The Night before Christmas …

we got invited to have a Swedish Christmas dinner with little F and his lovely family.  C, F’s mum is from Sweden. Dinner was absolutely yum.  We enjoyed the smorgasbord of meat balls, sausages, home-cooked ham, bread, pickled cabbage, and cheese to name only a few and must not forget the drinks like glog (mulled wine), and of course the sips of shnapps as we sang some traditional Swedish songs and toasting.  When I say “sang” it was more like us nodding our heads and trying to join in the chorus.  Oh and must not forget to mention the old tradition of dipping a piece of bread in the ham broth, I definitely gave it a go.  It was absolutely delicious!

And after that, we all went to our local pub, the Napoleon which is a 16th century Inn that serves delicious food, local ale and is a lovely family pub.  That night though since we’ve just had dinner, we gathered around a fire-pit instead or what they call a brazier and sang Christmas carols. This time, we actually knew the lyrics!

It was really fun actually.  Singing without any care whether one was in pitch or not.  My in-laws gamely went and even sang along (let’s just say they aren’t “pub people”).  I think my father-in-law was the only one in the group who could carry a tune.  Yet no one cared and every one sang with gusto.  The kids enjoyed it as well, mostly because they were each given a present.  Little T opened hers right away and squealed in delight to find a bubble bottle and some sweets.  She and her best-friend ran around blowing bubbles at each other.

Toasted marshmallows and roasted chestnuts were also passed around …

It was the first time the pub did anything like that.  It’s nice to be able to support your local pub, especially when it comes to fun-filled activities geared for families.  What about you?  What were you doing the night before Christmas?

This post is linked-up with Country Kids.


  1. brinabird and son

    Sounds like a lovely night! Very Christmassy and magical. we had a very quiet Christmas eve with family. #countrykids

    • It was lovely and very cold 🙂 A quiet Christmas eve with family sounds perfect to me too!

  2. hurrahforgin

    Ah sounds like a lovely night – very jealous of your smorgasbord, delicious! I love a good sing song too 🙂

    • It was simply delicious. I think I’m going to declare myself a Swede now. Hahaha…. Yes, I know you do 🙂 Love that photo of you belting out your favourite karaoke songs. You looked so cute!

  3. Charly Dove

    Wow Dean it sounds like you had a wonderful evening. What a fabulous spread you must have had too, bet it was divine! We were relaxing with drinks in advance of heading over to my sister-in-law’s for Christmas Day and POD’s birthday. Poor little thing was shattered but had a lovely day. Happy Christmas!

    • Glad POD had a lovely Birthday and Christmas! 🙂 That’s all that matters, right?

  4. Coombe Mill - Fiona

    What a lovely way to spend Christmas Eve something for all ages! At Coombe it was an open house to family, friends and guests for a festive buffet and drinks. Hope you all had a lovely christmas and thanks for linking up and sharing your festive fun.

    • Oh yes, read one of the blogger’s Country Kids post (don’t remember which one) who dropped by at Coombe Mill! Looked really fun and festive 🙂

  5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    That sounds like a fun time – something different that turned out great! We went to the Christmas Eve service at our church at 6 and my family all joined because T was performing. Then we went back to my parents house, had some ham and macaroni and cheese (our traditional meal!) and then opened presents!

  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    What a lovely way to spend Christmas Eve – the meal sounds lovely, and the event at your local pub looks great – the kids must have loved it! #CountryKids

  7. That sounded like fun!

    On Christmas Eve, we went to a Candlelight Christmas service at our church and it was beautiful! We sang traditional Christmas carols that talked about Christ our Savior and the night He was born, and we lit candles at the end. The entire congregation was dimmed and one by one candles were lit and it was magical! We took pictures. Then we went back home and carried on with our cooking. Previously, that afternoon before the service, I already baked two layered cakes: lemon ad yellow cake. So, when we got back from the service, I slow cooked the green bean casserole, made penne and meatballs and baked the rolls, while Paul baked the turkey and made the mashed potatoes and dark and white gravy. For toasting, we had cider. By the way, we didn’t get to the Christmas meal until the next day. That Christmas Eve all we had was the penne and meatballs and the cake. 🙂 I’ve always loved dipping my bread in anything: from spiced olive oil to sauces from meats, pasta, vegetable dishes – anything that has sauce.

    We opened presents on Christmas Day! Our Christmas tree looked festive from the day we set it up, which was the day before Christmas Eve.

    • Haha. That was a long one! ;p Your Christmas Eve sounded magical! 🙂 Still owe you an email, will get down to it… one of these days! Hahaha. Hopefully before the end of the year. Love to all.

  8. Kriss MacDonald

    Sounds like an amazing Christmas eve with singing and drinks and even marshmallows! Christmas eve for us was a quiet break at home with roaring fire, family and wine.

  9. adayindadslife

    That sounded absolutely lovely, sharing somebody else’s cultural celebration’s too how fab and to top the celebrations off going going to the pub well that made it even more christmasy. We had a normal Christmas I cooked for my wife, kids and I went to visit family nout exciting lol. Popping over from #countrykids

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