In Sweden, I think everyone grows up making these snowball lanterns.
Whether it’s for play or for a special occasion, I see these everywhere — dotting my neighborhood and then, again at mountain restaurants — and no one acts as though these are astonishing. Breathtaking, right?
As a ex-pat, daily unfolding Sweden, I can pinpoint the exact moment in time that I first saw a Swedish Snowball Lantern. In fact, I remember the room where I saw sitting and how I looked out the snowy mountain window of the ski chalet — where I was celebration my first Swedish Christmas — and to my surprise, my husband Aunt Elsie and Uncle Rune were outside lighting several of this magical, magnetic, lanterns. I can still feel the rush of emotion when I think back to that exact moment.
The feeling stays with me. However, as a busy mom with kids with boundless energy: I “commission” Snowball Lanterns from the kids. It’s a win-win, parents!
There’s a saying in Sweden that “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.”
This robust attitude is present in winter play and outside creativity, as well. I think Snowball Lanterns are a natural example of this. I like them for their duality: kids fun with beauty adults can enjoy, too! (And, honestly: these can — and are — made by all ages!)