Happy New Year!
I took some time off writing to focus on our family. Hope you all enjoyed the holidays.
Growing up, on the last day of Christmas, we’d always go to the “Julgransplundring” – or Christmastree plunder – generally organised by our local church.
We’d dance around the tree, sing songs and eventually take the tree and all the decorations down, eat Christmas food, drink and be merry.
Any edible decoration found on the Christmas tree was game, and often there was loads hidden in the Christmas crackers.
(In Sweden we place our homemade crackers in between the tree branches. We normally fill them with sweets and small gifts.)
At home we’d also have a final Christmas feast; using up any frozen leftovers and some extra bits.
We’d smash the Gingerbread house and have that for dessert along with whatever mum had baked such as cinnamon buns and saffron buns.
What I love the most about the tradition is that it makes something that it’s rather tedious, like taking the tree and all the Christmas decorations down, fun and exciting for all the family. In fact, I’m pretty sure why we do this.
We somehow keep some of the Christmas magic going AND get help from the kids. Win win.
We had a lovely day yesterday. Maggie and I baked cinnamon buns and saffron buns and I prepared a Christmas feast comprising a chicken roast with all the trimmings as well as Jansson’s frestelse, beetroot salad, prinskorv and herring.
We have one more day off before school so we’re off down to the lakes for a quick stroll with our friends.
2019 is going to be a great year.