Our christmas are a little bit different than the regular Swede’s. Our is longer, we include larger family and more food : ) Christmas eve starts at my wonderful parents-in-laws Maj-Britt’s and Stig’s home in Tullinge. We eat lunch and watch Matt and his brother Jompa fight over their mommys home rolled meat balls. Noo, they are no children, they are close to 40, ha ha ha. After lunch we all sit down infront of the TV… half of us, doze off and the others watch the christmas special from Walt Disney Productions “From All of Us to All of You”. This show is a holiday classic. If you are in Sweden you already know this ofcourse. How can you miss it…the show has ben broadcasting every christmas since 1959.
After the “Donald Duck” program we open our presents… in this family is very organized. One young puck passes out two gifts at the time and then we all watch patienly. Lots of presents have a rhyme on them too. I usually do but this, but these last past years I haven´t had the time.
One of the highlights of the evening is the a program I love watching on TV. “Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton”. Is a Swedish animated shortfilm were Tage Danielsson tells the tale of a modern Robin Hood who steals Christmas gifts from the wealthy to give to the poor people of Stockholm while working in a post office on Christmas eve. There is always some controversy and a lot of critics arguing about the political view. But the tale shouldn´t be overanalyzed.
My Tweetie bird Adina and little Elizia, one happy little girl. Full of expectations
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Matt’s parents Maj-Britt & Stig • Hanna, my siter-in- law with Zack and Jompa (bro-in-law) dozing away.
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Christmas evening continues…
… after the show “Carl Bertil Jonssons Julafton” we hit the road home, and this year it was really something else. The snow, the beautiful snow. Everywhere these chrystal glowing flakes. Over the house tops, over the street… everywhere. The view is really like a postcard, and now everyone in my family is waiting for us to arrive from Matt’s parents.
As we open the door to our house the warmth of a crackeling fire from the logs in the fireplace is just overwhelming and so cozy. I feel really happy. My big family, my mom, my step-dad and my other step dad, my two dear sisters with their family, brother- and sister in-law, nephew, children. All these happy faces, and you know happy faces on childen really says it all.
The kitchen table with all the food is just unbelieviable. Everyone pitches in and makes one or two delicious courses. We do not stick to the traditional christmas food. For us that is not the most important thing. The most important is for food to be wonderfully delicious and that there are enough for three days to come. Out of 17 people, only 7 eat meat. But we respect that. I am happy to say that most of our food is vegetarian. And NO… we do not do pickled pig’s feet dried codfish… eewweyyy
It’s tradition for us to open presents in the morning of Christmas day, on the 25th. We have always had this tradition. So in Sweden “Jultomten” (Santa Claus) visits on the evening before Christmas day, pulling a big bag of julklappar (christmas presents) in the deep snow. The american Santa has the habit of filling socks or stockings the night of December 24th. He flies with his eight reindeer and enters the houses through chimney (or in California sometimes he rides in on a surf board ; )
Our chilean “viejo pascuero” resembles Santa Claus and likewise comes drawn by reindeer. However, as chimneys are not as common as in the U.S he settles on climbing through a window. In the morning presents are already under the christmas tree, and we open them while eating porridge, “Lusse buns“, spiced with saffron, and ofcourse “Pan the pasqua“, a bread filled with candies fruit.
Every year we say the same thing… we did not take enough photos : ( Same thing this year. But one little chipmunk was specially in center of everyones attention this year. My nephew Eldin. This was his first christmas and so ofcourse he received the most and biggest presents. Such sweet an adorable baby.
Tomorrow is my sister Amandas birthday….she is catching up with me, he he he he…
Everybody wants to play with little Eldin.
Here’s me, Adina and my sister Amanda cuddling with him.