Decorating Wildlife in Honor of St. Knut’s Day!

Time to Loot the Tree!

St. Knut’s Day happens mid-January, a time to let the kids loot the Christmas tree! Traditionally in Sweden, Christmas trees might have been decorated with edible decorations, including gingerbread ornaments, candy canes, crackers, and sweets. On St. Knut’s Day (the 13th day of January), kids were allowed to loot the tree and munch on all the edible (albeit stale) ornaments.

So some contemporary families, the holiday gives a cultural nudge to take down the Christmas tree, otherwise “O Tannenbaum” might be left standing through Valentine’s Day!

But then what do we do with our Christmas tree once we’ve taken down the ornaments? Years ago one of our readers shared her family tradition where they take their Christmas tree outside in their backyard and prop it up in the snow. They then decorate the tree with stale bread, popcorn, birdseed pine cones, and cranberries, thus creating a holiday tree for the birds and other wildlife… What a great idea!

Want to do the same?  Create a new tradition with your family that brings closure to the holiday season. Here are some posts to inspire your family to create edible ornaments for the wildlife in your backyard to help get you started: 

(Photo Credits: Candy Cane (cc) furryscaly;
Birdseed Ornaments (cc) Dallas)

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