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We’re just a few days away from Christmas, and while there’s a lot I love about this time of year – the people, the cold weather, snow (although, not this year…), extra time at home with the kids – food often takes center stage. We spend much of December baking and cooking things that are only made during this time of year, both for our household and for others. For at least ten years now, my beloved and I bake sweets and candies as Christmas gifts to our family and close friends. It’s a tradition both us and our families look forward to.

We also make plenty of things typically for our household (although we always over-bake, and tend to give out lots of these sweets to others). Over the last couple of years, I’ve added three Scandinavian baked goods to our usual December fare: gingerbread (pepperkaker), St. Lucia saffron buns (lussekatter), and sirupsnipper. And then there’s the Christmas meal itself.


For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals.


Gledelig jul!


I live and work on lands represented by Native Nations whose sovereignty, governance, and treaty lands existed long before the state of Nebraska and Virginia. These Nations include the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Umoⁿhoⁿ, and Manahoac Nations.