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Happy Santa Lucia day, December 13th.

 

Santa Lucia day Decemeber 13th, a day we observe in our family as it is a fun Scandinavian celebration, especially for children. My daughter loves it so much that today she will share it with her school. We are going to have a traditional Lucia parade (well, with only three people) and hand out saffron buns to her class..

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Make a Hot Chocolate Kit

Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Whenever my family is out enjoying winter activities we makes sure to have a full thermos with us. This year I am giving my hot chocolate recipe, in kit form, for gifts this year to friends, teachers and outdoor lovers.

It takes an extra step, but I prefer to make hot chocolate from melted semi sweet chocolate chips rather than coco powder. I think it just tastes better than powder.

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Florida style outdoors Christmas

My extended family lives in Florida, so every year we head south for Christmas.I never thought I would enjoy celebrating Christmas in a warm climate. Growing up in Norway it was always a white Christmas.

Scandinavians are very into celebrating Christmas and have many traditional food dishes during Christmas.  Getting outdoors and cross-country skiing is a must when you celebrate Christmas in Norway.

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Holiday ice art

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Ice,ice baby

By Kari Svenneby

One year we celebrated Christmas in Norway, my home country. My parents were scratching their heads when my husband and daughter started to fill balloons with water and put them out on the porch to freeze. We then took cookie cutters on cookie trays and buckets and filled them with water.

Every time we were having dinner or hosting a holiday party last year, we would look at the beautiful ice sculptures glowing in the candlelight. It was so easy, cheap, environmentally friendly, educational and so beautiful.

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Saffron buns / Lucia buns

saffranbunsfrontEvery year  around Christmas time we will celebrate Santa Lucia, a Scandinanavian  tradition. On the morning of the 13th of December, kids will dress up in white  robes with garlands and candles and sing the Santa Lucia song and serve Santa Lucia buns.A fun part of the tradition is to bake Santa Lucia buns with the kids; it is just like working with play dough, but you get something tasty out  of it.

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How to Celebrate an Outdoor Christmas

Guest blog post by Tanya Graydon Koob

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When I was first asked about how we celebrated the Holiday Season and whether we celebrated an outside Christmas or not, I thought “are you crazy?”It’s winter in Calgary and there’s no way I’m sitting in the snow opening my Christmas gifts.  I want to be toasty warm in my living room sitting by my fireplace, my family all gathered round, with the Christmas tree shining in the background.We don’t even have a real Christmas tree because we like to put it up by mid-November to extend the season.But then I thought some more and I realized that we DO celebrate Christmas outside in our own special way. No Christmas would be complete without skating, skiing, sledding, and outdoor fun in the snow. Maybe it’s time to bring Christmas outside and to think outside the box a bit when planning for the upcoming holiday season.

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