St. Lucia Day has come and gone, of course, but I have one last hurrah to share: some images from our trip to Lindsborg, KS, for their annual Lucia Fest. We visited shops, drank hot drinks and ate lunch at our favorite coffee shop, watched the folk dancers, and followed the procession to the beautiful white Lutheran church, where Lucia was crowned.
We like to get Mr. B coffee for Christmas, but this year, he requested that we buy some food, too. For Christmas, he wanted pickled herring, cheese, and bread. We found the grocery store in Lindsborg, and bought several yummy things: Swedish pancake mix, lingonberries, glogg, gingersnaps, even a Scandinavian Christmas soda!
This was our special Christmas book purchase. It was one I'd longed to read, but our library doesn't have it. I love tomte stories, and I enjoy Sven Nordqvist's "Findus and Pettson" books.
|The Tomtes' Christmas Porridge by Sven Nordqvist. Floris Books, 2011.|
This one is darling. Father Tomte is worried the human family on the farm will forget to leave out his Christmas porridge. Mother Tomte knows they will forget, so she and her children go to great lengths to make sure some porridge is left out!
And what is Swedish Christmas porridge? Hot rice cereal with cinnamon sugar! Mr. B must have a little Scandinavian something-or-other in his blood after all. Cooked rice with milk, butter, and sugar is one of his favorite things.
For more, you may want to see last year's Lucia Fest post. If you're on Pinterest, I have a few related pinboards: "It's Christmastime All Over the World" and "Nordic Dreams, Scandi Love." (I try so hard to be clever with my Pinterest board titles, but when I go to type them out, I realize how cheesy
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