Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Parties - 20 December 2014 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

If you are going on a Christmas party in Sweden Im pretty sure you will end up at a "julbord".  That would be a buffet with the traditional Swedish Christmas food and drinks. Arriving at the restaurant, often an old inn or a castle, you will get some warm glögg with almonds and raisins to drink.

Trolleholm Castle
Then you will sit down at your table (and you are probably at this place with family, friends or work). You will drink beer, and as an non-alcoholic option you will have julmust (Coca-Cola is fighting hard to get Swedes to drink coke at Christmas and not the Swedish julmust). You will probably also have a snaps (or two).

First out is the pickled herring. There will be with onion, mustard and many other tastes. You will have hardboiled egg and different types of salmon with different sauces. There will be a special salad made of red beets, apple and mayonnaise. There will also be a warm dish, lika a gratin with anchovies, onion, potatoes and cream. That is the Jansson temptation. So, you walk around the buffet taking a small piece of everything. There will also be bread, wurtbread and hard bread. You eat the herring and drink your snaps.

Picked herring, egg, salmon with a mayo-shirmp-mix


Then its is time to walk the meat round (well, you might want to do another round of herring first, that is ok). Here you will find ham, different mustards, different sausages (cold) like liver sausage and other spicy sausages. You will also find different types of paté.

Meatballs, red beetsalad, sausage, both liver and other and ham.
After the meat round it is time for the warm dishes. This includes meatballs, small sausages (warm), ribs, red cabbage, green cabbage, brown cabbage. At some places they have pigfeets.

Next round is the rice pudding, there are different type, sometimes is a warm rice porridge and sometimes it is a cold dish called Ris ala Malta, which is cold, containing a lot of whipped cream.

If you have room, then you will have a almond clam cookie with whipped cream and strawberrry jam with your coffee. And with your coffee you also take a tour to the candy table and perhaps an avec as well.

That is pretty much the food we eat for Christmas, but often you visit a "julbord" a couple of times before Christmas Eve. This year I have been at two julbord events.





During December 2014 I will blog inspired by the blog prompts of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories at Genabloggers.com.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Gifts - 19 December 2014 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

Santa arrives about 6pm on Christmas Eve, when everyone is stuffed with Christmas food and all the dishes is done. After Santa has left it is time to open the gifts and everyone opens a gift at a time in order. Some years there might be a clue in rhyme about the gift, usually put together in the evening of the 23rd.






During December 2014 I will blog inspired by the blog prompts of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories at Genabloggers.com.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Baking - 18 December 2014 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

Every year I make a special bread for Christmas, called Vörtbröd. Some of the spices used is cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger. A beer is also used and rye flour. And raisins. Very tasty bread and if often eaten with a slice of ham and mustard for breakfast on Christmas day.

The picture below is from last year when I used an Russian Imperial Stout beer. I usually don't bake the bread until closer to Christmas Eve.






During December 2014 I will blog inspired by the blog prompts of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories at Genabloggers.com.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Stories - 17 December 2014 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

In December, before going on Christmas vacation during my first school years, we all had a candle at our schooldesks. Teacher turned off the light and we would all lit our candles. Then our teacher read from a book called Mary's Little Donkey by Gunhild Sehlin. We did this every year for a couple of years, starting from the beginning of the book every time. And I don't think we ever finished it.


I recall I thought it was a quite exciting story and it was quite nice with all the candles in the classroom. 


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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Tree decorations - 15 December 2014 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

I don't have a lot of variation of Christmas Tree decorations. I usually decide a color theme and use silver and blue or red decorations. Its only perhaps the last 10+ or so  years there has been other than the traditional ornament available to buy here in Sweden. I mean the ones that look like cupcakes, lipstick or a Ninja turtle. I like those old traditional the most, especially ones that looks like birds, made out of glass.

In the picture is a photo of a Christmas Tree from 1942 taken by my grandfather. In the top is a star and under it looks like it is the Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish and Icelandic flag. There are som ornaments looking like snowstorm and it looks like a Santa and a gingerbread cookie lady made out of yarn are hanging there as well. Sparkles, which I loved (and still do) and a couple of candles. And some glitter.

Christmas Tree in Sweden, 1942



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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Cookies - 14 December 2014 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories

There somewhere behind all the Santas is a ginger bread house. Ginger bread houses and ginger bread cookies is typical Christmas.










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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas at School - 13 December 2014 Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories



Christmas at school. Well, I guess in Sweden at most schools St Lucia is celebrated. Since it is Lucia today, December 13, it was celebrated in schools yesterday.

Me with the folded hands wearing my Luicacrown in 1977

When I was a kid there was a vote who would be Lucia. One year I and one of my best friends got exactly the same number of votes. We were both pretty short, I had long dark hair and she had short, quite blonde hair. Then our teacher said she always imagined Lucia as tall and blonde so she decided that another friend would be Lucia. I still remember how disappointed I was.

I read in the newspapers the other day now it is ok if a boy wants to be Lucia as well.

Anyhow, Lucia is a nice tradition. Also when I was a kid I and my friends would put on our Luciacrowns and white dress and go out and visit neighbors singing and reading Christmaspoems.

This Youtube video - Swedish Lucia for Dummies explains it quite well.



During December 2014 I will blog inspired by the blog prompts of Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories at Genabloggers.com.

The Advent Calendar of Christmas Memories (ACCM) allows you to share your family’s holiday history twenty-four different ways during December! Learn more at http://adventcalendar.geneabloggers.com.

I have also joined #blogg24, a blogchallenge to post a blogpost everyday started by Fredrik Pallin from December 1st until December 24.