I’ve written many times before about my love for the Moomin characters, their story and their creator, Tove Jansson. The Moomins lend themselves quite well to Christmas; perhaps it’s something to do with their Scandinavian birthplace? This year, after my trip to Helsinki, I wanted to try and incorporate a little bit of Finland into our Christmas celebrations.
As you might expect from my mixed race family, Christmas is already a multi-cultural affair. Alongside the Irish bread, Mauritian napolitaines, American apple pie and German stollen, Ryan and I baked korvapuusti (finnish cinnamon rolls) and Finnish gingerbread. The recipe came out of the Moomin cookbook which covers a lot of traditional Finnish cooking. I used my Moominpappa cookie cutter for the gingerbread and tried to ice them appropriately. My decorating skills are somewhat lacking, but they taste great!
If I were a millionaire then a Moomin Christmas would probably have had a full set of Moomin tableware and coasters. As it is, I’m on quite a budget so instead I’ve had to get a bit more creative! I’ve been collecting festive bits and pieces in the run-up to Christmas and squirreling them away until the big day. Ryan and I went to the Scandinavian Kitchen in Fitzrovia to pick up glögg concentrate, cherry cordial and Moomin coffee. I’m really excited to try making glögg, a kind of Nordic mulled wine with various spices involved! The (delicious) lingonberry jam is from Nordic Bakery, and the dried lingonberries and Piparipari (little gingerbread cookies) came from the Finnish Christmas Market.
We also stopped by the Moomin Shop in Covent Garden. I mentioned the Moomin Shop last year in my Christmas round-up – their themed winter decorations are always so pretty! If you’re a Moomin fan then it’s a must-visit for the shop decor alone. Ryan and I picked up a character decoration each; obviously Snorkmaiden is mine, what with the fringe and delicate personality. The baubles actually open up and you can leave sweets and little messages inside. We’ve been leaving little advent messages inside each others bauble in the run-up to Christmas. Maybe we’ve stumbled on a new Christmas tradition! What kind of traditions do you have in your Christmas?