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Time stretches and compresses and suddenly days have gone by without warning; this is how the year flies, how they all fly, until suddenly you're aged and wondering where your youth and resiliance went.

The house is full of Christmas glitter if not yet Christmas cheer: the windows are full of advent candelabra and golden Christmas stars, we've put up the snowman card holder made from felt by my great-aunt, the garlands of red and gold beading, the hand-knit personalized stockings, the cinnamon candles and santa figurines. Years worth of little tomtes made by the children are crowded into a red and white pile in the playroom windows. All that's missing is the tree and we'll be out for that next weekend. I pray it doesn't rain as tramping through the knee-high grassy swells and dips in the nursery lots is hard enough when it's dry.

The annual Christmas letter still isn't written and I've only made a stab of a start at Christmas cards. I'm not in the mood, somehow, for them this year. Maybe because they seem to be an obsolete and fading relic. Though it's the one time of year when people actually DO send snail mail, it's starting to feel like an archaic tradition; and like the phone books, another huge waste of paper. Much as I have always loved Christmas cards, both giving and receiving, it feels more and more like a practice that is on the way out.

Karin and I were out yesterday and bought Martin's birthday present, as well as a present for a birthday party she's attending next weekend and a few stocking stuffers. I'm not done with my shopping, though I'm a good bit along the way. It's mostly the little things left now and one or two more people still on the list.

This week is full up—book group tomorrow evening, picking up Lizardmom from the airport on Tuesday morning, doctor's appointment Wednesday morning and choir practice that same night. Then our work Christmas party on Thursday and Martin's birthday on Friday. To round it off I'll be singing in 2 concerts on Sunday, both at elderly care homes in Malmö. Though our choir is much diminished, we're still determined to get out there and do our annual rounds. The following week is busy, too, but then it starts to taper off until the holidays actually hit. I'm taking Fridays off all month (and all of Christmas week), which feels good. I think I really need the break.

It's beginning...only beginning, but that is fine with me, to look a lot like Christmas.

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Sounds like you are staying busy Liz. Three day weekends all month AND the entire week of Christmas off? Oh my! ;)

I took off from the Club 2 hours early, at 4PM instead of 6PM on Friday, to be able to take Erik to his school's skating party. That felt really odd, as I have had such a fun first full week open! I am considering taking off for Xmas Eve day, as well as Xmas Day... a 3 1/2 day weekend, since I have classes on that Saturday before.

Have fun with your mother visiting, and have a wonderful holiday season! :)

You do need the break. I'm still not in the Christmas spirit yet but at least I did make a dent in the shopping. We need to tidy up before we haul out all the Christmas mess. One of these years I'll be more organized!

It sounds like a packed schedule - you poor thing! Perhaps the general busyness takes away some of the joys of the season. I love Christmas in Sweden much more than I did in Australia because it is far less stressful and full of appointments.

I think it's mostly us expats who persist with Christmas cards. I send out the ones I want to and have ceased worrying about whether people send one or not - I do it because I like it.

I hope you bacome infected with a little Christmas joy - it makes this dark time of the year so much easier. Maybe having lizardmom around will help. Or do I need to send Lambi to Skåne?

Yes! You need to send Lambi to Skåne! Along with yourself! :)

Just send that chauffered limo and I'm there :)

I haven't done anything on the Christmas card front, either -- ack! But, at least our shopping is almost done. (My extended family has embraced the Simple Christmas approach, and we're all having a lot less stress as a result.)

I'm envious of your tomptes. At least there will be a Julbok at Mom's, though... :-)




give extra hugs to Lizardmom for MEEEEEE!


Re: lizardmom!

LOL! I surely will :)

It does feel that way re christmas cards but even *I* can admit that is a crying shame :)

It's beginning here too, to look like Christmas a little bit over the last couple of days after spending most of Sunday at the Holiday Market helping friend Jim to do his shopping for family and after spending the wrapping paraphernalia across the living room floor yesterday.

Christmas cards as a tradition have come and gone and come again for me, meaning that for several years I only sent out one or two to aunts and such. Now over the last few years I send out maybe ten. My list has grown this year though. And when I was a young mother the list was long and intolerable.

It is so nice to get snail mail and to hear from folks afar. It makes me conflicted sometimes on the entire time stress of the situation. Fortunately my gift shopping has been much simplified this year by beginning early and buying books for many of my gifts. As well as having made blackberry brandy back in blackberry season.

Glad to hear that you, busy munchkin, are taking Fridays off.

Do you know the "Moomintrolls?" Please check out the story called, "The Fir Tree." I think you will enjoy it.

Have a good time with your Mom and please tell her "Hi" for me. (My Mom will be here later in the month.) It seems like the time between Thanksgiving and Xmas goes by in a blink. Although I love the tradition of Xmas cards (and sent them for decades), I finally gave it up a few years ago. It does seem sort of wasteful now re the paper and postage has gotten so expensive. The ones I still love are the family photo ones. Somehow I think the paper versions of those will never go out of style.

I agree with you, though I prefer it when my friends do a whole family shot and not just their kids. :)

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