We spent the day at my mother/father-in-laws, Maj-Britt and Stig, with fantastic food and christmas spirit. Maj-Britt reflected over the fact “who was to pass on the recipe of her magic meat balls to the next generation?” First thing that came to my mind was ” Not me”! I am a vegetarian and have been for a long time. But it made me think a little extra about the thought of passing on traditions from one generation to the next. How the fact that everyone participates and anticipates is actually quite “monumental” to me. Whether it is recipes, homilies or wisdom, is something I find to give comfort and security as life can be confusing as it is and traditions are a connection to family. Things that seem insignificant, may actually mean a lot for the next generation. Time will tell!
So Christmas came and the blaze of delight and unwrapped presents is all of a sudden over. Disappointed? No not really … you see, being a Chile-bean and a Yankee means that my other half of the family celebrates on the 25:th. So christmas continues for 17 family members in our house. Same procedure as every year! This year my dad outdid himself with the exquisite “chilean empanadas de queso” and his vegetarian pastel de choclo. My mother’s vegetarian pie was also out of this world. Goodie-goodie! I over ate, yes yes. Is it possible not to over-eat over the holidays?
A change of tradition this year was to only give the children presents and skip the adults. Very boring …. I will vote to on “presents for all” next year ;) … Even though we all know that the best gifts in life will never be found under a Christmas tree, those gifts are friends, family, children. All the ones you love <3
Christmas also means a lot of extra work for us. Customers understandably wants their photos ready before christmas. Which means I have lots of nice photos to show. The reconstruction of my new bathroom / make up-room is coming along fine as well as my new web-page. I will soon show them to you as well :)
Here are two christmas pictures of beautiful Ella. You will be seeing more work from us in january.
Photo: Tallee Savage
Graphics: Mattias Savage