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For the past 8 or 9 years, I've participated in an AWC event on Thanksgiving evening. It's nothing to do with turkey or tryptophan or football or parades because none of that exists in its American holiday form here in Sweden. Instead, our Thanksgiving celebrations with friends and/or family has always been scheduled for the weekend after (or in the case of this year, the weekend before). Because the fourth Thursday in November is just a regular workday here, it's been a pleasure to have a holiday event scheduled on that evening instead, something that has now become a tradition and that many of us Americans look forward to every year: the wreath-making workshop.

It's held at a florist shop down in Höllviken about a half hour south east of Malmö and is run by the owner, Rosa, who is a lovely and accommodating woman, and organized by my friend Debbie. We pay 50 kronor for the "class" which includes fika (glögg* and juice, gingerbread and a coffee cake) and then we pay for any additional materials we use in the making of our wreaths. I usually make a large wreath to hang on the door and then a centerpiece for the table.

This year, I had the kids with me. Since Anders is gone, it was either that, or cancel my participation in the event: unthinkable! So I asked the kids if they wanted to go hang out at Debbie's house or if they wanted to come with me, and they were just as eager as I to get busy making wreaths! There were 9 of us, including Martin and Karin, and it was a lovely evening. Martin made a smaller wreath that we have put on the coffee table in the living room with a candle in the center (it actually got a dusting of gold spray paint after the photos were taken). Karin made a centerpiece that includes a poinsettia, cinnamon sticks and gold thread, and I made a big wreath to hang on the front door.

Today Martin went up in the attic and handed down all of the electric advent candelabras that every Swede puts in their windows at Christmas time (the rest of the holiday decorations have to wait until Anders is back since they're in extremely large and heavy boxes) and now the house is really beginning to get that holiday feeling. NOW, it feels like it's time for Christmas! I'm more than half done with my gift shopping now, and I'll be starting Christmas letter and cards tomorrow. Give it your best shot, Stressmas, I'm ready for you! :D

*mulled wine served with almonds and raisins
mood: cheerful
music: Rickie Lee Jones—Living It Up

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She's 9.5 going on 21, actually. :D

Yes, she's been growing like crazy...I'm going to do a clothes purge quite soon, as she's growing out of everything. All that squishing I do gives NO results.

Lovely photos

Having annual events is nice, allows you to remember the years in a special way.Sounds like you had a wonderful evening.


Re: Lovely photos

It was really fun, as always, and fun to have the kids along as well :)


The wreaths are so pretty!! There is definitely artistic talent going on here!


All inherited from ME, of course! HAHAHA!

Oh Liz, they look fabulous. All of you are so creative and I think some kind of annual traditions are very important, so I'm glad you didn't cancel. I'm only sorry that I don't live closer so I could have joined you all.

It's hard to believe that Christmas is only a few weeka away. The time these past couple of months seems to have whizzed by at lightning speed. I had plans to do all sorts, but can clearly see now that there will not be enough time to get everything done - oh well, there is always next year.

L-G was never really into the whole decorating thing, which nearly killed me because it's one of my favourite things about Christmas. Yesterday we set up the stars and adventsljusstake and he told me that he has learned to love decorating the house for Christmas just because I love it so much.

I know what you mean about it being hard to believe that Christmas is only weeks away. It's mindboggling how fast the timegoes. I swear it was Christmas just a few weeks AGO!

And how nice about L-G learning to love decorating the house because you love it so much :) I always feel like Anders is just humoring me, when it comes to the decorating.

I like all your wreaths... but your hair color! It's gorgeous! Of course, I am rather partial to red. :)

It was only 1 day old in that photo! I'm really pleased with it, myself. It was LONG overdue :)


Oh Liz...your kids did a super job on their wreaths! They are truly beautiful! I can't wait for Maya to be old enough to handle the wire on her own now! Maybe I'll try a little one with her.
So glad you had a fun fun time! I would love to go but it seems so silly and wasteful to drive 1.5 hour to pay for stuff I have right in the back of the house. Mostly I'd be going for the good laughs!

Carol in Sweden


I know what you mean about the long drive! It's really too much. Karin's didn't require wire since she did a centerpiece. Martin had a lot of help with the wire from me and his wreath is a medium size actually. Rosa said there were small mini wreaths but that they actually are harder to work with because you can't put your hand through once you start with the greenery.


...and Karin's face is looking rather "Unbabyish" didja notice? Oh no...she's growing UP! AGh...what's next?!
C in Sweden


She'll be demanding a moped, next, that's what! :O AAAAGH!

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