Twas a Merry Christmas (God Jul) Indeed

Christmas Eve found this family still in Almhult, Sweden…alone with no family or friends over, but very merry still.  This was K’s fourth Christmas and M’s second.  Since K has been around, family has become more of a focus for us.  One of the joys, and challenges, of living abroad is being away from family.  Before we had kids, this did not bother us too … Continue reading Twas a Merry Christmas (God Jul) Indeed

Bringing light into the dark of winter: Saint Lucia Day in Sweden

Bringing light into the dark of winter: Saint Lucia Day in Sweden. Yesterday was the celebration of St. Lucia Day.  Being a Hemmapappa, I had no exposure to how this holiday was celebrated, though K had a huge feast at school and a visit from the St. Lucia representative.  The above link takes you to another blog, Fika after Fifity, that has a very nice … Continue reading Bringing light into the dark of winter: Saint Lucia Day in Sweden

Christmas in a Castle

For those of you that read “The Abyss of Holiday Cheer”, you are aware that our last foray to a Christmas market was not something out of a Bing Crosby movie.  Well, we put that experience behind us, jumped in the car, and drove the 2.5-hour journey to Kalmar Castle, which was hosting another traditional Swedish Christmas market. This time, K was totally into the … Continue reading Christmas in a Castle

The Abyss of Holiday Cheer

I would like to share with you the wonderful experience I had at the largest Christmas Fair in all of Scandinavia.  I would like to describe for you the ideal Dickens holiday setting.  How this 1800s manor has been perfectly preserved, with the mill houses situated on the rushing rivers powering the water wheels, how the barns and stables and smithies have all been converted … Continue reading The Abyss of Holiday Cheer