I would like to apologize in advance for the poor quality of the pictures
in this post. Not only is the iPad not co-operating in uploading
pictures, but every single picture also turns out faded and blurry
- and I haven't the means to fix them up before posting at the moment.
Last night we had my cousins over for dinner.
I had made lasagna and saffron cake, but like true Swedes we started off
with glögg and ginger cookies. We also had a lovely fire going
and we drank wine and chatted well into the early hours. It was great.
Every year I want a real tree, for the look and for the scent.
I want to sit close by it on cold December nights and feel nostalgic,
elated, depressed, content and stressed out (I'm a complicated woman).
This year I decided to go with a miniature tree, because we don't
have much space and because Cinnamon man is allergic.
Really small trees are almost impossible to find where we live,
but the father of the manager of the restaurant next door
doubles as a tree salesman during December, and he was
kind enough to hook us up with this little baby - for free!
Swedes are old-fashioned when it comes to Jul and normally
don't use colorful lights in our trees. We prefer the all white big ones
that look like candles. But my man is American and because we needed
smaller lights than usual, I made a concession - so now we have both :)
This year I skipped on the red decor in favor of white (and purple, as always).
I just felt eurghh when I pulled out the red lanterns, table cloths and tomtar.
This year I'm all about firs and stars - and a mix between rustic and glam.
Merry Everything to all of you!
How are you guys spending the holidays?