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TIME FOR JOY AND TIME FOR CHEER
Karin was going crazy in the days leading up to Christmas: the anticipation was too much for her. She couldn't sleep and she counted down the hours like a proper OCD sufferer, mentioning the fact that it was "nearly Christmas" almost every hour of the last couple of days. On Christmas morning I found her asleep on the living room sofa...she hadn't been able to fall asleep in her own bed.

We had our usual Swedish/American traditional mix of celebrating: Swedish on Christmas Eve with Anders' family over, a Swedish julbord made by Anders and his mom that included homemade meatballs and home-baked sourdough bread: YUM, and Kalle Anka at 3 o'clock on Swedish television. In the beginning it was very hard for me to sit through an hour of DISNEY shorts on Christmas eve...it seemed the most bizarre of things to do, but it's grown on me. Anders said it was the fifty-fourth year in a row that Swedish Television has broadcast Kalle Anka. Then we opened presents from his parents and one gift each from under our own tree.

After the kids (finally! it's getting harder as they stay up so late these days) went to bed, we finished wrapping stocking stuffers and put the last few things under the tree. I expected we'd be up early thanks to Karin, but because she had such a hard time falling asleep, we actually made a late start to the day. We got up around 9:30 and opened stockings. Then the family rule is showers and breakfast before we tackle the tree ("More torture!" according to Karin). Everyone was very pleased with their presents and the reception of the gifts they gave, and the kids declared it the best Christmas ever. I got a wonderful gift from my mom and great presents from my family as well. We had a fabulous turkey dinner complete with all the trimmings and I made corn souffle after finding cans of creamed corn a week ago at the American store: SCORE! I have certainly gained something like 20 pounds this month, so January will have to be a serious belt-tightener.

It's hard to believe that Mom is only here today and tomorrow and leaves the day after. It always goes too fast. WAY too fast. She's off to Germany on the 28th to stay for 3 weeks with my brother. Their baby finally arrived...on Christmas Eve! So now we have a second little German-born boy in the family: Jakob Liam who gave Simone a much harder time of it than they expected, though everything came out alright in the end and Sammo is now a big brother! We can't wait to meet him, though it will probably be summer before that happens.

Tonight is dinner with friends and tomorrow the AWC Glögg fest...there are not very many people signed up, but it should still be fun. We won't stay late since Mom has to have time to pack. Wah! On Saturday, I'm picking up my friend Camilla on the way to drop mom at the airport and then she and I are going to Debbie's for a sleepover. That will distract me from missing mom, anyway!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and that the rest & relaxation continues through the season. XOXO to you all and God Fortsättning!
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The rule in our house was that you had to be dressed (and not just dressed but dressed up, in seasonal finery) before you were allowed downstairs, and all the kids had to come downstairs together. Three of us would be up at the crack of dawn...growling at the fourth, who would pull the covers back over her head. The torture!

So glad that your mom was able to be with you for Christmas, and that little Jakob Liam finally made his arrival. It sounds like you had a lovely holiday. :-)

my sister and I used to get up really early and go sit in the living room and admire the tree for an hour before we made my brother get up so we could open stockings :)

From Megsie

Welcome to Jakob! I hope Simone is doing okay. Growing another person is hard work. We had a lovely two days as well. It sounds like yours was PERFECT. I am so happy for that. Merry Christmas, Liz! xoxox

Re: From Megsie

They went home 3.5 hours after she gave birth, so it seems everything was fine, after the long labor! I think I would have stayed the night! :)

Merry Christmas Megsie!!

(Anonymous)

And Merry Christmas to you too dear Liz!

-Heather

Ditto! I hope you're having a good holiday!

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