"Seven days until December.
26 days until my birthday.
30 days until christmas eve.
37 days until New Years!"
// I dont remember if I have told you before, but December is my favorite month. There is so much going on in December, many lovely things, and the general feeling in December is always nice and cozy. At work the days literally just fly by, and I get to organize and plan my upcoming birthday. Christmas is a very important occasion for me and close to my heart, because it brings people together and the feeling of being a part of something (family, relationship, friends, can be different for every individual) is stronger than at any other point during the year. I decided to support a competition by Dronningholm, the competition is funny and even a bit childish. This campaign has to teams who "play" against each other. Those who are for traditional Christmas go with the #Perinteinenluumu" this translates into "Traditionalplum" and those who are more into modern way of spending christmas go with "Perinteinenomena" and this one translates into "Traditionalapple". I am not so much for the whole tradition part thing, but I must say that Christmas in my family is an important event, and it is that one day during the year that everyone gets together, we decide early in advance where we will spend Christmas. Who will cook what food and what sorts of presents will be given. So I guess yeah in a way we have our own traditions as well.
I could simply not imagine my Christmas without my family. One day when I will hopefully find my future husband, it is absolutely mandatory that we spend our Christmas together each year, of course then including his family in the dinner table.
So what is traditional Christmas made of? For many years already, a day before Christmas eve, we drive down to a city called Porvoo that is not too far from Helsinki and pick up a couple of cakes from a local bakery. That same day, we bake these amazing Christmas Star Pastries filled with plum, they can be seen on the pictures above. Plums are often part of traditional Finnish sweets such as "joulutortut" = Christmas Star Pastries, flaky pastries filled with plum jam. We also make raspberry parfait, cook the ham (a big one haha) and finish cooking all the rest of the foods. Of course the day before Christmas we wrap the last presents, and clean the house to be in mint condition for the next day. Christmas morning does not start without porridge, rice porridge to be exact, it is super yummy! There are always a variety of shows on TV that only play on Christmas eve, and it is fun to watch them over and over again, even year after year. When our relatives arrive, we raise the first toast and sit down at the table to start dining. The food never ends, I swear, there is so much of it. From traditional Christmas foods to meat to vegetables and fish. After we finish eating we start opening our presents! (Can?t wait for mine haha). Every Christmas is special, even though most of my Christmases I have spend abroad with the more modern Christmas, I can honestly say that nothing beats a Christmas at home with your family.
Dronningholm has a campaign and a competition behind it, but unfortunately they have set the rules that only people living in Finland are allowed to participate. I don't make up these rules, because of course if it were up to me I would allow everyone to participate. Hopefully in the near future we will get a campaign that all my readers can participate in.
I wish you a very nice week and good times waiting for Christmas!