...To Christmas Day. Time will fly! Time will fly, for sure! I have to admit, though, that I love this time of the year. Strangely enough I have a soft spot for cloudy days. In a way I really get energized from a gray day, isn't it strange? I can remember back to when I was a little girl, out shopping with my Mom. Every time we went into one of the department stores in Vällingby (suburb outside of Stockholm) I so wished for the weather to turn cloudy while we were inside the store shopping. At that young age I already appreciated a good "fika" (coffee or tea break, VERY common in Scandinavia) with lit candles on the table. For some reason, when i look back to our shopping days in Vällingby, it is always fall. This season is so special, all the leaves are so beautiful, the weather is (hopefully) nice and cool. You are bundled up...AND you have plenty of opportunities for a very good "fika". If I were living in Sweden now I would already have had experienced the first blizzard of the year. That blizzard hit Stockholm about a week ago. Also, in Scandinavia, the days are short now, cold and dark and probably very gray and probably rainy and/or sleety OR snowy. Do I miss that??? Yes, I do! Oh, I can hear all my friends and my family screaming right now: "SHE'S NUTS!!! November is the worst month of the year!"
But again, there is something so darn cozy with the dark, the rain, the snow and the bare trees. Yes, I do realize that I might be painting a pink shimmer around it. I hear myself, but I still stand strong to my words.
ALL RIGHT!!! So, folks, only 49 days left until Christmas! Are you ready for it? I am waiting for both of our families to draw a name from a hat, the person you'll pick is the person to whom you are buying a Christmas gift. Kids are excluded, all kids in the families will get gifts from all of us. But for us adults it is only one present. However, now we might change that in my Swedish family, we might draw two names this year (this is something Staffan, Lisa and I just came up with while they were here).
Do I mind buying presents??? No, GOD NO!!! That is also a favorite of mine. Yours Truly loves a shopping mall around Christmas, LOVE!! I thrive in there, I buy good gifts and I will be nursing a Pumpkin Spice Latte in the meantime.
I love checking off the list, person by person. For my Swedish family I pretty much already know what to get each and every one of them. For my American family I am not as sure, but that'll work out.
AAAhhhh...the season is upon us! All the decked out malls, all the glitter, all the beautiful Christmas songs, all the gift wrapping, all the excitement!
I own four HUGE boxes full of Christmas decorations, jammed packed. When Thanksgiving is over I'll start decorating the house, and I enjoy it tremendously. You can only have kitch around once a year, and that time is Christmas.
Jeez, just listen to me! It is not even mid-November and I am raving about Christmas! Well, friends, I am sure you all realize that this is just the first post about Christmas that I am writing this season. When time is nearing we will discuss Christmas songs, Christmas movies, trees, decorations and so much more.
Until then we will enjoy the fall! And then we, in the US, will celebrate Thanksgiving! One of my favorite holidays! Until then...Ciao!