This night was my first night since Monday that I’ve slept in my own bed, and god, it felt so good! I love christmas but after driving from family to family, activity to activity and when I finally landed at home after the traditional boxing-day ice hockey (and we won, that felt even better) I have to admit I felt a bit drained.
But this Christmas have been an amazing one – loads of incredible food, meeting both of our families, being spoiled with such amazing gifts and just being merry.
Christmas eve is called “dunking day” in Sweden, a tradition that comes from dunking stale bread in the cooking liquid from the christmas ham. And more food at the christmas table; eggs, salmon paté and gravlax.
“The cold plate” with eggs, salmon and off course some snaps. Its tradition that you sing a song (a snapsvisa) before you drink, the most famous one should be “Helan går” (freely translated to “bottoms up”). And snow! Finally we have some (a lot) of snow again, it makes me feel like a child!
My dad wanted me to show you his very traditional “warm plate” with bread, prins-sausages, ribs, swedish meatballs, Chritmas ham with mustard and a special cooked “christmas-sausage” that taste like bay leaves.
How do you celebrate christmas where you live? Are there any traditions that are similar to mine?