We rented a small Swedish house in Bromma, fully furnished for 3 weeks. There, we hosted Anna-Karin, Lennart, Derkjan, Camilla and Phillipe for Christmas eve (dinner). It is a tradition in Sweden to celebrate on the 24th of December.
Susanne's parents catered for the day and did all of the cooking, which was great. We had Smoked salmon (no prizes for guessing that one), herring (same), smoked eel, meat balls (again no prize), honey glazed ham (I did this one), potatoes, beer and load of schnapps. A real smorgasbord!
Santa (aka Lennart) trecked through the snow around 9pm (or it could have been 3pm as it was dark then too and I'd had a few schnapps by the time he arrived) and delivered the presents. Oscar and Isabella were intrigued and of course loved to get more gifts.
The next morning was spent opening a few more gifts (thanks everyone) and digesting the rich food and drinks for the night before.
Muddy needed a walk so I put on my (and his) warmest gear for a walk in the forest next door. The snow is very deep but there is a path. It is incredibly quiey wallking through there and every now and then you have to stop to appreciate the silence. Occasionally someone will cruise past on their cross-country skis. I walked on the frozen lake the other day then realised I could see bubbles through the ice as I walked and decided to get the hell off it. So far I have seen one deer and a fox.. both would have made good hats.
Bromma house for 3 weeks
Lennart dishing out some pressies
Derkjan on Christmas eve
Santa makes an appearance
Car gararge for Christmas
Chrismas morning - more presents
Good thing my you had my nuts removed or they would have frozen off by now
Would you dress like this to take your dog for a walk. - 16 degrees here