For the second year in a row I attended the Swedish Christmas Market in Lausanne last weekend. An old colleague of my mine is in charge for the delicatessen stand and I pop in to help out. In 30 minutes we had sold 8 kilos of Swedish caviar which is the big seller in this stand. It was busy, needless to say, cutting pieces of smoked eel, warm smoked salmon and handing over cured cheeses, liver wurst, elk sausages and much more...
This market is full of Swedishness, just the way I love it, and seldom do I feel more Swedish than during this event. With my Carl Larsson apron on over a white blouse I might not look as pretty as the ladies in the wonderful folk costumes, but I still feel very Swedish and special.
And I spend money... Well, lets say you should fill your wallet big time when coming to this market. Because who can resist the cute little Santa decorations, the Swedish Pick n' Mix candy, classic stories by Swedish authors like Astrid Lindgren and Sven Nordquist, not to mention all the Swedish food specialties. Here you find the ingredients you are looking for when baking and making all those typical Swedish dishes and pastries.
And there is music. Lovely Christmas carols sung by everyone. A Lucia parade which sets the Christmas spirit right in place. There are games for the small children and a Christmas Craft Workshop. Yes this event is something special. A place to socialize and reconnect with your roots. And I'm seriously thinking of finding me one of those Folk costumes... Just for this event. They are so beautiful, aren't they.
PS Blogger is having a grumpy day... Sorry about funny spacing and what ever... :)