Swedish Christmas shopping and Christmas Markets

Good morning everyone.  Feeling nostalgic today for all the wonderful Christmas markets in Sweden that start to take place this time of year.  Here's a picture of Svaneholm, a castle in Southern Sweden, that hosted one a couple of years back that we attended.  The kids are all bundled up, it was cold, drinking hot chocolate and eating bullar (Swedish cardomon buns.)  Music played and it was lovely.
Mmmm, the crisp, cold weather coupled with the smell of glögg and fir trees, the handmade gifts, and special foods and lights all combine to create a very special memory.  I love the Christmas Market in Tivoli too which I wrote about here, http://livinglavidalagom.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-market-2.html.  Here are some great ideas for Swedish Christmas Markets right here in the States, Jul markets.

Of course a big part of the holidays is the shopping for food, goodies and gifts.  Here are some of the places that I get my Swedish food fix in the Boston area:
http://www.karlssausage.com/: one Bourbon Street, Peabody, MA
http://www.thecrownbakery.com/ 133 Gold Star Blvd, Worcester, MA
http://www.danishpastryhouse.com/, 330 Boston Ave, Medford MA
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/store/stoughton, 1 IKEA Way, Stoughton, MA

And on-line:
http://www.wikstromsgourmet.com/
http://www.scandinavianfoodstore.com/

But if I were a resident of New York I would prefer to head here -- https://www.sockerbit.com/ -- really any time of the year at 89 Christopher Street, New York, NY.
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(Urk, I can't believe we were just there last weekend, and apparently walked right by it!)

Or a lucky London denizen here -- picture courtesy of my friend Margie -- who is such a person.
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And finally, maybe here -- this is my storage room full of fun things waiting to get sold this holiday.  Send me a note if you are interested in any of these Christmas items.  I will officially launch my "bloppis" (Swedish word for online flea market) this weekend but here's a sneak peak.  Just add a comment and I will get back to you.  Tack!



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