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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Scandinavian Christmas

The countdown is on! For those celebrating Christmas, amazingly, it's only ten days away.

While you're planning, shopping, and working your way down that holiday To Do list, we thought one of you (Swedish, anyone?) would appreciate this book: Swedish Christmas Traditions, A Smorgasbord of Scandinavian Recipes, Crafts, and Other Holiday Delights. The author, Ernst Kirchsteiger, is a television personality in Sweden, and this is the first time her recipes, decorations, and holiday tips have been translated to English.

To enter to win, please tell us your favorite holiday tradition below, whether Scandinavian or not. And congrats to last week's Foodista cookbook winner, JESS!

Submissions accepted until Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, 8 a.m.

Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 in Permalink

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Dec 14, 2010 04:40 pm
 Posted by  flo5253

My sister and I Christmas tradition is to watch the Nutcraker!

Dec 14, 2010 04:59 pm
 Posted by  amycrea

Favorite holiday tradition--appetizers all day on Christmas Eve and new pajamas for everyone!

Dec 14, 2010 06:06 pm
 Posted by  Kestrel

My family has adopted a Swedish tradition passed along from our relatives in Sweden. At Christmas dinner, we serve a shot of Akvavit, along with a glass of Ale. The tradition is that everyone at the table has to make a toast, and after everyone's toast we take a sip of the Akvavit and then chase it with a sip of Ale. It is so much fun and the toasts get better and better as the night goes on:)

Cheers! And Merry Christmas!

Dec 14, 2010 07:53 pm
 Posted by  svenska

Ever since my great-great grandparents came here from Sweden, the tradition has been to have the traditional Lutefisk dinner on Christmas Eve. We also serve home made Swedish sausage and we use my great grandma's recipe. We say grace in Swedish and even sing a few traditional Swedish Christmas Carols. The table is set with Swedish linens and other decorations traditional to when my Grandma was a little girl. Lefsa, Spritz cookies, Gifta, Krumkaka and Rice Pudding are some of the desserts we look forward to eating.

Dec 14, 2010 08:53 pm
 Posted by  Sara M.

My fiance moved here from San Diego two years ago, which gave me as a native Minnesotan a chance to forge new traditions. On Christmas Day, we walk over to Mickey's Diner on West 7th for breakfast. There's usually a few people there, and between us and the staff, it's a merry, buttery, bacon-y festive holiday morning!

Dec 15, 2010 01:00 pm
 Posted by  amery23

Three-generation lefse making. My grandmother taught my mom when she was young, and they both taught me. So now every Christmas the three of us make huge batches of lefse for the whole family. It's definitely the first thing to go at dinner!

Dec 15, 2010 01:09 pm
 Posted by  Patrice

My favorite Swedish traditions include meatballs and lingonberries and potatoes and salmon and rice pudding on Christmas Eve and straw goats in every corner. Yet, the best tradition of all in my family is not Swedish in origin - my mother always reads How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas. The story was torn from a McCall's magazine before I was born back in the 50's and my mother read it to all five of her daughters, and eventually her grandchildren, at bedtime every Christmas Eve for decades. We've never been able to locate the author or anyone else who has heard of this short tale. The pages are yellow and torn, but the message remains vivid and the illustrations are gorgeous. How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas is one of our family's most precious possessions.

Dec 15, 2010 01:21 pm
 Posted by  Renownmktg

Baking Jule Kage (Swedish Christmas bread) and remembering what my great grandmother taught me about kneading and punching the dough. I've made six loaves already this year.

Dec 16, 2010 05:48 pm
 Posted by  kelldeen

Every Christmas Eve my grandmother stands at the stove stirring a huge pot of swedish meatballs wearing her bright blue "Hug a Swede" apron. I won't eat swedish meatballs at any other time of year - they're just not the same if they didn't come from grandma's kitchen.

Dec 20, 2010 09:41 am
 Posted by  KMF_OnlineEd

You win, KESTREL! Toasts are good. So are shots. And Ale. "Swedish Christmas Traditions" comin' your way.... Merry Christmas.

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