Need A Dose of Christmas Cheer?

Swedish Christmas Beard Twas the night quite a few weeks before Christmas and all through the house,

Not a creature was typing, not even a mouse.

Deadlines were looming and taxes were due,

With grey skies in force and just so much to do

Whence someone was struck with a better idea

To find sparkly photos and spread Christmas cheer

Come markets, come baubles, come fir trees and schnitzel,

Buried ice giants and a cheese dish called spaetzle,

Turquoise clear beaches with white sand to spare,

Not traditionally Christmas but so what, who cares?

Just good things found in this great world outside

Get smiling, get working, cheer up, love the ride!

Best Christmas Market Vienna


Right, now I’ve got that off my chest I’d better get back to those spreadsheets! Thanks for humouring me and of course, if you’re looking for some tasty Christmas reading allow me to suggest the following posts:

Christmas Cheer

Christmas in Sweden - cheeky beards and boxers

 The Land of A Thousand Christmas Trees

The Best Christmas Market in the World

The Best Christmas Markets in the World (there is a difference to the story just above, I promise)

The Man Who Makes Baubles for the Pope

Christmas Traditions Around the World

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6 Responses to Need A Dose of Christmas Cheer?

  1. thesalonnieresapartments December 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    It’s not a traditional Christmas here in Australia either where it’s super hot but that’s not stopping me from going Christmas crazy over here! :) some day, I swear, I’m going to have a white Christmas and visit traditional Christmas markets! Thanks for all these links for feeding my Christmas craze at the mo…

    • Abi King December 11, 2013 at 10:47 am #

      Ah yes, I’ve had a couple of Christmases in the sun and there’s a completely different vibe. Most notably, it’s hard to muster up much of an appetite! Hope you get to a snowy Christmas Market one day – they’re beautiful. In the meantime, photos of Santa surfing please!

  2. SAM December 10, 2013 at 11:45 pm #


    Nice poetry, but it would seem that you must indeed be a bit stressed out as you inaccurately referred to
    spaetzle as a cheese dish when it
    is actually a traditional noodle or
    dumpling dish popular in Germany,
    Austria, Switzerland, etc., which
    may or may not include cheese.

    Perhaps you might find the jpeg below helpful.



    Everything will turn out well.

    • Abi King December 11, 2013 at 10:42 am #

      Ha! Good lord, yes you’re right. It was kasespaetzle I was thinking of (I think I had three lots in three days and the ratio of cheese to spaetzle was approzimately 10:1. I became concerned my blood would turn to cheese and that by the following morning there would be nothing left but an Abi shaped cheese.) So yes, spaetzle itself may or may not include cheese (unless you’re in Tux where the cheese may or may not include spaetzle ;-) )

      Thank you so much for the cool way you brought it up. And your kind words.

  3. Gayla December 11, 2013 at 10:05 am #

    Perfect poem to read this morning. Thank you and Happy Christmas…wherever you may be :-)

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