Christmas, Swedish style

The world looked lovely this afternoon as we set off on our constitutional. Although there was no snow, the frost covered everything and the temperature never rose much above -2. Wrapped up, we set off, along with lots of our neighbours.

Camilla and Anders gave us a big box of sweet snacks and a bottle of something that looks interesting. A very kind and unexpected Christmas gift.

Camilla said they had had a very lazy morning and were just heading out to feed the ducks down by the canal. It had not been a lazy morning at our place.

For a start, Mirinda and the girls went for a three hour walk in the forest while I prepped for our very own julbord.

In Sweden, like many Scandinavian and European countries, the family Christmas meal is celebrated on Christmas Eve. So, when in Rome…

My julbord consisted of: Swedish meatballs on mashed potatoes, Jansson’s Temptation, beetroot salad, sliced ham, eggs and salmon, sauerkraut with apple and onion, chocolate covered nuts, two types of herring, Christmas crisp bread and some rather odd tiny marzipan Santas. The latter because I couldn’t find any marzipan pigs.

And, of course, there was lingonberry jam to have with the meatballs.

I had also planned dessert, but we were so stuffed after eating most of the above (and a box of salted caramel truffles from Fiona) that we decided to wait until tomorrow.

All up, it was a lovely day though Mirinda might be a bit sore in the morning.

And here’s a photo taken on our Duck Walk. This is my favourite house.

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