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THERE IS ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR
A week is too long. I start to stumble and slide. My temper slips, and slithers a bit. I don't know how single parents do it, I honestly don't.

Anders is home, even if for just a one-night-stand-stop, in the midst of his business trip, and suddenly I'm walking on sunshine again. :) It helped that the SUN was also walking on sunshine again today. How many days in a row is that? I've lost count! UNPRECEDENTED! It's been a magical autumn with all the unaccustomed sunshine we've had in Sweden, long may it continue! It makes it so much easier to deal with the encroaching darkness when the actual daytime is dayLIGHT.

I came home to a kitchen table absolutely HEAPED with American goodies! He read my journal while he was in the States and saw the mentions of all the things I forgot to put on the list, and absolutely EVERYTHING was there. I can't believe he didn't dislocate a shoulder lugging all of it home in a suitcase. And even a present that wasn't on the list: a Christmas sweater from my favorite store (who don't have an online business, which, hello, what is up with that?)! A soft and cuddly black with a little embroidered santa figure on the front! I'm thrilled that he thought of it, because I haven't had a Christmas sweater in years. He even found Christmas presents for the kids AND brought back some stuff for my brother. :)

With Thanksgiving coming up this week, yet another one spent far from home, far from my mom and sister and brother, far from the happy, laughing hum of relatives playing bridge and cousin's conversations in every corner and boardgame players sprawled out on the floor, a little taste of home was a defiinite pick-me-up. We are hosting our annual Swedish-American Thanksgiving bash this weekend, and will surround ourselves with good friends and excellent food and that helps, too.

I love that we expats take the time and the energy to import our treasured traditions and make them a part of our lives, even here in Sweden. Easter egg hunts, Halloween costumes, a Thanksgiving feast, stockings hung by the fireplace bookshelves with care and colored lights on our Christmas tree. They fit right in with, and even enhance our melding of Swedish and American traditions. Throwing a 4th of July party doesn't detract from celebrating Midsommar, it just means we have 2 things to be thankful for as the daylight reaches its longest point. Opening gifts with Swedish family on Christmas Eve doesn't detract from the presents that "Santa" leaves under the tree on Christmas morning from America. Even though we must hold our Thanksgiving feast on a Saturday since there is no 4-day weekend here, it doesn't matter, as the things we are thankful for are still enumerated and celebrated.

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That is so awesome that he did that!!! He sounds like a super nice guy!

WOW! Go Anders! What a sweet man to surprise you will all the goodies you forgot to mention before he left. :)

I love the fact that you celebrate your American holidays with your family and American friends in Sweden. I am all for more holidays. The more the merrier!

FABULOUS! Enjoy your goodies!

wowie zowie! Hurrah for Anders. It's so wonderful to have so much abundance to be thankful for.

Sorry Anders is only home for 1 night but sounds like ka-chink you hit te jackpot of American goodies!

(Anonymous)
happy

Happy Thanksgiving, even if you have to be far away from your family.


What a lovely surprise to come home to! :)

We have had unusually sunny weather here too for almost two weeks running -- I love it as it makes my commute just beatiful :) Supposedly more to come until Friday when the rain is supposed to start back up again.

And over here on this side of the pond, I keep trying to incorporate as many of the Swedish (Christmas mostly) holiday traditions as possible...

Isn't your HUSBAND supposed to be doing that?? :P


Your reply to my comment just trickled in via email (stupid LJ!) so let me say for the record ;-)

Yes, YOU'D THINK SO :) But, he's horribly forgetful about these sorts of things. Or rather, you never know for sure what he'll remember when ;^)

Thanks for the wishes!

(Anonymous)

What a very good husband! So thoughtful - sigh, please tell me they grow into that.

Incorporating traditions - an absolute must, I would say. Even when you stay in America, you've got to figure out how to share and meld the holidays (as I'm sure you remember. Or have you guys always lived in Sweden? I'm drawing a blank here.)

And again, three cheers for Anders! He rocks!

~samiam

What a sweetie Anders is!

And yep yep to celebrating our traditional holidays. I'll be making a Thanksgiving feast this year for my Swedish family and friends. In fact we've even recorded some American football so that we can have the whole atmosphere just as it should be. The Swedes are excited about the chance to live one of my traditions for a change.

Angie and Kristian usually bring a football tape, I hope they don't forget this year! :)

I completely forgot this weekend was Thanksgiving! The local "California Pizza" is having a Thanksgiving buffet. I will try to go get some takeaway.

