Christmas Eve in Sweden!!
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Today is Christmas Eve, the day all of
Itâ€™s a bit warmer today, about -1C, just above freezing, but cloudy and no snow.
GĂ¶ran arrived right on time, then drove us to his home on the other side of town. When we arrived, we were met by Lisa & Bibiâ€¦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 GlĂ¶gg to toast the season while GĂ¶ran prepared the turkey to go into the oven. Next we sat in the living room and watched Kalle Anka och hans vĂ¤nner. A one hour TV show which airs every year at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve. This is a childrenâ€™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
GĂ¶ran 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 â€“ Swedish vodka!! Next was the main course of turkey & potatoes.
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
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