December Newsletter 2014

December Newsletter 2014

Greetings from a cold and wintery Sweden. We have just arrived in Gothenburg after a few days in Paris. It is very beautiful with all the Xmas lights everywhere. Next week we are heading up North and I do hope we will get some snow for Xmas.

Julia and Simon is busy packing parcels and we are in contact with them pretty much every day. They are doing a great job. Let us know if any issues.

As always this time of the year I can’t stress enough the urgency of getting your orders in time. This is a busy time for our couriers as well and there is always the odd parcel going astray. You/we don’t want that stress days before the holiday – so get the orders in!

In this news eltter we have:

  • 2.5 Weeks until Christmas
  • Holiday Closure
  • Contact while we are away
  • Lucia


2.5 weeks until Christmas!!

Shipping Information:

This year Xmas falls on a Thursday. Please note we will NOTsend any parcels during the week of Christmas. (As our couriers are not working after the 24th and we can't ensure delivery in time for the holiday)

Please make sure to get your orders in before Monday the 15th so we can ensure delivery before the Xmas.

As we are slightly restricted in how many chilled parcels we can manage per day we are currently prioritising the parcels the following way:

  • Monday: Parcels going to Rural destinations and South Island
  • Tuesday: Parcels going to Rural destinations, South Island and Upper North Island
  • Wednesday: Parcels going to going to North Island
  • Thursday: Parcels going to the Wellington region.

If you still haven't made you Xmas order and live in a Rural destination or on the South Island, please place your orderASAP so we can send it to you first thing on Monday morning.

Please note our courier company is also very busy this time of the year and we need to cater for possible delays.

Holiday Closure:

SweNZ Taste will be closed 20Dec - 4 Jan.

During the holiday season we will send parcel on the following dates:

  • Orders coming in between the 20 Dec - 4 Jan will be sent off on Monday the 5th Jan.
  • After the 5 Jan we will be open as usual.

Please make sure to get your Xmas, New Years and Summer Holiday Orders in asap to avoid disappointment.

Contact while we are away

If you need to get hold of us during our travel - please send an email to: or txt :021-0668612 we will not be able to take any calls while away due to time difference and roaming costs. But we will make sure to check emails on a regular basis and forward any urgent requests to Julia and Simon, who are looking after our house and Customers while we are away.


Next Saturday, the 13th December, Scandinavians are celebrating St Lucia.

Saint Lucia's Day is observed on 13 December. St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Italy and in Scandinavia. In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.

The modern tradition of having public processions in the Swedish cities started in 1927 when a newspaper in Stockholm elected an official Lucia for Stockholm that year. Today most cities in Sweden appoint a Lucia every year. Schools elect a Lucia and her maids among the students and a national Lucia is elected on national television from regional winners. The regional Lucias will visit shopping malls, old people's homes and churches, singing and handing out pepparkakor (gingersnaps/thins).

Boys also take part in the procession, playing different roles associated with Christmas. Some may be dressed in the same kind of white robe, but with a cone-shaped hat decorated with golden stars, called stjärngossar (star boys); some may be dressed up as "tomtenissar", carrying lanterns; and some may be dressed up as gingerbread men. They participate in the singing and also have a song or two of their own, usually Staffan Stalledräng, which tells the story about Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr, caring for his five horses.

A traditional kind of bun, Lussekatt ("St. Lucia Bun"), made with saffron, is normally eaten on this day, together withGingersnaps and Mulled Wine.

The Finnish celebrations have been historically tied to Swedish culture and the Swedish-speaking Finns. They observe "Luciadagen" a week before the Winter Solstice. St Lucy is celebrated as a “beacon of brightness” in the darkest time of year.

In Denmark, the Day of Lucia (Luciadag) was first celebrated on December 13, 1944. The tradition was directly imported from Sweden by initiative of Franz Wend, secretary of Föreningen Norden, as an attempt "to bring light in a time of darkness”.The night before candles are lit and all electrical lights are turned off, and on the Sunday closest to December 13 Danes traditionally attend church.

Historically Norwegians considered what they called Lussinattenthe longest night of the year and no work was to be done. From that night until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roamed the earth. Lussi, a feared enchantress, punished anyone who dared work. Legend also has it that farm animals talked to each other on Lussinatten, and that they were given additional feed on this longest night of the year.

We have a few Lucia Dresses left for little boys & girls wanting to be Lucia on the day!



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, God Jul och Gott Nytt År, Glædelig jul og e Godt Nytår, Hyvää Joulua ja Onnellista Uutta Vuotta, God jul og Godt Nyttår, Gleðileg Jól og Farsælt Komandi ár !



























Kind Regards
Eva and Sven @ SweNZ Taste

Posted: Sun 07 Dec 2014