we got invited to have a Swedish Christmas dinner with little F and his lovely family. C, F’s mum is from Sweden. Dinner was absolutely yum. We enjoyed the smorgasbord of meat balls, sausages, home-cooked ham, bread, pickled cabbage, and cheese to name only a few and must not forget the drinks like glog (mulled wine), and of course the sips of shnapps as we sang some traditional Swedish songs and toasting. When I say “sang” it was more like us nodding our heads and trying to join in the chorus. Oh and must not forget to mention the old tradition of dipping a piece of bread in the ham broth, I definitely gave it a go. It was absolutely delicious!
And after that, we all went to our local pub, the Napoleon which is a 16th century Inn that serves delicious food, local ale and is a lovely family pub. That night though since we’ve just had dinner, we gathered around a fire-pit instead or what they call a brazier and sang Christmas carols. This time, we actually knew the lyrics!
It was really fun actually. Singing without any care whether one was in pitch or not. My in-laws gamely went and even sang along (let’s just say they aren’t “pub people”). I think my father-in-law was the only one in the group who could carry a tune. Yet no one cared and every one sang with gusto. The kids enjoyed it as well, mostly because they were each given a present. Little T opened hers right away and squealed in delight to find a bubble bottle and some sweets. She and her best-friend ran around blowing bubbles at each other.
Toasted marshmallows and roasted chestnuts were also passed around …
It was the first time the pub did anything like that. It’s nice to be able to support your local pub, especially when it comes to fun-filled activities geared for families. What about you? What were you doing the night before Christmas?
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