The Unexpected Second Round of Decorating the Christmas Tree

Last week I was a very lucky girl. Especially on Friday. Because on Friday I got mail from Austria. Old-fashioned mail, a letter and so. Handwritten even! It was an amazing greeting card from a very, very dear friend that I’ve known for all my life. And there even was a little Christmas something in the letter that led to the (as the title of this post already gives away) unexpected second round of decorating the Christmas tree – a beautiful, little guardian angel that fits our tree perfectly.  Continue reading

Getting out of Town

Today I’m off and out of town for something really special and amazing – having a typical Svensk Julbord in the Göteborg Archipelago, staying over night in a cosy hotel and enjoying this great experience 🙂 So, I’m back to glögg, pepparkakor, food, food and more food, leaving you with a wintery archipelago impression…

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A Light in the Dark

December is definitely the darkest month of the year – short days, long nights and quite a lot of grey clouds (at least in here). But then there is all this beautiful Christmas things going on. And those make December to one of the most amazing months 🙂

In Sweden, one of the most important and most beautiful Christmas traditions is celebrating Lucia. It is celebrated on December 13th and there are Lucia processions all over town, in schools and kindergardens, in companies and hospitals. Lucia and her companions wear white, long dresses and carry candles with them – Lucia wears them in a crown on her head, the others usually simply hold them. They sing traditional Christmas songs and of course the songs about Lucia herself. And these song gives me a special, warm feeling and makes my heart melt every time I hear them. They describe how Lucia with her lights brings warmth and hope into the dark, how she lightens up everything, even through the darkest hour.

I spent my Lucia day out at dinner with friends and then we went to a Lucia concert together (unfortunately without my camera, so please excuse the not so amazing quality of the phone camera pictures). It was really heartwarming and afterwards I felt like the world around me is much lighter and friendlier 🙂

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On the way home I got something that one should not miss to have on Lucia day: Lussekatter 🙂 It is really soft, fluffy buns made with saffron and two raisins on top that are only eaten during December and especially on Lucia day… the perfect ending for this special day!

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