Yes, it seems as if we are always learning something new about mushrooms. For example, today we stumbled across the fact that the Fly Amanita (Amanita muscaria) is a good luck symbol associated with Christmas and New Year’s in many parts of Europe.
Our first acquaintance with Amanita muscaria as a holiday ornament was last Christmas when we purchased a crocheted ornament at the Trondenes Historical Center in Harstad, Norway, where the gift shop was proudly displaying a basket of them.
Stuffed with a light fiber filling, our specimen measures about 4 inches in height and about 3 ½ inches at the widest part of the cap. The stem and underside of the mushroom are snowy white while the cap is a brilliant red and dotted with white pearls which have been sewn onto the crocheted top. As you can see from the photograph, there is a 4 inch, black and white braided loop anchored in the center of the red cap so that it can easily be displayed during this festive time of year.