After retiring from her job five years ago, Christmas enthusiast Wenche Hvitstein Girlando set up Julehuset (‘the Christmas house’) in Sandefjord, Norway, where she aims to sell interesting and well-made Christmas decorations. “We sell great-quality gnomes, elves and dolls – anything from angels to demons,” explains Girlando. “We try to stock all the gnomes and elves that are currently on the market, as well as those that have gone out of production, which means that we sell both new and old decorations.” Julehuset, which has been running for five years now, is open for four months a year.

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