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first weekend of december

The first weekend in December always sends me into a bit of excitement that Christmas really is just around the corner. I’ve been tagging recipes in books that I want to try, writing down ideas for decorating the table for christmas lunch, and gathering goodies to make my own crackers.

I haven’t started any Christmas baking yet, but I have been stirring a batch of Christmas Pudding Vodka (thanks for the recipe Lorraine!) which I started a few days ago. Every time I open the jar it smells more amazing as the fruits and spices mix together, slowly overtaking the powerful vodka. I’ve started making this super early so that it is ready to make lots of drinks in the week leading up to the big event.

I also went to the Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar yesterday. It is hosted by the Swedish Church in Toorak and runs on the first weekend of December every year. I like getting in early on the first day so I don’t miss out on all the good stuff! I brought home with me a gorgeous tin of gingerbread biscuits, delicious mulled wine chocolate, a cute reindeer decoration and lovely christmas spiced tea (chocolate and tea from Swedelicious).

Is Christmas excitement building in your home yet?

polish festival

Melbourne’s Federation Square is holding the Polish Festival today and I’m so excited to be going! I went last year with my boyfriend (who is half Polish) and we had so much fun eating and drinking in the sun along the Yarra River that we knew it was a must visit when the time rolled around again. This time we are dragging some more friends along to enjoy the fun – I think the beer was the biggest attraction for them though!

To get you in the mood, here are some photos from some of the festivals I attended during my holiday in Krakow and Warsaw last year…