It has been dark for hours…. The house smells delicious, of all sorts of food cooking on the stove, several casseroles, fresh salad, moose steak stew, reindeer meat, and rye bread and potatoes….. Out side, the darkness is -10 Fahrenheit. The snow is deep, and the darkness has swallowed up the world beyond the inside of the house and the delicious smell of cooking food on the stove.
The house smells like gift granola baking away in the oven. Perhaps one day I will share my recipe with everyone. It smells great. The husband is out doing final food shopping for the holiday and the dogs sleep peacefully beside me. And I find myself thinking there is just one more thing I want to share with everyone today, my early presents. One of which is a set of Mikasa french country dishes service for 8 plus serving tray and bowl and a coffee set. The other from my husband an eight piece set of Mauviel pots from the M’cook series. Now, pardon me a moment the granola must be mixed.
My mum, Dyan from Dharmacrafts, thought it would be fabulous to share how she is saving some money this year! She has many great vases and even several nice trays acquired over the years. So rather than spending a fortune on Christmas wreaths and different greenery, she dressed up some of these lovely pieces she already had in her home with bits and pieces of inexpensive Christmas greenery.
I can smell Christmas in the air tonight here at my house in Arlington MA. The scent lingers here even though there isn’t a flake of snow to be found for miles. It is a nice spicy scent that invades my home putting me in mind of Christmas. My husband is making one of the most delicious Christmas traditions of Scandinavia, where he comes from.
As anyone who reads this blog knows I love to create things and chronicle them. From food to crafts to travel to homemaking I tend to do it all…. I love art and I love crafts and I adore cultural traditional arts and crafts and I really enjoy writing about my experiences with them in addition to writing about my own goings on. Some years ago, a friend of mine, Gunn, in Norway, sent me the most beautiful little nutcracker. Soon as I saw it I was in love. It has an adorable little red cap and of course a long beard. It is carved from a piece of wood. Completely beautiful. The detail is exquisite. He is just divine. My friend, who also flew from Norway, to Boston for my wedding some years back, told me that it was made by hand by her grandfather who had been a goat farmer in the Norwegian countryside.
This is a really special post, because it comes directly from Sweden. I have a couple of very good old Swedish friends. One of them, Anneli Prestfeldt, in Karlstad, did me a royal favor. She sent me some photos and her bread recipe for St. Lucia Day Buns, that I have been dreaming of trying since I was a little girl. In Sweden, the 13th of December is a holiday. St. Lucia day. It involves a little blond girl in a white dress wearing a wreath with candles in it on her head, delivering bread rolls called Lussekatter early in the morning. It is a rather distinct holiday to Sweden, a place I spent a little time some years back. I was not fortunate enough to be there for this holiday though.
Christmas magic is in the little chilly breezes that blow past us lately… Most have already started on Christmas blogging, but not me because well, I am not really generally one for borrowing photos and re-blogging the blogs of others…. I tend to be more original than that. It also doesn’t hep that my photographer is out of the country in Europe till the 16th which puts a damper on the original things I wish to do here. So I am trying to come up with text blogs I can make to help everyone have a really magical season, from this date on till the 16th. Stay posted all kinds of fun is gonna happen when my photographer comes back from Europe!