Glad to hear there's more of a celebratory spirit where you are!

Anders...Ek....

Anders Ek. In german that translates to ....Different Corner. it kinda fits....

Ship me my booty as soon as possible!! I demand goodies from America be shipped Overnight!!!!

Tell your Hubbie thanks a garillion.
Gotta go back to work,
Your loving Brother,
JOhn

Re: Anders...Ek....

It's not that much so don't get all excited. He reserved the good stuff for ME! 2 cans of cheddar cheese soup (which might or might not make it to you...muahahaha) and 2 containers of country time pink lemonade :)

Re: Anders...Ek....

Remember that Shampoo that I have of yours? I was thinking that maybe Simone would love it also....That is if I DONT GET MY CHEDDER CHEESE SOUP!
I am now holding it ransom, and yes I know you just recieved some from Anders, but it cannot be a lifetime supply. eventually you will break down and get me my soup and lemonade.....and then your poodle will be happy to recieve some Shampoo and Conditioner...

PPPPPBBBBB!!!!
Your Loving Brother,
John

Re: Anders...Ek....

curses. foiled again.

(Anonymous)

I've been feeling so un-Thanksgivingy this year but your post helped me to get in the spirit. Thank you.

This will be my first real Christmas in Sweden (I was here once as a visitor and the last two years I went home) and I'm trying to figure out how to blend in some of the American Christmas. I'm up in the air about colored lights. I grew up with them and adore them but I do also love the candle-lights they have here. I think Erik wants those... I did buy some multi-colored balls for the tree, though. I can't just have straw ornaments!

I'm really curious to know how you manage to keep both the Swedish Christmas Eve and the Christmas day celebrations (I'm already stressed about figuring that out even though kids are years away). When do the kids get their presents from you?

Kudos to you and Anders for making the confusion work!

-Amylou

You can always take turns each year with the colored vs white lights :) Anders has gotten used to them now and even likes them. (at least he has said so) I can't imagine a tree without them, frankly.

When we're in Sweden, we usually spend Christmas Eve with Anders parents and his sister's family, so we give and open gifts to and from them then...and have "Santa" come to hand them out, although I'm not sure we'll bother this year since the kids have twigged that Santa's a fake. So, he comes to deliver the Swedish ones first, because after all we are so close to the North pole and then he flies on around the world, etc, and fetchs the American presents on his way back and drops them off under the tree during the night for our American Christmas morning. We have stockings too, which Swedes don't typically have. :) It's worked just fine every year. They get our presents and the ones from my family on Christmas morning as well as 1 more "big" one from Santa.

Yaaaaay!

Hurrah for the safe if brief return of your heroic Anders. I'm sure he's gotten TONNES of brownie points for the extra goodies and the sweater! What a man! :)

As for Thanksgiving, I'm a bit jealous actually. I haven't had a proper Thanksgiving dinner since I've been here. I really should invite some people over and do dinner. Hmmm... not a bad idea, but I don't think it will happen as I need to be saving my pennies for Christmas and for going to Arizona in January!

*hughug* Congrats on your booty!

Re: Yaaaaay!

We do it like this so that we don't have all the work, and our friends love it and look forward to it every year! We do the turkey, mashed potatos, stuffing that is IN the turkeys and gravy. We invite up to 12 or so friends plus their kids and each couple (or person) gets delegated something they want to make, so one brings pumpkin pie and one brings green bean casserole and one brings cornbread and one brings a sweet potato dish, etc. etc. It works perfectly! :)

"I love that we expats take the time and the energy to import our treasured traditions and make them a part of our lives, even here in Sweden. Easter egg hunts, Halloween costumes, a Thanksgiving feast, stockings hung by the fireplace bookshelves with care and colored lights on our Christmas tree. They fit right in with, and even enhance our melding of Swedish and American traditions. Throwing a 4th of July party doesn't detract from celebrating Midsommar, it just means we have 2 things to be thankful for as the daylight reaches its longest point. Opening gifts with Swedish family on Christmas Eve doesn't detract from the presents that "Santa" leaves under the tree on Christmas morning from America. Even though we must hold our Thanksgiving feast on a Saturday since there is no 4-day weekend here, it doesn't matter, as the things we are thankful for are still enumerated and celebrated. "

So well said! My motto: Any excuse to celebrate!

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