We normally go to Rome and the “Nonnis” (the Grandparents) for the holidays, but this year we decided to spend Christmas at home since it’s been a while.
I really love the Swedish Christmas and have this dreamy idea of how it should be. And this year it was just perfect! We even had snow! Quite rare for this period.
After a long breakfast we headed out to our sunny winter land to the nearest “hill” (there aren’t many in the flat South of Sweden).
The boys had so much fun with the “pulka” (sledge), going downhill, running up and going down again.
After playing in the snow we headed back home for lunch (traditional different kinds of “sill” (herring), eggs, sausage etc. and to enjoy the rest of the day – with Kalle Ankas Jul (Donald Duck’s Christmas) on TV, opening gifts, eating ginger bread and drinking glögg.
Each family celebrates Christmas in slightly different ways. But watching Kalle Anka on TV at 3 pm and opening the gifts afterwards is pretty much a common tradition for everybody.
Even dinner was according to Scandinavian traditions with meatballs, Janssons frestelse, Christmas ham etc.
The boys’ best Christmas present by far this year was a racing track – the same I had (well, it was actually my brothers’) when I was little. The one with two cars/tracks, joysticks and loops. They went to bed pretty satisfied that night, and so did we!
The day after, we flew to Rome. So we got a bit of the Italian Christmas as well. The boys get really spoiled with gifts when we come here. They are always the main attraction for family and friends! While “Babbo Natale” (Santa) is the main attraction for Emil and Marco 🙂