6 comments to Christina Courtenay likes Old Traditions
Aah, you look so sweet! MXXX
Ooh Christina, do you make pepperkakor (I totally know I’ve spelled that wrong)? Every Christmas I try to replicate the ones I brought back from Sweden and I’ve never got it right yet!
I think Christmases in the past seem more rose-tinted because you’re often thinking about childhood memories. And I don’t know about you, but when I was a child I never appreciated all the hard work that goes into Christmas! I think the extent of my hard work was making the occasional mince pie and festooning a tree with paper chains. No shopping or wrapping of presents: Father Christmas did all that!
I second Kate’s opinion, Christmasses past were always easy; presents to open, food to eat, all excitement and none of the hard work! Practicalities leach a lot of the joy out of the occasion. Which is why I love Boxing Day almost more than the day itself - all the hard work is over and I can lie back and enjoy the fruits of my labours because we eat cold all the leftovers from Christmas dinner.
Kate - yes, I make pepparkakor. I’ll send you the recipe, they’re delicious aren’t they. And you and Jane are both right - the nostalgia must be because we didn’t have to do any of the preparations. Roll on Boxing Day!
We’re having a most untraditional Christmas at the moment, visiting my mother in hospital so it’s lovely to read about some Christmas magic and to see that wonderful photo of you, Christina!
Hope things get sorted out soon, Chris, so you can return home for Christmas!