The Swedish word for Christmas is Jul (pronounced Yule. Get it?) And “table” is “bord.” So a Julbord is a feast around Christmas time. All the restaurants serve Julbords at this time of year and they run anywhere from $50 to $100, maybe more. We decided to have one of our own this year, just us and Mariette’s parents.
But first we had to get out of bed. This is what greeted us:
Mariette grabbed her camera took the shot and switched on a star in the window.
A couple minutes later it was showtime!
No fudging the color. That is the way it looked. Then, at noon, the next show started:
A Julbord at a big restaurant offers a huge variety of items, including the items Mariette served up today: bread, crackers, cheese, cold cuts, meatballs, sausages, salmon, shrimp, eggs, ham, pate, red cabbage, potato salad, fresh veggies, Jansson’s temptation (baked layers of potatoes with anchovies and cheese) and a Christmas soda called julmust. For desert there was chocolate mousse truffle. Mariette’s father said a tradition was born today. No argument here.
Then it was time for some photos to commemorate the day.
After a wonderful fika with pepparkaka, saffron-raisin rolls and coffee, I was feeling pretty Swedish so the best way I could think of to top off a great day, was to go from the sublime to the ridiculous.
First work up a good sweat in the sauna.
And finish it off with roll in the snow, Finnish style.
Tomorrow we are slated to get not only more snow but a storm to go with it. Glad I did this tonight when it was only -14 C. (about 5 F.)