Getting ready for Christmas

1 December 2007 · 6 comments in Food,Life in General

Thanks for all the lovely comments about my cardigan. I’ve actually been wearing it around the house in the evenings even if it’s been way too hot for wool (and alpaca).

Today has been spent cleaning and baking and decorating. See, I love Christmas. It’s special to me in so many ways and I love all the preparations leading up to it. This year is the first year I’ve had my own apartment over the holidays so I’ve wanted to get a bit of holiday atmoshere going. Since I won’t actulally be here over Christmas itself, I thought I’d start early. I’m not a fan of tacky glitter and over-the-top decorations and I don’t have a Christmas tree, but I’ve been trying to do some (mostly) tasteful little things. Candles, an adventstjärna in the kitchen window, some beautiful gifted ornaments (I promise, they’re not the tacky kind) and a few homemade things. I knitted this tiny little sweater in an hour or so and I’m hoping to make more. The coat hanger is made from a paper clip! Please excuse the shoddy finishing.

Mini Sweater

Then, there’s the baking. Christmas, of course, means eating copious amounts of homemade goodies. Since I’ll be spending Christmas Eve (because us crazy Swedes celebrate Christmas on the eve, not the day), I’m trying to keep it simple. And I know if I baked everything I wanted, I’d eat it all and gain 10 kg before the actual day. I did want to do a couple of things for the weeks leading up to Christmas, however, and I thought today was a good day to start. Lussebullar because nothing says Första Advent more. I’ll be eating them tomorrow and lighting a candle in my makeshift adventstake.




I’m sorry if this means nothing to you, but they’re basically saffron buns. They’re actually not the tastiest Christmas treat at all, but they’re tradition, and being “stuck” in a foreign country I stick firmly to tradition. In fact, this time of year is when I miss Sweden the most. I love how the windows in every house are lit with adventstjärnor and adventstakar. I love getting together with all my aunts and cousins to make Christmas treats like knäck and ischoklad. I love that it gets dark in the middle of the afternoon (yes, I’ll admit that’s probably just the novelty value). Christmas just doesn’t feel right in the middle of summer.

Inspired by Ysolda, I’d also like to exchange Holiday cards with you all. Obviously, I’m a Christmas person, albeit in a very non-religious way. My cards will be on a general winter theme (to make up for the summer here!), however, and not associated with any particular religion. If you’d like a card, please leave me a comment or email me and I’ll contact you. I’d love to receive some cards to brighten up my apartment, but it’s absolutely not necessary.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

theLady December 2, 2007 at 10:17 pm

What a fun and great idea! I’ll send you a card! I love cards, I just got mine last night. I always wondered what it’d be like to have Christmas in Summer – odd, I’d think, for us Northern Hemisphere types. Happy Holidays!

Clare December 3, 2007 at 12:37 am

I wanna swap! I was going to e-mail you, but lost your address (okay, I didn’t actually look very hard – it just seemed easier to leave a comment).

Having always had a summery Christmas I’m totally attuned to it. While I don’t cope well with hot weather (pale, wilting flower of a girl that I am ;) ) I do start to get excited about Xmas when the weather starts to warm up and you can smell… um.. summer (dust) in the air. I can’t imagine not having a long summer break that coincides with Xmas, either. Two weeks off for Xmas – what is that?

jas December 3, 2007 at 2:10 am

oh a swap, what a lovely idea! i would love to send you a card

lanajoh December 3, 2007 at 5:45 pm

They may not be all that tasty, but they look absolutely beautiful! My father’s family is Swedish-Canadian and I really really want to make some…

Jessica December 5, 2007 at 5:22 am

I’d like to exchange Christmas cards! :D

Oh, you Swedes are not crazy. My family (parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins) celebrate it together on Christmas Eve and then we split up on Christmas Day amongst immediate family (parents and children).

rachel December 5, 2007 at 11:59 pm

Oh, I’d love to swap Christmas cards! My email address is la DOT klemme DOT nikita AT gmail DOT com!

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