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I wonder if zombies ever feel like they are going through life like humans? It seems to be worse in the winter, that troglodyte feeling, of shuffling from bed to work to home to bed and around again, arms outstretched, feet flat and clomping.

The sun was out today, and I would have stretched to it and turned, following like a flower, in fact I could feel my yearning pushing at the walls of our office building. Alas, by the time I left, it was pitch out, dark like it was 10 o'clock, and it was only a few minutes after 4. I know that the earth is slowing down, the swing is reaching its farthest point, and it will tip over soon and begin its long return to the light. I feel it in my bones, but my eyes don't believe me when they strain to see.

It's not dark because it's raining or because it's snowing, or because it's night. It's dark because it's dark. The sun has gone away from us, or we have gone away from it; it makes no difference, it's dark just the same.

The house is filled with a quiet sense of evening, of night, of dark. There are no candles burning, because for some reason, I am not a candle person. I mean, I like them, and I appreciate them, and when I am somewhere where they fill a room with their flickering dance, it makes me relax and fall into a candle-trance...but I forget to light them at home. The advent lights, those simulated candelabra, shine steady, no flickering, in strategic windows around the house. They glow from every corner, they make my skin turn gold.






When we lived in our apartment our first year in Malmö, I would often stand at the balcony window and look out at all the windows filled with triangular advent lights. Almost every window had one, and in a wall of over a hundred windows, the effect was fairly impressive. Every now and again there would be a "straight" advent candelabra, instead of the traditional pointy ones, and I would think, "DEVIANT!" and chuckle.


The usual suspects


No prizes for guessing which child made the "mad tomte" :D

Golden, Glowing Birthday Wishes to lady_chai and kachunknorge
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music: Sånger för Livet—Ave Verum Corpus


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That mad tomte is a riot! Very nice Christmas-cosy pictures.

We can't light candles. One time when the power went out we lit five candles, two of which were those little tea candles, and it set off the smoke alarm.

Lovely pictures Liz, so warm and cosy, it gives a feeling of pepparkaka and warm glögg.

Love the angry Tomte!!

Wonderful wonderful pictures. They gave me shivers. (this coming from the grinch herself) And I love the mad tomte.

Liz, I dig the mad tomte too... What an interesting tradition! I've only read/heard about tomtes a little bit, here in the US, and the first time I remember hearing it was in an online RPG, 5-6 years ago. I'd like to make some, but how/where do you get the little stocking cap? Craft stores maybe?

To be honest, I'm not sure...I suspect that either the kids are making them with one of those kid-friendly "knitting" things or the teachers are doing them. I have no idea if you can buy them, but the fact that we have SEVERAL tomtes with the same gray/red hats, that were done different years, in different classrooms, makes me wonder if they aren't store-bought. I would guess Panduro in that case, which is a big Swedish craft store chain

Love the pictures! And yes, you buy that stocking cap stuff on a roll at the craft shop. :)

Love the little Tomte. lol

You house has that comfort glow. It is great! Thanks for the pics!

Love the photos, it looks so gemutlich!

I really wish I had purchased one of those white triangular advent candles like the one you have when I was there ... next time ...

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Ohhhh..the photos remind me of last year in Sweden at this time! I hope you've remembered to mark each of those wonderful creations with name and date, I've learned that years later I can't remember who made what ,when - well...usually who! Love, Lizardmom

Your house is so much like I imagined it. Warm. Cozy. Bountiful. And I loved the line, "they make my skin turn gold." Mmmmm.

Liz, your words always fill me with a wonderful glow. Thank you for my moment in your spotlight!

Mysig! Perhaps next year, I can give full rein to my decorating and love for light and hopefully next year, I will be living a LITTLE further south, where it won't be quite so dark for quite so long.

Oh! The pictures in the dim winter light just make it look so cozy. Vilka fina tomtar! I bet Mr. Tomte does get mad on occasion though so she probably has it pegged just right ;

About ten years ago, I spent Christmas in Geilo (Norway). I remember how amazed I was that we only got about 4 hours of light/day. The sun seemed to rise at 10h30 and set at 14H30. No wonder everybody there drinks so much.

Wasn't the sun wonderful yesterday?! Unfortunately, I was to busy keeping the furnace full of firewood to go outside and enjoy it. They should have a 4-month-siesta here so everybody can just hibernate during the dark and cold months.

Oh, I agree!!

(Anonymous)

What a perfect glow all over your house! I am in love with the advent lights. I am always loving the electric candles people put in their windows - now I have my own windows to decorate, oh dear!

:) Samiam

The photos are lovely! Thank you for beaming some golden light into my Friends list. :)

Your Ralphie icon is cracking me up :)

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