The medieval historian and I are just back from our Christmas and New Year Travels. We went to see my mother, who gave me a bagful of tiny but gorgeous furnishing fabric samples. Then we went to see our lovely friends in Copenhagen and had the total joy and privilege of Christmas in Denmark. I will do a few posts about the trip from the point of view of design inspiration and so on, but I was amazed to see that all those magazine articles about Scandinavian Christmases are not that wide of the mark. Our hosts had decorated their apartment in a way that would not look out of place in the classiest interiors magazine.