Hello everyone! Welcome back to our Weekly Wrap up during what is my busiest week of the year! Growing up with a Swedish mother, Christmas time was a huge celebration of light, family and baked goods. I’ve tried to follow in my mother’s footsteps by making the same treats she did, including a moist pumpkin cake, gingerbread snaps, and Swedish drömmar (butter cookies) aka dreams. With my apron on late at night, late-night on-line ordering, wrapping and decorating the home, and all the usual craziness of homework, play rehearsals and sports practices, I’m one tired mama. But it’s so worth it to have a cozy home filled with the warmth of the holidays that my energy and spirits are running high.
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Marc and I began for our family’s Swedish Christmas by preparing for our annual glögg and Smörgåsbord party last week. Marc has become an expert with the glögg, a warm mulled wine rich with almonds, raisins, spices and flamed brandy. The flaming of the brandy has become an annual tradition that the kids love to watch.Here’s our living room decorated for the dinner. I rented tables, napkins and cutlery and stuffed 46 people in there. One guest called it a “jet blue flight.” Ha ha. Fortunately, everyone fit.In the middle of my tables, I put garlands and the wooden ornaments I’ve collected since getting married, all of which remind me of the Christmases of my youth.With the glögg consumed, along with three large pans of potatoes au gratin and 250 meatballs, our family resurfaced to dress up for the annual Swedish Santa Lucia concert. The girls love wearing their dresses and crowns.Couples shot with a photo bomb from Hedley!The awesome choir.Here you see the back of Lucia in the final procession. Santa Lucia Day, also called the Feast of Saint Lucy, has been celebrated in Sweden and elsewhere in Scandinavia for centuries. Traditionally, a girl in the family dresses up in the white dress you see here with a red sash and a wreath adorned with real candles atop her head. She brings buns and cocoa to the other members of the family. In a country where winter means only several hours of daylight, Santa Lucia day brings light and cheer.Wishing all of you a happy Santa Lucia day and good cheer, warmth and love whatever you are celebrating.
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