|Christmas Market in Stockholm, Sweden|
|Downtown Solvang, CA|
|Pastries and Coffee|
|Danish Blue and White Dishes|
|Jul Hus in Solvang, CA|
|Painting by Swedish artist, Carl Larsson|
I miss those trips most when the Christmas season approaches; then mid-December arrives and I get to open my jar of Cardamom, and enjoy the aroma of this pungent Scandinavian spice while I mix up dough for the Lucia saffron buns (Lussekatter) that will be served at a reception following our church's annual St. Lucia Procession.
Tomorrow I'll post some wonderful picture books for St. Lucia Day, December 13th. Meanwhile, you can read about her life and celebration here and try this recipe for Lucia buns from the quaint Swedish village of Bishop Hill, IL website.
If you liked my posts about Scandinavian Tomte and authors Astrid Lindgren and Jan Brett, I think you and your kids will enjoy reading these Scandinavian-themed Christmas stories...
CHRISTMAS IN NOISY VILLAGE by Astrid Lindgren. This is a sweet chapter book that kids ages 6-10 will love, featuring those mischeivious children from Noisy Village.
CHRISTMAS TROLLS by Jan Brett. A fun picture book for kids ages 4-8 about Treva and the troublesome trolls, this time in a Christmas story.
Want more? The blog LEARN SWEDEN, has some great posts about Swedish children's books and authors.