God Jul

I heard about the Swedish Church in New York because of it’s reputation for having the best cinnamon buns in the city. This seemed an unusual claim to fame for a church, but for the Scandis the church is as much a community center as it is a place to pray. The coffee pot is always on but this week the whole place was dressed for the annual Christmas fete, setting the standard of celebration for the season. It was warm and welcoming. Hallowed halls were filled with trading tables of traditional straw horses, mixed bags of sweet and salty licorish, and cute full bearded trolls. Fresh Swedish bread designed to accompany salmon or sausage was on sale next to every variation of cinnamon bun, and the church sanctum was transformed into a busy cafe. Subtle organ music blended into the background as aspirational aromas enriched the body and the spirit – and that was even before we contemplated the glogg. The bottles were a handy purse size – they are usually much larger, and with red wine, dried fruit and spice are a heavenly tipple for the Top end. Or where-ever you may be. One thing, if you take to the glogg before talking to your God, you will still find the Church – just be guided by the nationalistic flags and faucets on 48th and 5th…

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5 Responses to God Jul

  1. Dallas Colley says:

    So gorgeous, almost puts me in Christmas mode!

  2. Fantastic photos! And a good story to go with them.

  3. Peter says:

    Perhaps cinnamon buns, prayer and goodwill could form the basis of a new float in next year’s Christmas Pageant!

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