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Scandinavian Christmas Ball

You heard all about my crazy GEORGE Winter Bash, so now let me tell you about another black tie event I attended that week that was a little more… refined.

Every year, the American Scandinavian Society hosts a Christmas Ball. It’s a perfect start to the holiday season, and one of the most beautifully decorated balls of the year.

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Gorgeous, right?

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The event begins with a dinner, but it’s not until after that the ball’s true Scandinavian heritage is felt.

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Once the plates are cleared away, attendees gather in the main room for the Lucia Presentation.

This involves girls singing a choral arrangement, with one special girl wearing the wreath of candles, white robe and red sash of Saint Lucia. The Scandinavians celebrate St. Lucia’s Day on December 13th, and use a lot of candles to bring light to the winter darkness.

I used to dress up as Saint Lucia when I was little, so it brought back fun memories!

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

The performance was absolutely mesmerizing, and seemed to put a magical spell over the party.

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

After the songs were sung, we climbed up the stairs ourselves for some pictures.

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

While we were doing that, beautiful (and delicious) Christmas desserts were served.

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

After sampling the desserts, we went back to our picture taking.

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

It was about this time that we realized that we hadn’t included the guys in any of them. Whoops!

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The event was held at the Metropolitan Club in the Upper East Side. A few of us had never been there before, so we headed upstairs to look around.

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

The library was my favorite room. A little light reading, anyone?

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

After getting our fill exploring, we headed back downstairs to the party.

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Where there was dancing. Lots of dancing.

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

We even were taught a traditional Scandinavian dance from some very tipsy Scandinavians!

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2014 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

It was a beautiful evening, and the perfect holiday event.

If you would like to become involved with the American Scandinavian Society, you can find more information here.

For information on my hair and makeup, click here.

Merry Christmas, God Jul, Hyvää Joulua and Gleđileg jól!

~A

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