I had a wonderful Christmas 2008. We went to our house in Sweden and being in the countryside was really nice. Let me show you!
Welcome to the Vicarage in Andrarum, Sweden
On the 23rd we decorated the Christmas Tree as we always do. This was the first time we did it away from home, but it worked fine anyway. Here you see my sister and my humble self.
We always add new Christmas ornaments to our tree. This year one of them was this little Obama-putto. We put him next to a glass globe in the hope that he will set everything right.
On the 24th we had our traditional Christmas dinner. Beginning with rice pudding (with an almond hid in one of the plates - this year my dad won the prize, a marzipan pig), then roast duck and pork with potatoes and red cabbage. No dessert - but plenty of filled chocolates.
There's a lot of checking on the roast. I love the decadent red shoes/roast pork combination.
After dinner my dad light the candles on the Christmas tree and the rest of us enter to see the splendor. Then we dance around the tree singing traditional Christmas songs and psalms. Mainly songs... as we are not religious in my family. We just like the presents, the food, and the joy. And then leaving the Jesus thing pretty much out of it.
After all the indoor pleasures it was wonderful to wake up to this sight. The world covered by tiny little icy spikes glittering in the rising sun. Absolutely amazing. This is from the churchyard just next to the church and our house.
I know, I know - it looks fake. But it's not!
We had a wonderful walk in this perfect winter wonderland. It seemed all Narnia. Just not so much Turkish Delight as one could have wished for. The view compensated though.
On the 29th we did it all again. Most of the family arrived for lunch, Christmas tree and presents. The gentleman in the background pretty much gives the impression of the feeling after such a meal.
So...once more lighting the candles, dancing, singing and unwrapping presents.
For the big family gathering we always make marzipan flags. Normally they are red and white but being in Sweden we thought blue and yellow was more appropriate even if blue food can seem somewhat unnatural.
My mom had bought these extremely lifelike marzipan open sandwiches. They were so true you actually expected the taste of egg or salami when tugging into them.
Our visitors spent the night and had brunch the day after. Before leaving some of them left notes in our guest book. This is my cousin Noa writing her name for the very first time.
And then it all ended. We took all the decorations down. Sniff.
Here are most of our Christmas tree ornaments before going into their boxes and waiting there for the next time.
And then the tree was taken out...