Christmas Eve in Sweden!!

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Today is Christmas Eve, the day all of Sweden celebrates Christmas. Göran, Lena’s brother, will pick us up at 2:30 pm to take us to his house to have dinner and celebrate. Until then, we are just relaxing at moms and watching Swedish Christmas shows on TV. This will give me time to get caught up on my blogs and other internet stuff.

It’s a bit warmer today, about -1C, just above freezing, but cloudy and no snow.

Göran arrived right on time, then drove us to his home on the other side of town. When we arrived, we were met by Lisa & Bibi…and of course Nicke, their dog. The whole house was decorated, there was a nice tree set up with gifts, and there were trays of goodies throughout.

We first had some Glögg to toast the season while Göran prepared the turkey to go into the oven. Next we sat in the living room and watched Kalle Anka och hans vänner. A one hour TV show which airs every year at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve. This is a children’s show that shows clips of old Walt Disney cartoons narrated by Jiminy Cricket. At the end, they show a clip of a new Disney movie. This has become a holiday tradition in Scandinavia since 1959 with approximately 40% of Sweden watching.

Göran was scheduled to visit the neighbor kids as Jul Tomten, Santa Clause, so he got dressed, grabbed his sack of presents and headed out the door. When he returned, we all handed out, and opened gifts.

Dinner was now ready, and what a spread!! We started with home made meatballs, potatoes, sill (pickled herring), Reindeer sausage, smoked bear meat, and of course a few Swedish drinking songs and some, or should I say many, shots of Aquavit – Swedish vodka!! Next was the main course of turkey & potatoes.

During our trip to Sweden to visit Lena's family for Christmas, we spent Christmas eve with her mom, brother Göran, and his family. During dinner we sang a few Swedish drinking songs, and this was one of them. Skäl!!
For dessert we had kladdkaka, a gooey Swedish chocolate cake, and prunes soaked in Glögg with whipped cream. Everything was so good, and everyone was having a great time. After dinner, Lena and I took their dog Nicke out for a short walk, then returned and gathered our things to head home. Since we all have been drinking, we called a cab to take us back to moms.

This was my first Christmas away from my immediate family, and out of my home country. But, even though I missed being with them, I had a great time here with Lena’s family who has always treated me like a part of their family. I know Lena was extremely happy to be here this year, spending Christmas with her mom, brother and his family, and sharing it all with me!

Once back at moms, I made a call to my moms around 10:30 pm where everyone was getting ready to have dinner and celebrating Christmas. It was good to talk to everyone, even though we are having a great time here in Sweden, I still miss them very much!

Roguefairy13 says:
Miss you too dad.
Posted on: Dec 26, 2009
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During our trip to Sweden to visi…
Lena with her brothers Christmas …
Lena with her brother's Christmas…
Watching Kalle Anka och hans vänn…
Watching Kalle Anka och hans vän…
Coffee and cake
Coffee and cake
Jul Tomten
Jul Tomten
Lena and Jul Tomten
Lena and Jul Tomten
Jul Tomten delivering gifts
Jul Tomten delivering gifts
Jul Tomten sneeking off to deliver…
Jul Tomten sneeking off to delive…
Lisa checking out the gifts
Lisa checking out the gifts
Lisa
Lisa
Lena and her mom
Lena and her mom
Lena and her mom
Lena and her mom
Lena happy to be home for Christma…
Lena happy to be home for Christm…
Lena and me
Lena and me
Lisa loves her new hat!
Lisa loves her new hat!
Lenas brother, Göran
Lena's brother, Göran
Lena ready to eat
Lena ready to eat
Home made meatballs and potatoes
Home made meatballs and potatoes
Meatballs, potatoes, Reindeer saus…
Meatballs, potatoes, Reindeer sau…
Me and Lisa
Me and Lisa
Turkey & potatoes
Turkey & potatoes
Me walking Nicke
Me walking Nicke
Göran, Bibbi & Lisa
Göran, Bibbi & Lisa
Me, Göran, Lena & Bibbi
Me, Göran, Lena & Bibbi
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