Since our return to Boston, die haupstadt von MA, (the capital city of MA,) we have held a Glogi festival at our place for family and friends in the late afternoon on Christmas eve. Glogi is a Christmas beverage from Finland and the other Scandinavian countries. It is made from hot wine and spices for adults and for children, it is made from black currant juice and spices. Here is the recipe we use for Finnish Glogi.
We have begun this tradition because we enjoy a Finnish, style Christmas, very calm, quiet, and low key, full of relaxation rather than the more hectic American style Christmas of my childhood, full of parties, food, friends, and endless rushing about. I find that very stressful, but yes I know it is also very fun to see friends and family for the holiday. But we prefer the quiet to the chaos, some time to recharge our batteries rather then expending a huge amount of energy before returning to work feeling drained by the holiday rather than rested. So, we host between 4pm and 6 pm while the ham is in the oven for our quiet peaceful private Christmas dinner, this little Glogi festival for family and friends who wish to attend. For them, it is on their way between parties and they stop by, have something to drink, have a snack, then head on their way between major holiday events. While they are here, they drink a hot drink, have some laughs and a fresh baked cookie or two. They also have a few peaceful deep breaths in a low stress environment. A brief sanctuary in the holiday chaos that consumes their holiday.
After everyone leaves, by 6 pm, My husband and I clean up the dishes and run the dishwasher then, we sit down to one of our other Finnish traditions, watching Christmas peace declared in Turku Finland. This tradition in Finland has gone on unbroken for hundreds of years since about 1320. It marks a span of time lasting 20 days, in which Finland, will disengage from any and all conflicts. It is a special event for Finns, it isn’t Christmas for most of them till they her the reading of the declaration of the Christmas Peace.
We were happy to see so much of our family turn up for the Glogi fest this year…. Even some unexpected visitors dropped by. It was small and relaxed, and it was lovely. Now, if no one minds, I am off to make some big Christmas brunch. Happy holidays everyone! Don’t forget to do some relaxing before heading back to the grind, it is the best present you can ever give yourself and each other.