Thursday, December 10, 2020

Becoming Very Swedish For The Month Of December

It looks like I always revert to my Swedish roots, beginning in mid-December. 

I guess this is because my mom and dad made Christmas so very special and joyful. Here they are, newly married, wrapping their presents.

In our home, each package had a verse attached to it. The verse had clues to make you guess what was inside. The ribbons, tied around the packages, were secured and stamped with bright red sealing wax. Both my parents were good writers and my dad excelled at these Christmas poems.

I remember the wonderful spirit of Christmas, which was a time of harmony and love, perhaps not always present during the rest of the year. At least not to that extent. 

So I like to wander back there in my mind this time of the year.

For the rest of the year I'm pretty much an American.

I hope you will find something to enjoy in my holiday season posts.







21 comments:

  1. I think it's a lovely tradition your parents had for preparing their Christmas gifts. Did you carry on their tradition when you became an adult?

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    1. Some of it, yes. If I had had children, I would have done so much more. Family and traditions have deep roots for me and I value them. I would have liked to instill that in my children.

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  2. What a beautiful tradition to share. Did you ever guessed what the present was by reading the verses on the packages?
    Stay well Inger.
    Hugs, Julia

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  3. It is so interesting to read about other culture’s traditions. I enjoyed this one and look forward to your December posts.

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  4. I like the idea of the verse on each gift. If mother had thought of it, she would have done that, she left little notes every where for all of us... a fond memory to go with the photo...

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  5. Love the idea of the hints on the outside. It would make pre-Christmas so much more fun and beats shaking the package to see if it rattled like we did.

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  6. I'm looking forward to more Swedish flavored posts now.

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  7. My Mum and Dad were wonderful with words too, and when there was a special occasion, Dad wrote a piece of, well I call it poetry. Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries, and I so wish I had kept all the letters that Mum wrote to me when we lived about 3 hours apart.Inger, will you wrap a parcel for both the doggies, and have some words there? I am sure that traditions are so important when you are now in another country, and we will maybe, definitely, read more about Sweden this Christmas Season.

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    1. I always wrap a present for each of them, but I never thought to write a verse. I guess I could and read it to them since their reading skills are pretty dismal.

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  8. This photo is a real treasure. And what a fantastic idea about clues on the front of the package. I am now planning to do this!!

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  9. Hello,
    What a lovely Christmas memory and tradition. Were you able to guess at what was inside the packages. Have a happy day!

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  10. What a wonderful tradition! It would be nice if you still had all of those notes! Enjoy your memories!

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  11. Love your memories. I wrapped a couple gifts for the two grandkids of mine that were visiting. Mainly I gave them money. But before they could open the bag with their "stuff" in it- I wrote a riddle on a piece of paper, paperclipped to the bag and they had to guess it before they opened it. If they didn't get the first riddle, there was a second one on the other side of the paper and they could guess that one. They did pretty. good. I like reading about your parents and christmas.

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  12. My grandma’s family immigrated from Norway to Minnesota and we still have vestiges of the old traditions in our Christmas. This year will be different as we will all be unable to travel and celebrating alone, thanks to Covid. I’ll be looking forward to your Christmas posts to see if you have any of the same traditions.

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  13. That sure makes things easier. Its a long way up there.

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  14. A gift with a verse is made even lovelier.

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. what a lovely memory! and that it included both of your parents.
    you know... I'm always enchanted by photos of that era.
    they have a very definite style. look how they are dressed.
    it's obviously something special that they enjoyed. it's very beautiful!
    my own little Mother loved Christmas. she used to say about every place we moved to...
    "oh look! we can put the Christmas tree THERE!" that seemed to be an important criteria.
    I think of her as a special Christmas elf. those things remain indelible for our whole lives. xoxo

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  16. That photograph is very special, memories can be so wonderful, especially around this time of year.

    All the best Jan

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  17. Hi Inger - what a lovely idea ... and very special, no wonder you remember. Beautiful photo ... love this Swedish 'girl' living in the U S of A. Take care - Hilary

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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