It’s been a couple of months since I last posted, but I have great excuses. The best one is that I’m retired and go at my own pace. I never did get around to posting that next recipe, but instead decided that learning how to operate this site was more important (must be the engineer in me). Learning WordPress and Foodie has been a journey and I still have lots to learn.
More importantly, we celebrated our first Christmas (Jul) here in Sweden. Christmas in Scandinavia is magical and a very social time of the year. We were so busy during the season. It all began on the first Sunday of Advent and the lighting of the first candle of the season. The evening progressed with the consumption of the first Glögg of the holiday season along with ginger snaps and if you’re lucky, Stilton cheese. This repeats for four Sundays until Christmas.
The next major celebration we enjoyed was the annual St. Lucia Ceremony which is celebrated on December 13th. St Lucy was a fiery old gal and must of been quite a sight to see in Ancient days. If you ever have a chance to watch the ceremony, it’s wondrous. And always, to honor old Lucy, one must consume St. Lucia saffron buns and drink a mug of Glögg (a spiced wine drink served warm).
There was Christmas Markets (Julmarknad) to attend and attend we did. We first went to our local Eslöv Julmarknad which was great fun for the kid in all of us. We then travel to a near by castle that was also having their annual Julmarknad which was full of handcrafted goodies. There were little garden trolls mucking about in the Christmas flowers laughing and reeking a bit of havoc. The Christmas Gnomes (tomtenisse) making merry. Santa (Tomten) and his Goat (Julbocken) were to be seen as well.
No Santa doesn’t have reindeers in Sweden. We eat them here. Obs, here comes PETA :).
And did I mention food, lot’s of food. Christmas specialties like Ginger cookies, waffles, potatoes on a stick and the list and my waistline go on and on. Oh, and hot dogs. I must do a whole post on the joy of the Scandinavian hot dog.
And then there was the markets in Copenhagen with all the above and much more. Did I mention drinking Glögg? You can have it with a shot of rum, or vodka for that extra warmth.
And I’ve only covered up to mid December. After this there was Little Christmas Eve Dinner Party at our place (December 23rd), Swedish Christmas (December 24th) and our American Christmas celebration and the Boxing Day curry. New Years, well that’s a post in itself.
Oh, I forget about Christmas present opening. Chloe is always very helpful.So my friends, I hope you can see why I haven’t posted that next recipe.