and so it is christmas ——

The Big Day is nearly upon us – just 2 more sleeps here in the UK, and just 1 more across the water in my home country, Denmark, in the rest of Scandinavia and much of Europe.
My family here in Scotland is an international bunch, meaning we mix food and traditions from Scotland, Denmark, Norway, England and Latvia, depending on who’s all spending Christmas together! My little family usually open our presents from my family and Skype with them on Christmas Eve, and then we have the traditional Christmas dinner with the extended family on Christmas Day – although we tend to do it later in the day; it is just more ‘hyggeligt’ if it’s dark outside!

Christmas and New Year for me is always a reflective time, and a time to look back at the year that’s gone, as well as look forward to what’s ahead.

Eighty7 Design + Living is coming up for its 3rd birthday in March, and this year has again seen some great support from the local community, as well as the addition of the web-shop here at Considering that it’s been a difficult year in generel for Aberdeen as a city, with the huge dip in oil prices causing redundancies en masse which has a knock-on effect on many other local industries, we consider ourselves lucky at Eighty7 to have such loyal customers, who are keen to support our wee independent shop in tough times.
The Christmas run-up is usually out busiest time, and this year has been no exception – so many of you love Naasgransgarden and their fabulous nisser/tomte, and we have so enjoyed being here to help you with your Christmas shopping and finding just the right decoration to add to the collection.

I’m looking forward to a new year with new challenges; we have many ideas and plans for Eighty7, which we can hopefully make reality very shortly. Ralph and I start off the year with a trip to Copenhagen and possibly London to meet new and existing suppliers, taking into consideration the direction we want to follow for Eighty7 in future. Watch this space!

For right now, it’s time to get ready for the holidays – we are open today (23rd Dec) until 5.30, and tomorrow (Xmas Eve) from 11am-2pm. After that we will officially be on holiday to enjoy some family time over the festive period, and we will be back in store on Wednesday 6th January. The web-shop is of course open throughout, with parcels going out as and when the Post Office allows.

Thank you for a great year, and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2016 – we can’t wait to see you again then!
Helena xx