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2 Things I Really Didn't Need Today:
  • Waking up with a headcold and sorethroat AGAIN, which effectively put the kibosh on singing in the 3 concerts scheduled for this afternoon.
  • Opening the boxes of Christmas decorations which Anders kindly carried down from the attic only to find they were full guessed it...mouse turds and chewed styrofoam and paper.
sigh The mice ate several decorations that were styrofoam-ball based, and one which was made of salt dough (for which I bear no grudge), and EVERY PIECE of dried, green-painted macaroni that Martin had painstakingly glued to a cardboard Christmas tree backing when he was 4 years old. It was a work of ART. They ate a piece of my baby's childhood! Bastards.

The holiday house decorations are unpacked and halfway done, while the tree ornaments remain in their boxes for at least another week. Anders put up all the advent candelabra and the gold metallic star lamps that hang in the kitchen windows. It's very festive! I think this is the earliest we have ever had the decorations up for Christmas, actually...although we usually manage to get the advent lights up by first advent since one feels like such a slacker in the advent-light-lit neighborhood if one doesn't. Everyone in Sweden has their triangular candelabra lighting up each window of their domicile: Christmas is really coming! EEK

I had the first julbord of the season on Friday for lunch at work. Tomorrow is another julbord lunch with one of our vendors and on Tuesday the Christmas table will be laid for dinner with the AWC in downtown Malmö. By the time the holidays are actually over, I'll probably have eaten the traditional Christmas buffet a dozen times. ...and will be SO SICK of it. I don't think it would be so overwhelming if it was really only this time of year that one ate the traditional Swedish Christmas buffet, but in actuality, the food that is served at the Christmas table in Sweden is basically the SAME food that is served, bar some small changes and a different dessert, at every high holiday throughout the year:

various kinds of pickled herring
cold cuts
salmon (variously gravlax, cold-smoked, warm-smoked, paté)
boiled potatoes
red and/or brown cabbage
janssons temptation (a kind of potato casserole with cream and anchovies)
small fried sausages

For Easter: add ham and hard-boiled eggs
For Midsummer: add strawberries and cream
For Christmas: add ham and rice pudding and gingersnaps

Thank goodness there are crayfish parties in August and Mårtens Gås in November to break things up. But for now, with only one julbord under my belt I'm looking forward to them and to the rest of the holiday mania. 'Tis the season to be jolly! (except about mice in the attic)
mood: productive
music: The Daddies—Brown Derby Jump


Poo on headcolds and sore throats. And poo poo on mice who poo poo on Christmas things.

Now I'm not just upset, I'm PISSED. They ate the gold braid and red beaded garlands that I hang from the bookshelves. ARGH!!


Oh but I connect a lot more different meals on the different holidays - and to me julbord is only about Christmas! I don't know all the English names so I write them in Swedish. (You have listed some of them...)

Christmas (definitely julbord. The other things you refer to make a smörgåsbord - a traditional buffé for various occasions - not only holidays):

Julskinka med apotekets senap (yum! Try it if you haven't!)
Lutfisk (Yuck, but traditional.)
prinskorv (the small fried sausages I suppose. :) To me they are christmas and nothing else.)

To me Easter is all about eggs. And perhaps salmon.

Sill med olika goda inläggningar - vanlig inlagd, senapssill, vitlökssill, tomatsill... etc etc.

Till sillen färskpotatis, gräslök och gräddfil. (ah the taste of summer!! :) )

Salmon is also midsummer food
and as you say strawberries and cream (and jordgubbstårta!)

I guess it all depends on both local traditions and also traditions within families. :)


What! You're too busy for a head cold. Must need rest. Take good care of yourself. And chase those mousies away.

But pickled herring deserves to be eaten at every holiday...yum!

Sad about the macraroni christmas tree.

Eek! I dread to see the state of our Christmas decorations box. It must live in the basement, because of its size, and our basement is prone to water and mold. It sits on top of a table to prevent direct water damage but I think the mold can penetrate right through the cardboard. There could be mice as well but I haven't heard or seen evidence of any critters so far this year. *knock, knock*

I haven't put up my ljusstakar yet, neither the electric ones or the ones with candles (I believe I own at least one fitted with candles). At one point I planned to do it extremely early, but couldn't be bothered, so now I'm considering to do it extremely late, perhaps on the 23rd if at all.

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