‘Julgransplundring’ is a swedish tradition of coming together to ‘throw out’ all the Christmas decorations.
Twenty days after Christmas, held on the 13th of January, traditionally this also entails dancing around the tree, and games for the children.
Well, we didn’t dance, but we did ‘plunder’!
I made simple cardboard tube crackers for the children, and hid a little chocolate christmas ornament in each one.
Wrapped in tissue paper, and stuck with a Christmas sticker…
…I hid them in the tree…
Can you see them?
Look a little closer.
Can you see them now?
Well, the kids found them hard to find too!
We challenged them to take at least ten decorations off the tree – and if they found something they hadn’t seen before….
….perhaps they could keep it!
Look, Maya’s found something….
(Note our hoover, ready for action!)
Leon and his friend Filip plundered too…
And if you’re wondering about Ted – no, he didn’t plunder, and no, he didn’t get any chocolate.
But he didn’t get completely left out – exploring the pile of dropped pine needles was a kind of plundering in itself…!