That moment when November turns into December it’s like a switch in my head flips and I am in full Christmas countdown mode. Taylor Swift’s latest album gets pushed to the side and Michael Buble and Bing Crosby take over my playlists. I poke my nose in every bit of fir and spruce I can find and get excited about peeling a mandarin (oh the smell!). Yes, December first marks the start of the Christmas countdown in this house.
This is how it looks:
1st December: Start of Advent
6th December: Sinterklaas
13th December: St. Lucia
24th December: Christmas Eve
We started with lighting the first candle of our Advent wreath and opening the first door of our Advent calendar. This coming weekend we will celebrate Sinterklaas with the kids and next week St. Lucia, thus keeping their Belgian and Swedish Christmas heritage alive. And then we finish off with family dinner and presents on Christmas Eve.
Traditional Sinterklaas treat
– Speculaas (Biscoff) cookies are a must. Try making your own with my recipe.
– Flemish Christmas buns or Sinterklaaskoeken are perfect for breakfast or afternoon coffee. Make sure to spread them thick with butter. Here’s my version of these sweet yeast buns.
– chocolate coins
– Nic Nacs which you can buy or make yourself. Here is a recipe you can try.
Next week I’ll be baking traditional Swedish saffron buns to celebrate St. Lucia. In the mean time, what does your December countdown look like?
(image source: Vintage images, http://vintageimages.org)