Yesterday evening was very pleasant.
The weather was most un-Christmasy with rain but that's how most winters are in Stockholm nowadays so it was only to be expected.
But the house, Kristinehovs Malmgård, was lit up both on the outside as well as within, which helped my spirits up. And they continued to rise with the aide of good company, entertainment, drinks and - food!
The traditional Swedish Christmas food is very rich and plentiful! It's served buffet style and with dozens and dozens of different dishes, it's next o impossible to try them all - especially when in stays! I was pretty full after only the cold dishes (pickled herring, salmon and other lovely things) and then there were tons of dessert!
Christmas trees was not too common in Sweden in the 18th century but not unheard of.
Someone spoke of a written source from 1741 mentioning a decorated tree with present beneath so the beautiful tree was not out of place.
There were many children present and I don't know if it was them or me who was the most fascinated by Gustafs Skål's mascot, the tiny rooster Gustaf!
He popped in for a quick visit, but thought himself better off with his three chicks in the hen house.
And I did finish my pet-en-l'air in time, althiugh I made the last stitches only withing hours from the start of the event.
Miss Ellinor did my hair and I think she did a pretty darn good job too, if you consider she never did anything like it before!
I wore my new stays for the first time (for more than just a couple of hours, that is) and believe I'm very pleased with them. They were really comfortable, even after a heavy dinner and that must be a good sign? And my shoes did not fall apart, although they weren't too comfortable. But a girl can't have everything...
The next event is Gustafs Skål's 12th Night Masquerade and there is this gown I desperately want to make but will I have the time? More about that later; tonight I'm working on a mini-project, a linen fichu, and I just finished 320 centimeters of rolled hems - fuuun!