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Christmas cheer 2016

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Santa babe

Scandinavian mantel decorations

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What a cute couple

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Slouched in slumber after Christmas dinner (btw, our cats love cuddling with these bears…it’s hilarious!)

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Our Christmas tree decorated with ornaments from all over the world

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Swedish horses skirting the tree

Christmas eats

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Undeniably, food is a big part of the Christmas holiday. This year, my family tried a new chicken recipe from The Kinfolk Table Cookbook, which is a marvelous book if you don’t know it. It’s actually one of the first recipes I’ve tried from this cookbook, but surely not the last, because, again, it’s a beautiful book filled with unique delicious-looking recipes. My mom and I also made our annual traditional trip to the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, which we look forward to all year. The hot chocolate, spiced wine, crepe booth from Paris, and authentic German Christmas ornaments really pull at our heartstrings. Fortunately, we stumbled upon a French booth run by Catholic nuns, who were selling French pastries and desserts. Not only were the nuns the sweetest, and very happy to speak French with my mom, their desserts were to die for. We bought an apple pie and a chocolate Buche de Noel, which were as yummy as they were beautifully-presented. This year, we also made our own egg nog for the first time, and I have to say I thought it was better than the store-bought egg nog!

Christmas 2015

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Not unlike others, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays – not because of all the presents, but because of the opportunity to decorate the house with cherished decorations – both ones that have been in the family for generations, as well as new ones picked up every year to add to the collection. Let’s not forget the scent of fir trees that permeates the house, from the actual tree and candles prominently placed in every room. These are just some of my favorite decorations from this year, because Christmas doesn’t have to be over quite yet!

Christmas decorations

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I was so sad that I wouldn’t be able to decorate the house for Christmas this year because of an illness that impaired my walking ability, but as it slowly got better I was finally able to decorate a few days just before Christmas. I love decorating for Christmas every year because it makes the house feel so warm, cozy and festive. This is a sampling of our Christmas decorations this year. DSC_3746 DSC_3776 DSC_3781 DSC_3801 DSC_3806

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Little ski girl

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Our new Swedish candlesticks

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Christmas meals

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I have a small family. I’m an only child and so are my parents. I only have one living grandparent. So our holidays don’t consist of large gatherings with aunts, uncles, cousins, anything-in-law, or grandparents. It’s just my parents and I. Our celebrations are small, but they are genuine and intimate. And we don’t have to make as much food! These are some pictures from our Christmas meals this year.

Christmas breakfast

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Christmas dinner

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Mushroom candles and penguins

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Traditional German angel chimes

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A Scandinavian Christmas

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These are some of our Scandinavian Christmas decorations, many of them bought when we lived in Rome at a beautiful Scandinavian store on Via della Scrofa called Bottega Danese. On our most recent trip to Rome this past April, we were sad to find out that it is no longer there and is being replaced by a Chinese tourist shop. In light of this, we remember our trips there with even more fondness.

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The two figurines with the tall hats are my favorite Swedish ornaments, purchased at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago, Illinois.

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