.....and then of course there's the 5 Golden Rings in the Twelve Days of Christmas song.
I must be true to my Swedish heritage and speak for a moment about Glögg. I confess that I don't think I've ever tasted it, but I do remember it being served at my Nana's Christmas Eve table. My mother always said that it was ghastly, but then she never liked a lot of food and drink that I enjoy, so I think that this year I will have to find some Glögg and give it a try.
I swiped (er, borrowed!) this photo from a lovely Scandinavian site called A Swede in the Kitchen. She also includes a recipe for the most lovely Saffron Buns. I used to make these every year, but have gotten out of the habit. I hope to resume that tradition this year.....along with making some Glögg!
We love to travel about in German, and we spent about a week there in mid December several years ago, visiting many of the Christmas Markets. Their tradition is to serve Glühwein, which I grew to love. At first, I found it a bit difficult to enjoy, but it grew on me, and I began to look forward to it on bitterly cold days when we roamed the stalls of the Christmas markets.
Here's a lovely German lady enjoying a cup of Glühwein. MMMM, I can almost taste it! The Christmas Markets are really fun. Each city has a different styled mug in which they serve their Glühwein, and I have quite a collection of those mugs!