Oh, hey! You scared me! No, I'm not doing anything... Oh, you know, nothing important—hey! You can’t just snatch things out of my hands! You want to know what those are?
They’re just Christmas lights… I said they’re Christmas lights, okay?! Yes, I know we had a talk about September being too early to start celebrating Christmas. And yes, I know it’s too early even to celebrate Halloween, but I’m only doing it for this blog post I swear!
This month I’m focusing on winter in Scandinavia, because one of my favorite suppliers (Hurtigruten), specializes in Norwegian cruises. And guess what?! I’m part Norwegian! (I’m also part Swedish & some other things, but those aren’t as important to this blog post.) I wanted to share part of my heritage with you, because I know you love learning new things, FT.
This is a tomten:
It is arguably the cutest part of my heritage. It has other names like tomte & nisse, but growing up, I knew these cute little dudes as tomtens. These little, Santa-Claus-looking fellows are farm elves. Not having grown up in Sweden or Norway, my understanding of the mythology is a little rusty, but here’s what I understand:
Tomtens help take care of your farm. But if you’re a jerk, and don’t give them their bowl of Christmas porridge (and DO NOT forget the butter), they’ll give you bad luck. Now, I know you don’t want to take any chances with your farm, FT, so I found a Christmas porridge recipe for you to make on Christmas Eve.
The cool thing about my tomtens is that they’re souvenirs from my great-aunt. She was also a travel agent (what are the chances, right?), and traveled a lot, a LOT because of that. Every Christmas, without fail, I got a new tomten. I know you’re super jealous now, because my tomtens are so darn cute. But guess what? If you take a trip to Norway or Sweden, you can get some of your very own tomtens! They’d make great souvenirs from your northern lights cruise!
So, when you’re ready to go on your Scandinavian cruise, send me an email or fill in the Contact Me box. I (with the help of the tomtens) am super pumped to plan your trip (just as long as you remember to make them some Christmas porridge).
Now get out there and go!