Typically, Christmas decorations go down shortly into the new year — often with little to no fanfare. That is not the case in Swedish culture, though, as King Knut's Day (celebrated the 20th day after Christmas) is dedicated specifically to the post-holiday teardown, with some festive traditions of its own. Kansas' own "Little Sweden" will be taking part in said traditions this weekend, as they are incorporated into the first Makers Street Lindsborg Art Walk of 2020, going on from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10. Here are a few activities to look forward to:
1) Make something new
Combing two elements of the monthly art walk, visitors will be able to create their own art by making bookmarks at the Lindsborg Community Library's Makers Street stop. The library will have designs ready for color, along with blank bookmarks for individuals wanting to design their own.
2) Take a prize
One of the traditions of King Knut's Day is a Julgransplundring ("Christmas tree plundering") and the Small World Gallery will host its own version Jan. 10. Visitors will have the chance to take home a free gift from the gallery's own tree — either some candies packaged in a see-through bag or mysterious wrapped items, which can include discounts, books, handbags, small toys, frames and other merchandise.
3) Appreciate the art
Naturally, art will be a featured part of the community event. At the Courtyard Gallery, the work of Betty Houchen will be displayed, highlighting Kansas landscapes through watercolor. She will also be showing a small collection of etched and glazed terra cotta tiles, mainly portraying various plants (and the occasional kitty). If that's not enough, snickerdoodle and molasses cookies will be served by The Courtyard Bakery.
If you go
When: 5 to 8 p.m., Jan. 10.
How much: Free.