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Weekend Links: Exploring the Joys of a Swedish-inspired Holiday

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I know that Santa Lucia Day has past (12/13/16) but my Swedish family is still enjoy the food and festivities of the season. Both my parents and grandparents were from Gotland, Sweden so my Swedish roots run deep.

The following are some great Sweden-inspired books, booklists, activities and even food so you can celebrate along with me. Enjoy!

The Tomten and the Reynard: A sweet kidlit review to get you in the Holiday Spirit



A Ride on the Red Mare’s Back Review and a look at Swedish Folklore


Celebrating Swedish Christmas Traditions and Foods


On any given day, you may hear as many as six different languages spoken in my home.
My life and household has been diverse and multicultural for as long as I can remember. As the daughter of parents who emigrated from Sweden, I have been immersed in Nordic culture since childhood. So as you can imagine,  Celebrating Swedish Christmas Traditions and Foods, and also recognizing Santa Lucia has been a huge part of my holiday traditions since childhood.
AND…FOOD is a big part of that celebration as well so I thought I would share our tried and true family recipe for saffron buns. If you get the wrong recipe the buns turn out to be like stones. The recipe in the book is similar to ours but we do some prep work that guarantees the success of our buns. It seems I’m a little biased about Lucia buns. I want everyone to have a positive and beautiful experience. Read more HERE.

Do We Do all Day has a Swedish Christmas and Holiday Picture Book list that is near and dear to my heart!

Swedish Christmas books

I had to smile and giggle when my Head Elf (assistant and project manager) told me she had never even heard of a Tomte until she met me! Is there really is such a thing as a Winter Tomte? Yes! This time of year especially we have many eager children waiting for the Jul Tomte to come on Christmas Eve bring sack full of presents, chocolate and good fun.

The Tomte in Sweden and Nisse in Norway and Denmark is a Scandinavian myth. Tomtes are small, bearded men who wear red colored caps and are rarely, if ever seen by humans. Since we are talking about Winter Tomte I have to also share that you’ll only see the menfolk as the women and children are home making merry and getting ready for the great celebrations ahead.

Sharing this family tradition, along with a robust booklist, made my An Exceptionally Magical Winter Tomte Booklist! even more special.

The Winter Tomte Booklist1

Speaking of Swedish Christmas, it’s something near-and-dear to my heart because my parents were from Sweden. Every December 13th, we continue a long family tradition of celebrating St. Lucia. In the darkest hours of the morning a young girl with a wreath of candles on her head brings hope, warmth and light to the darkest, coldest time of the year. I have taken all of our favorite recipes, activities and books that celebrate this event, along with the history of Santa Lucia as well, and created a very special color pdf for the holiday season.

The Celebrating a Santa Lucia Christmas pdf guide is my gift to you and simply click the image below to enjoy these fun family-friendly activities. Click this link or click the image below to grab your copy and create some new traditions in your own family! Thank you!

Celebrating a Santa Lucia Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!


Don’t Forget

Children’s Book Reviewers! We Need YOU! MCCBD 2017 Reviewer Sign-up is OPEN

We still could use a Few Good Reviewers! Multicultural Children’s book Reviewers, that is 🙂

As the Co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day is can’t even begin to tell you how thrilled I am at how this event continues to GROW. If you are unfamiliar with this very special online event that is coming January, 27, 2017, go here for the full scoop. In the meantime, we could really use a few more book reviewers.

It’s not too late to sign up as a review blogger for Multicultural Children’s Book Day! We have a plethora of simply amazing diversity children’s authors who are offering up a free books to bloggers who would like to do a review in honor of this January 27, 2016 online event!

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The deadline to sign up is December 31st and we still have a few spots left. This is great way for bloggers to get involved in an important national initiative and gain new visitors to their site! All participating bloggers will be invited to add their book review to a Huge Linky on 1/27/17 that will ultimately become a valued resource for parents, teachers and librarians. Sign up ASAP!