Hearts are at the very centre of Christmas decorations here in Denmark. The lights strung along Strøget and other shopping streets have large illuminated hearts as their centre piece. These pleated Christmas are about as traditional as you can get when it comes to Danish christmas decorations. HC Andersen made the oldest known hearts in 1860 and they are still going strong today.
Many families get together on the first Sunday of Advent to make these heart together as a celebration of the coming month. I remember last year glancing out of my kitchen window the see the artists who lived across the street gathered around the table, candles burning, with their children and grandchildren making the hearts together. What a lovely scene and to me sums up what the Christmas season should be all about.
I have made a little video showing how easy it is to make these hearts. Here in Denmark it is easy to get recut templates to make them but you can download the template here and use with your own papers.