This Sunday we had our big Christmas event with Scandinavian Club of Columbus. I’ve been working as a volunteer and board member in the club since I arrived to Columbus and its been a fun and very educational year.
My plan was to join the club to meet people I could hangout with. The only problem was that the majority of the members were 70+ years. But they had started a journey of rejuvenating the club, so I figured I could probably be at some help.
The club arrange events every month but the most popular events are the midsummer and Christmas party, this is when the families with kids show up.
This year we had a more upscale Christmas party (no pot-luck!). We didn’t want to cook all the food and do all the cleaning ourselves, so we had booked our event at the Clintonville Womens Club. Such a nice place for a Christmas party and we had a great turnout with more than 100 guests!
The purpose of the Christmas party, called JuleFest, is to celebrate the Scandinavian traditions. So one of our members had brought homemade glögg, harring and snaps to start off the event. And for dinner we were served meat balls of course.
I was placed next to Carl (80+) for dinner, and he kept asking me about Swedish authors writing about Finish history all night long. He couldn’t accept that I didn’t know any of the authors he talked about. He was like; “how about this author…?”, “No”, “how about this author then….?”, “No”, “but you must know about this one….!”, “No” HAHA He wouldn’t give up! 😆 It was very amusing.
After dinner the kids changed to their Lucia outfits and we had a Lucia procession. It was so cute seeing all the kids walking out in their costumes, holding their candles and trying to sing-a-long to the Christmas music. A tradition they had forever in the club, are the cookie procession. So when the kids are done singing, they all get a plate filled with homemade cookies that they hand out to the guests. It felt like the kids really enjoyed having a task and being a part of the celebration like that.
The day continued with a visit from Santa Claus and his wife. They handed out gifts to all the children and let the parents take a million pictures.
I feel like JuleFest was a good teaser, and I’m more in spirit for the celebrations to come!