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THERE'S NO FEELING LIKE SNOW FALLING
It's been snowing all day, going from those fat & floaty puffed-up snowdrops; you know, the showy kind that turn into hyperspace when you're in the car at night and turn on the brights for a second, to the tiny crystal glitterbits just being flung about by the wind. We have 4-5 inches, not counting all the drifts from the blowing winter breezes and no end in sight.

Already I'm sure that the prediction about a white Christmas for the first time in 10 years will come true: there is so much snow already down that even if it abruptly warmed up enough to start melting it wouldn't all be gone by Thursday. Hurrah! Snowball fights and sledding and snowmen and shoveling. I don't even mind brushing the powdery piles of cold white diamond dust off the car each time I need to go out. Snow!

All the presents are purchased, and wrapping can commence at anytime. I'm in the middle of what is so far an excellent book (The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson, for those of you who always complain when I praise a book and don't mention the title) and Anders is cooking dinner: his most excellent spaghetti meat sauce. We opened a giant box of Christmas meats that his parents gave us in preparation for Christmas Eve and Anders will be making meatballs later. Then myskväll to top it all off.

I've been cleaning since I woke up, with some breaks for reading, both the book kind and the blog kind, plus a quick trip to the grocery store with my daughter. I woke up around 7:30 and promptly went back to sleep, only to wake again at 9-something with a dehydration headache that wouldn't quit. It took a shower (water on the outside) and a huge drink (water on the inside) before I felt human again. The list of things that have to get done this weekend is already more than half done and I've only got the rest of the laundry (1 load in the dryer and 1 in the wash), the fishtank and 2 rooms left to vacuum. Anders only has 2 things left on MY list that he needs to do, too, and I think we'll be able to relax by mid-day tomorrow and just take it easy.

Strangely, I've only received 4 Christmas cards so far this year...wonder if we'll get a huge pile in the mail on Monday or if this is the year that finally, people have stopped sending them. Kind of a sad feeling, if so. I'll be posting my Christmas letter via email to most people, though I did send out about 15 copies, and suspect lots of friends are doing the same thing. It's simply more environmentally friendly, I suppose, though as I said, it's a bit sad to think that even Christmas cards are going the way of the dinosaurs. We so rarely get any mail in the post, so every letter or card is always cause for a little happy dance. My sister's little boy has actually put it on his Christmas wish list the past two years: real mail, a letter every month. And I'm ashamed to say that none of us have stepped up to give it to him. I'll have to do something about that! I know how excited I am to get mail, it's a shame not to be able to make someone else happy for such an easy and simple thing.

Snowy Blowy Winter Wonderland Birthday Wishes to My Darling Wee and a Bundle of Belated ones to ms_jacket!
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mood: happy
music: Hummity hums: computer / laundry


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I was just voicing the same sentiment re: Christmas cards and their disappearance from snail mail. Last year I sent out 25 cards; received one. This year we will see if we can beat that.

I love doing a Christmas card and I love receiving one. Electronic cards, even with photos of my friends' kids, just aren't the same. You look at it once and that's it....it sits in your email inbox "closed" forever.

Real cards, on paper stock, with photos of the family....those get kept in a drawer and we take them out from time to time, compare them with other years' photos, watch how the families grow and evolve. We love everything about them...especially the real handwriting!

I've been holding steady at sending out about 35-40 cards and I actually keep track so that I only send cards to people who send me one. Otherwise it's email :) I got really aggravated several years ago that I was sending out a gazillion and not getting hardly any back, which felt kind of bogus to me. It shouldn't feel like an obligation, but if people can't be bothered even to send ONE card ONCE a year when they don't otherwise keep in touch, then what kind of friendship is that? (or relationship, since it's not just friends that are culprits).

Oops, hot button, I see. Drr...

(Anonymous)
From Megsie

Yay for snow! I have to admit, I always thought Sweden was a snowy place, and every time you talked about it NOT being snowy, it just felt weird. So, all is right with the world now that you have snow. And, Christmas snow at that, woo-hoo! I have four stores to go to today, and minimal wrapping left to do. Just my husband's sister's family, who live in Arizona, and what I buy today. I should be done with that tonight (hopefully). Jeff has started baking and I am still in denial that I will have to get into the kitchen soon. I would rather work on my cards which need to get mailed on MONDAY. Then, I will start cleaning. And laundry. And then...CHRISTMAS. ~Swoon~ Happy weekend to you!

Re: From Megsie

Sweden IS a snowy place, in general, just not so much down here in the very southern tip, since we are surrounded by water on 3 sides. We mostly get rain, which is a real drag after awhile.

I miss the snowy/sunny midwest, and we haven't had a good snowy winter in 10 years, so this is a real treat.

(Anonymous)

I really relate to the Christmas cards disapearing - although I'm happy to report that I've already received over a dozen. Maybe it's because most of mine go/come from those of the not-so computer literate generation, and we are connected more to the tradition of card sending. I also hve plans to send that kid more mail - I started off ok last year, but it quickly dwindled into only the holiday and get-well ones. Maybe someone needs to remind him about the need to reply! HAHAHA! Although I'd even like an email response and he's almost old enough for that! :0 AND Hurrah for the snow in your area- I had more than enough here last year! Love, Lizardmom

(Anonymous)

I love sending out cards (and of course, getting them too), but I have definitely noticed a drop this year. And I have to admit, I no longer hand print my cards and write individual notes in them the way I used to. This year I sent a photo print Shutterfly card and I felt slightly lame. Hopefully next year with a slightly older toddler I can get back to my print work!

Super snow pictures above!! We have snow too but not soo deep, just enough to decorate the rooftops with a lovely icing.

julia@kolo

This year I utilized the online service at Posten.se to send Christmas cards to some of my more distant friends. It allowed me to upload a photo of my own, select backside layout, write my own text in one of three available fonts (however quite boring ones), enter recipient addresses and pay online. All for 15 SEK each, including worldwide postage! The international postage for a regular card is 12 SEK so pretty much the same cost.

(Anonymous)

Yay for the pretty snow. We had enough to cover most of the grass with just little tips showing here and htere but alas it is all melted with the rain last night. So no White Christmas for us. :( Snail mail is on his list again and when he was asked by the dentist what was on his list htat was the first thing he told her. :)As to Lizardmom and the replies..... my fault but he also has replied on email at least once. :)
Love Seester

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