Christmas is a two days affair in our home. On Christmas Eve morning, we open our stockings. I think this is a tradition coming from my side of the family. We have a big breakfast, open stockings, and typically our families in Sweden give us a call to wish us Merry Christmas.
We had as always cooked and baked for days in our home leading up to Christmas Eve. This year, we were 22 people around the table. It's my favorite day of the year. We get to share our traditions of a Swedish Christmas table full of herring, salmon, boiled eggs, ham, meatballs, sausages, Johnson's Temptation (baked potatoes with anchovies), potato au gratin, different roasted vegetables, salads, bread and cheese followed by a variety of desserts. It's a feast, and you're supposed to eat seven servings of food. I don't think anyone was able to do the full seven servings, but everyone was satisfied. We also had the Swedish Christmas drink Glogg (mulled spice wine) and Schnapps to go with the Swedish drinking songs. Everyone had a merry good time, both young and old.
Dessert table. I forgot to take a picture of all the food this year...
It turned into a late Christmas Eve, so our Christmas Day morning started a little later this year. As always, we make a big brunch of the leftovers from the night before. We opened gifts, and had a really slow day. We watched movies and played board games. It was just what we all needed.
Opening gifts is tiring.
And Jacob got his Minion fart blaster he had asked Santa for:
The days after Christmas have continued with a slower pace. It has been good for all of us. Candles are lit through the house for the two families who lost their precious children on the 23rd of December. It has definitely put a sadness to this Christmas, and also gives us a reminder of what truly is important this time of the year.
With much love,