The team that brings you What’s On Your Bookshelf each month, Deb, Donna, Sue and Jo are hosting a special seasonal link-up – Festive Bon Bon. They have set of prompt questions that you can use if you wish to get you started on sharing what your holiday season looks like. A bit of fun to get into the festive spirit at the end of another not so easy year for many of us. So…let’s get started…
- Do you have one? Yes, of course!
- When does it go up? Close to Christmas….around the 20th. I don’t understand how people can put them up early. I guess when we lived in Europe we always had a real tree, and it is better to get one later rather than earlier.
- Who decorates it? Me with my husband’s help
- Is there a theme or is it mis-matched? Red, gold silver and lots of little people, angels and creatures. A real mix – a little French drummer boy I have had since I was 11 years old, a penguin made by my dad, a glass kiwi, little red apples, wooden decorations from Sri Lanka, items with memories from all over – and garlands of Swedish flags and Danish Christmas hearts. An eclectic mix.
Christmas Carols: yes, traditional, both Swedish and ones in English.
Christmas books and films: neither. The season doesn’t influence what I pick to read, though I do think of things to read on holiday. We have no tradition of watching Christmas films either.
Christmas cake: I love it, dear husband didn’t grow up with it and isn’t too keen. We have chocolate, we have strawberries, raspberries, blueberries for seasonal fruits.
Christmas traditions: a glass of sherry when putting up the tree, watching the Lucia morning from Sweden on 13th December, lighting candles on each Sunday in advent, stockings on Christmas morning. With a Polish father and English mother I grew up with a mix of traditions, and with a Swedish husband as well, our Christmas is a lovely mix.
What’s on the table: on Christmas Eve: different types of herring, potatoes, Janssons frestelse, ham, sausages, meatballs, bread, salad, cheese, cake, seasonal fruits, snaps and beer. We have a Swedish Christmas Eve and then…well, since we moved to New Zealand, we usually spend Christmas Day with friends with a barbecue. I’ll be posting this year’s feasts after Christmas.
Christmas memories: there are so many…that exciting moment on Christmas morning, waking up to find a stuffed stocking at the end of the bed, the Christmas tree covered in snow (cotton wool!) and completely decorated with the fairy on the top. Then there is the first time I saw snow at Christmas, in Paris, and how that city was so much brighter and cheerful than Edinburgh. There have also been Christmases in England, the US, Denmark and Sweden. There was that Christmas when the special duck recipe took forever to cook, the one when my step-son set the meatballs on fire, (forgetting he was using a domestic cooker), and of course the first time we had Christmas in the summer.
All I want for Christmas: a 2022 when we will be able to travel to see family and friends like so many of us.
The featured image at the top of the post is of the pōhutukawa also known as the New Zealand Christmas tree.
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