One of the things I like most about the Swedes is their attitude about Christmas; from what I have experienced, the typical Swedish Christmas is low-key, with less attention paid to piling presents under the tree, and more to “living small.” The tree is not huge, the presents are affordable, and the emphasis is on lots of food, glögg, and family gathered around the hearth.
The emphasis seems to be on all that which is simple: living within nature rather than overwhelming it, or allowing the over-commercialization of Christmas to dominate the holiday.
So, while in Sweden last year, this homey little Christmas tree (no more than 4-5′ tall, and charmingly, but not lavishly, decorated—look closely and you’ll see the foil-wrapped chocolate Tomte, or Christmas Gnome, hanging from a branch), reminded me of these stanzas from the e. e. cummings’ poem [little tree]:
the spanglesthat sleep all the year in a dark boxdreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threadsput up your little armsand i’ll give them all to you to holdevery finger shall have its ringand there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy
- Some Swedish Christmas things (manphillips.wordpress.com)
- Why I intend to be all dressed up with no where to go this Christmas Day (styleandthensome.wordpress.com)
- What do Christmas Tree Decorations Mean? (aparker4blog.wordpress.com)
- Constellations Of My Mind (buscandopormas.wordpress.com)
- Tivoli at Christmas Time (heatherincopenhagen.wordpress.com)
- Lucie Arnaz recalls Christmas with Lucy, Desi (seattletimes.com)
- I ♡ Christmas Trees! (shivaaydelights.wordpress.com)