2013-12-01

Celebrating the holidays MY way! + GIVEAWAY



Happy first of Advent and welcome to my very first holiday challenge!


Over the coming weeks I will be posting about how we celebrate at our house,
and I'm looking forward to seeing how some of you guys celebrate too!
 When I began planning this challenge I started thinking back on the times
I have spent the holidays in other countries than Sweden.

I remember singing "Oh Tannenbaum" while the sun was beating down on a
summery Melbourne, I have opened presents in my pajamas in Southern Ireland on
Christmas Day, I have been holiday shopping on the cheerful streets of London,
and I owned a tiny plastic tree once - sitting in the corner next to the TV in my
apartment in Nashville, with typically American flashing multicolored lights :)

But this year I am celebrating at home, and as such I try to do something Jul
themed every day (although sometimes just eating ginger bread will have to do).






Yesterday I made a heart shaped wreath from fir and may/hawthorn berries.
I hung some red baubles in the center, but I forgot to take a picture before
I put it up, so a sideways glance of the finished product will have to do...






After work we warmed up by the fire with some dark ale, ginger cookies
and clementines - holiday necessities at a Swede's house.
Notice how dark those cookies are? That's neither food coloring nor chocolate
- that's the amount of spices we put into the cookies. They are spiceeyyy.






This afternoon we are visiting a Jul market or two, but since I wanted to
get this first post up and running on time, I am planning on sharing
some pictures from the Julmarknad with you next Sunday instead.






Earlier this week my mom gave me an early Jul gift - purple dinner plates!
My dad also came by with a bottle of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau.
So last night I made a little feast for two. You can spot the Adventsljusstake
and traditional Jul flowers (Poinsettia) in the window in the background.






Then this morning (well, more like noon...) we lit the first Advent candle
with breakfast and warmed up some store bought saffron buns.
(The picture below is from the manufacturer's site, since the small
pastries are always all mangled up when you open the bag...)






I love saffron in anything, and baking Lussekatter (saffron buns with raisins)
for Lucia (on the 13th) is a standing tradition in many Swedish homes.
I might be posting about all of that later on this month.






And now for this week's GIVEAWAY!
 It is 3 snowflake ornaments - one home made and two others!

All you have to do to join is be or become a follower, and leave a comment
on this post! The giveaway is international and open until Saturday the 7th.
I will announce a winner in next week's post. Make sure to pop by again
over the coming weeks, because I will be giving stuff away every Advent!






 This challenge runs on the four consecutive Sundays leading up to Jul.
 If you are playing today, please leave a comment to this post with a link back
to your post. Then visit the other partiers to see how they are celebrating!

A few people have asked me if they can contribute on only one or
a couple of the Sundays - and that's fine! Post on the Sundays you can,
but if possible please try to at least post on the final Advent on the 22nd.

And if you're late to the party but would still like to join for the coming Sundays,
you are more than welcome! Just tell me in a comment to this post, share the button
on your sidebar (if you have one) - and jump right in :) Leave a comment on my
post on the Sunday you are contributing, so that others can find your blog.









45 kommentarer:

  1. Oh how wonderful. I love how you celebrate... Beautiful wreath and lots of yummy things to eat. I love how you warm up by the fireplace. How nice a cozy. Your heart shaped wreath is beautiful.
    I would love to enter your giveaway. I am already a follower and those snowflakes would make a wonderful addition to my home.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you so much! You are entered in the giveaway, of course :)

      Radera
  2. Oh my goodness, now I want to eat all kinds of goodies way too early in the morning. Those heart-shaped cookies would go perfect with my coffee. Happy winter holidays!

    Here is the link to my party post: http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2013/12/cheese-and-walnut-cassava-balls-for.html

    P.S. Throw my name in for snowflakes ;-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yes, I think you would really like the cookies, and I can see you eating way too many before you realize they can be a killer on an empty stomach :)
      You are entered in the giveaway!

      Radera
  3. Well, my first post is not as glamorous or delicious, but ehre is the link:
    http://lovevisiting.blogspot.com/2013/12/winter-holiday-traditions.html

    I am impressed both with your travels and your traditions.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, but glamor is not required in this challenge :)

      Radera
  4. I celebrate with a Countdown to Kitschmas blog hop!

    www.thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

    What wonderful goodness you have posted.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Kitsch is a great Christmas style - I hope you will post on the coming Advents too!

      Radera
  5. Purple plates. Your mom is so cool! I love the pics of the wreath, the cookies, wine, candles, and cute buns. I'm so happy to hear all about Yul traditions. You're such a world traveler. Nashville? Ireland? Australia? Wow!

    The snowflakes are gorgeous, but I have to opt out because Egypt has dreadful mail. Good luck to the entrants! Now I'm going to visit the linked blogs. :-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yeah, my mom is pretty great :)

      I'm sorry you can't join the giveaway, but I hope to see how you celebrate over the coming weeks!

      Radera
  6. Nämen åh, mitt inlägg idag passar ju perfekt till ditt tema :D

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Ja, det gör det minsann!
      Häng gärna på under de kommande Adventerna också :)

      Radera
  7. Yay! You're drinking Celt Dark Ale! It's brewed here in Wales and is quite scrumptious too.

    Your ginger cookies and clementines look delicious, Christmas in our house wouldn't be the same without either of those and the bright leaves of the Poinsetta too of course.

    I love that your mother gifted you a set of purple plates. Gorgeous!

