Cultivating Knowledge in Mommy's Garden

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas Around the World Day 14: Denmark and Finland



Since Rachel was flying home for Christmas, we decided to take her out to breakfast.  And where else would we go during our trip than IHOP!  The girls shared a Danish International Passport breakfast.  Yummy crapes!

When we got up (which was too early for Mommy) we watched the “Happy Turkey Day” Wild Kratts show.  If you haven’t heard of Wild Kratts, you are really missing out.  It is one of the best kid shows currently on tv.  When I say on tv, I mean on local tv, we don’t have cable or dish, just plain old abc, cbs, nbc, fox, and pbs.  While I was in the shower, Selena drew this picture.

You can see the two turkeys, one flying.  The other one has the important parts drawn in detail, including the turkey beard, waddle, beak, tail fan, claws and the snood.  The girls think that snood is one of the funniest words they know.  The tree has acorns on it, Selena let me know that turkeys, as well as white tailed deer eat acorn.  Later that night, we took the girls to Cabela’s and low and behold, there were some stuffed turkeys there, and we were able to identify the parts on a real turkey!  And look who was stuffed next to them…

White tailed deer!

Morning table.

So, back to the main topic of the day.  We studied Denmark and Finland today.  Our ancestors come from both Denmark and Finland so that was interesting to talk about.  One interesting thing is that the spelling of our last name has an ‘en’ instead of an ‘on’ because of our Danish heritage.  In both Denmark and Finland there are mischief causing creatures.  In Denmark they are called Nisser or Julnisser and in Finland there are Tontut gnomes.  These creatures must be appeased with rice pudding or porridge. 

Work board

Chris on the international tree.

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