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2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball

‘Twas the night of the Scandinavian Christmas Ball, and all through the Metropolitan Club…

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Black-tie adorned revelers arrived with elbows to rub.

Champagne began flowing, appetizers passed around.

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

And pictures in front of the Christmas tree began to abound.

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

Guests were ushered into the ballroom, just in time to dine.

And as with any good meal, there was plenty of wine.

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

After dinner we found more time to mingle and flirt.

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

While we treated ourselves to a slice (or two!) of dessert.

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

Then I snuck away to my upstairs library nook,

Where I took my annual picture on a table, holding a book.

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Then back downstairs we raced, in time for the ball’s main tradition:

The St. Lucia singers, offering a gorgeous musical rendition,

Of Christmas songs, most in their native Swedish,

And at the end, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in English.

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

The evening continued with a spin and a whirl,

As the Chris Norton Band let their best music unfurl.

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Photograph courtesy of Berit Hessen

After hours of dancing, and for some, of romancing,

The evening was over, a night most entrancing.

The ladies were given flowers, before we dashed into the night.

2019 Scandinavian Christmas Ball - New York City - Wanderlust in the City

Merry Christmas to all, and may your holiday season shine bright!

~A

 

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