleigh and presents to the tunes of “Santa Claus is coming to town”. It can’t get more Christmassy than that! ❤️🤶🏻🎅🏼❤️.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Magazines

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Christmas Magazines is a tradition we have had in Norway since the 1800s. Just right about this time of year, end of November/beginning of December, the shops and kiosks are filled with beautiful traditional Christmas Magazines!
Some of these magazines are just Christmas editions of already existing magazines, but many of them are exclusively made for Christmas only!

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The Christmas Magazines can be just comics, or elaborate paperbacks filled with short stories, recipes, pictures and fun activities! You might think these magazines are mostly for kids, but no, they are for everyone, and I even think adults are the main target group!

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My grandmother just has to have these magazines every year in order to get into the Christmas spirit! And my mother has always put Christmas magazines in mine and my brother’s stocking every year (along with an orange and a chocolate!)

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Some of these magazines date back to the 1890s, and they are still in print today!

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I just adore the vintage look of many of the magazines, and a lot of people agree with me, because now they have become collectives!

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I love the more traditional ones with short stories and old-fashioned pictures in them, and I always ask my mother to buy some for me. It is a beautiful tradition which makes me feel all Christmassy and cheerful!

Do you have Christmas magazines where you live?

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Advent Calendars

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Did you have an Advent Calendar growing up? Maybe you still have one! 😊
I love Advent Calendars! I had even more than one growing up, and I still make sure I open those same magical picture-doors every day throughout December.

Since Advent is just around the corner, I thought I’d do this little post about Advent Calendars.

My favorite Advent Calendar must be my “Nutcracker Calendar”. The Calendar has 24 little books telling the tale of the famous Nutcracker Prince. But I also love the Calendars with little pictures inside, the best thing about them is that you can use them again every year!

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If you ask my mother, who grew up in the 60s and early 70s, what her favorite Advent Calendar was, she will tell you it was the Calendar with little colorful plastic animals inside! Sadly these Calendars are not available anymore, but I would have loved to see one!

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In Norway, the most popular Calendars are the ones with chocolate or candy inside. But we also have TV Calendars accompanying an Advent TV show spread out over 24 episodes. The Advent TV Shows are often Christmas mysteries or Fairy Tales.

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My grandmother always have the Lottery Advent Calendar. These are Calendars sold by different organizations in order to make money for their cause. Each door of the Calendar will hold a code, and a winning code is announced every day. The prizes can be food items or even trips!

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My brother has always been a huge Walt Disney fan ( his favorites are the Carl Barks and Don Rosa Donald Duck comic books), so his Advent Calendars were the Disney ones.

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Of course there are more simple Advent Calendars as well. The favorite one in Norway is an orange with 24 whole cloves pierced into it. You pull out one Clove for each day. These Calendars smell heavenly, and my granny still hangs them in her windows first December, with a red silk bow tied around them.

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There are even books written as an Advent Calendar! The most well known in Norway is Jostein Gaarder’s “The Christmas Mystery” ( Which is also available in English). It’s a beautiful philosophical story for kids and adults alike.

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No matter what Christmas Calendar you choose, I think it’s always so lovely to have one, it makes each day a little magical!

And if you can’t find Advent Calendars where you live, you can always make one!
I have done that myself many many times 😊.

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Happy Advent to you, your family and friends with lots of love from “Tales from the Fairies”.

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❤️🕯❤️🕯❤️🕯❤️🕯