I've gone my entire life living in a culture that is not surrounded with giving hostess gifts. I'm not sure why this is the case but it is. I decided to change that this year and give my parents a hostess gift for hosting Thanksgiving at their home. Everyone knows how much work it takes to open your home...even if it is to your own family. But with seven kids and nearly 20 grandchildren, it can't be easy.
My mother is Swedish and though she grew up in the states her family has carried on some wonderful tradition that she has passed on to me. I thought that it would be extra special to make a Swedish-themed hostess gift to help her kick of the Christmas season and Swedish Advent.
I chose to give her lingonberry jam and glogg. We Swedes love lingonberry preserves on our Swedish pancakes, mashed potatoes, Swedish meatballs and let's be honest...on anything. Lately, I've been putting it on Greek yogurt and oatmeal. The second part of the hostess gift was glogg. This is traditionally a mulled wine, since we don't drink alcohol I found a fruit juice based version.
Both the lingonberry preserves and glogg were found at IKEA, during one of my recent shopping adventures. I can't be the only one that goes in for one item and comes out three hours later with 20, am I? And don't you love the little Swedish gift tag, also IKEA.
And did you notice my little Santa hat decor hanging on my flip-out coat rack? For some reason this is one of my favorite little Christmas decor touches. Gotta love the dollar store Santa hats!
Other Swedish posts you may like:
St. Lucia Day - Project Domestication
How To: Making Authentic Swedish Meatballs - Cafe Johnsonia
Swedish Pancakes - The Bitten Word