    Have a lovely lazy Sunday evening :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. That's funny! It's the first time I've ever seen that brand, and definitely the first time they had it at our supermarket. (There's a law in Sweden, where no stores are allowed to sell anything with a higher alcohol content than 3,5 - except government controlled "Systembolaget").
      It was super yummy, though almost more of a bitter than an ale, in my opinion.

      Radera
  8. Vilken fin hjärtformad krans. Jag ska göra en i lingonris när jag får tid och en stor krans till dörren i granris. Jag ska skriva mitt första inlägg i din challenge nu. En tutorial :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Jag funderar också på att göra en i granris till dörren (den hjärtformade var till fönstret i butiken), men lingonris har vi tyvärr inte här nere. I gengäld skulle jag kanske kunna göra något i lavendel, för med vår milda vinter står den fortfarande fin :)

      Radera
    2. Jag älskar doften av lavendel :)

      Radera
  9. What a fabulous post! It must have been a wonderful experience having lived in so many varied places. Your pictures are so warm and inviting. I love spicy cookies, ale and clementines. I'll bet they are amazing together. Hugs, Mina

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you!
      You should totally try the three together if you haven't already :)

      Radera
  10. How very cute is this. You definitely know how to make things cozy.

    SvaraRadera
  11. Today is the first Advent Sunday, so I will be lighting a candle. Next week I have to make my Christmas pudding, which is a very British thing; on Christmas Day we set fire to it and sing a song as it burns.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh wow - you are really doing it old school :) I would love to see pictures of that!

      Radera
    2. I promise you pictures of burning pudding, if I can get one!

      Radera
  12. I didn't realize you had travelled so extensively! And you've even experienced Christmas in my neck of the woods, Melbourne! I had to laugh at your description: "I remember singing "Oh Tannenbaum" while the sun was beating down on a summery Melbourne." You captured an Aussie Christmas perfectly! ;D

    I love your photos! So cozy and gorgeous with the jewel tones and candlelight.

    I've just put up my post but I think I was supposed to have waited until the 22nd for just a solitary post. Oops! I'll try and do another for the 22nd. :)

    http://littlegothichorrors.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/how-do-you-celebrate-blog-challenge.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! But all that traveling is far behind me, now I have shot deep roots into the Scanian soil - Swedish saying :)

      Don't worry about the 22nd if you can't make it! It's just a pointer for people joining. I thoroughly enjoyed your post for this Advent :)

      Radera
  13. Sorry I didn't get this posted earlier today.....we were working on our gratefulness tree and I lost track of time. I'll do better next week. Oma Linda
    here's my post for this week about our traditional foods: http://lindaomasoldebaggsnstuftshirts.blogspot.com/2013/12/1st-sunday-in-december.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Gratefulness tree? That sounds interesting, I'll head over to your blog right now :)

      Radera
  14. I had no idea you have lived in so many countries and spent the holiday season differently in each one! Am already enjoying your first advent post and look forward to the future ones!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Maybe you'll be joining us a Sunday in the coming weeks?

      Radera
  15. Alright, I made it! I know I'm a day too late, but I had an extrebusy weekend...Here's my post ': http://milkingtherollingcow.blogspot.hu/2013/12/advent-sunday.html

    Those cookies and buns look delicious, your pics made me want to make and have gingerbread so badly...! I wish I could bake in the sublet...:(

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Better late than never :)
      You don't have an oven in your apartment? That's too bad!

      Radera
    2. I do, but it's really old and slow, so everything just gets burned on the bottom and musy on the top regardless of where I put the tray.

      Radera
  16. I'm late, as always!

    THIS is my blog post.

    Off to visit some of the other blogs :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. No worries, I'm glad you're joining!

      Radera
  17. Those purple plates are GORGEOUS! Your food pics are always so beautiful. They make me hungry for colorful, beautiful food. Your wreath is just beautiful and I bet it smells divine. It's tough to get into winter holiday spirit for me. I loved Christmas time when I was a kid. The day after Thanksgiving my family would hike through the woods, find the perfect tree, cut it down and haul it back. We listened to carols, drank hot cocoa, and decorated the tree, then Daddy would tell us stories or play the guitar and sing for us.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you!
      Oh my, your Christmases past sound wonderful! And kinda like you guys lived in one of those Thomas Kinkade paintings ;)

      Radera
  18. Wow! So pretty! I LOVE the wreath you made! The purple plate is so pretty as well as your table settings. I never hear of saffron buns, though I've heard of St. Lucia and the festival.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! I might talk more about Lucia on the third of Advent :)

      Radera
  19. LOVE your new purple dinner plates! It's funny but as soon as the weather turns cool, I quit drinking ale. How does it taste with cookies and oranges? Is there a special one you drink at Jul? I didn't recognize the label ... unusual, I know. ;o)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I'm the exact opposite, it's when the weather turns cool that I switch from being a strict red wine drinker to include all sorts of ales and bitters in my repertoire :)

      This particular brand was new to me too. Yvonne from Winter Moon recognized the label though, and said it was made where she comes from - Wales. Otherwise my absolute favorite beers are the Scottish ones. I LOVE trappiste, but one has to be careful how many one consumes at a quick pace...

      Radera
  20. I miss for Christmas... :D 19 days left!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I look forward too, but I can't believe how fast Jul is approaching! :)

      Radera
  21. i m going to keep up with u now i wa on another blog and came to your i love the color of the ornament they would go good on top of the tree here in mo

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Hi Desiree and thank you!
      But I'm not sure if part of your message fell away..?

      Radera

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