I enjoy having guests posts here on the blog from time to time, and I know you enjoy reading their entries, as well! So, today, we have a fantastic post from the lovely Kendra Thornton!
Let’s check out what she had to say in her post, “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays!”
It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year as the snow begins to fall and there’s a bit of jingle added to the songs played on the radio. Shopping malls begin to decorate with more red and green here in Chicago while many people are excited to get the first few gifts under the tree. With half of my family with a Norwegian heritage, I’m excited to celebrate a number of our annual Christmas traditions with plenty of food and drinks to accommodate the winter season.
One of the most common activities we do on Christmas Eve is make lefse and kringla together as a family before shooting down raw oysters all at the same time, making for a number of laughs and cheers. We follow this by consuming a delicious bowl of homemade oyster stew that is truly something I wait all year for. The night isn’t complete without downing a shot or two of Akvavit, which is a Scandinavian spirit that always seems to surprise us with how strong it is as it burns going down. We accompany the shots of Akvavit by shouting “Skol” in unison, which means “Cheers” in our native Norwegian language.
One of the best parts of the holiday season is seeing my children enjoy it so much, whether it means ice skating outdoors or decorating our beautiful tree in front of our home’s bay window. We follow suit by baking a traditional Norwegian dinner and finishing it with decorating Christmas cookies and drinking plenty of hot chocolate. With all of the festivities my kids partake in, they never seem to forget to leave the reindeer dust out, which helps the reindeers find our home. This is quickly sprinkled outside of their windows before they head to bed and wait urgently for the morning.
Although I’ve been able to explore different countries and destinations with my job by traveling across the globe, I can easily say that there is truly nothing like being home for the holidays with my family. Nothing beats spending time with those I love and watching the beautiful snowfall outside as our Christmas tree glistens. I recently read an article on Gogobot about the differences between a warm and cold holiday season, and now understand to a larger degree just how much snuggling up by the fire beats rollerblading underneath the palm trees. What’s your hometown like during this season?
I may have grown accustomed to a cold holiday season with my family in our city, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other experience during this time of year. I’m proud to say that as the Thornton family we’re excited to welcome all of our relatives into our home and dine around the table for an incredible meal while laughing and gathering over old stories, while creating new ones. I hope you’re able to have an incredible season with your own family during this time of year and truly enjoy all that it offers. Happy holidays from the Thornton family to yours!
Thanks so much for your submission, Kendra! Love hearing about your family traditions, and how you take time for what’s most important! By the way, if you’d like to know more about Kendra, follow her on Twitter at @KendraThornton.
I know all of you are checking your list twice on this Christmas Eve, so thanks for taking the time stop by and check out today’s post! Merry Christmas Eve!