God Jul!

As is always the case in Sweden, Christmas is celebrated on the 24th, rather than the 25th.
We started ours with a beautiful sunrise around 10am…

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…and while the older ones went ski-ing, the younger ones had fun in the snow…

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After everyone gets dressed up, at 3pm it’s time for the Disney Christmas classics (a Swedish tradition)…

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…before we crept over to our relatives on the other side of the lane…

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Time for dinner…pickled herring in various sauces, egg halves with caviar, boiled potatoes, ham, Christmas sweet breads, followed by more boiled potatoes, meatballs, chipolata sausages, salads, and lastly comes the Christmas porridge with the one almond inside (whoever gets it is predicted to marry in the year).
Then there tends to be a lot of waiting…during which time Maya invited everyone to open her homemade ‘smällkaramell’ filled with marshmallow tomtens (Father Christmas’)…

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..and a little game playing…

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…before there was a big bang at the door, and the familiar question of “are there any nice children around here?”…..

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Tomten takes a seat, and starts to hand out gifts….

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Sometimes he needs a little help…

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..and sometimes a little company…

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….before he leaves for other places….and the opening of gifts begins….

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Thank you ‘Jul Tomten’ … 🎅….and Happy Christmas to you all 🙂

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