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So far, we've had 4 weeks in a row of grey cloudiness and ONE day of sunshine. Bleah to November in Skåne. I remember when I was pregnant with Martin, due in November. It started raining in September and it rained for a year and a half. Non-stop. I swear I'm not making that up. This year, at least, it hasn't been raining every day, but I could really do with a few more sunny winter days. Don't get me wrong, we had a BEAUTIFUL summer and an extremely sunshiney fall, but I want more. It's amazing how much the weather in Sweden is the hot topic for all expatriates. The temperature difference isn't that much from what I was used to the in the Midwest, but the lack of sunshine really is a drag. Good thing it's clementine season!!

Today's Thrill: There is nothing like seeing something I designed come back from the printer, whether it's a poster, a brochure, a book, a newsletter, whatever. It gives me such a rush. :)

I read or heard somewhere a couple of years ago that 99% of all Swedish households own at least one Advent candelabra.* I love them! They light up the gloomy afternoons and evenings all over Sweden, and really help you get in the Christmas spirit. When we lived in Malmö, in an apartment building, there was one in EVERY single window. We used to joke that the windows sporting straight versions of the usually triangular advent lights were deviants...or immigrants. Last year, Anders' parents gave us their metal advent stars to hang in the windows as well. They'd had them since they got married. :) They're gold and perforated with tiny holes in decorative patterns to let the lights shine through.

*Did you know the plural of candelabra is candelabrum? rum pum pum pum
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That is one gorgeous picture! We have NO Advent candelabrum! We do have multi-branched candlesticks with real candles, which I don't light because the plants would crisp up, but for some reason, Herr Scrooge here doesn't care for the Swedish lights. In a week or so, he'll get around to putting up the semi-Las Vegas style lights we bought in the States!

Las Vegas style? cha cha cha! :) are they colored and blinkie?

They are colored AND blink, although I refuse to have the blinking going on for more than a few minutes. I loved those older colored blinking lights, remember the larger bulbs? And they all blinked when they felt like it, but nowadays, they have to blink in some kind of pattern, which drives me NUTS! Plus I think the larger colored bulbs were prettier too. But then I remember bubble lights the first time they came out, way before they cost like $10 for a string of 7 and half of those burned out the first week!

I LOVE the large bulb colored Christmas tree lights. They really mean Christmas to me, and are how my idea of a Christmas tree SHOULD be decorated. :) Funny how our childhood trees are the prototype for how things should be when we're adults. I've had those bulbs on my tree for years, running on a transformer here in Sweden. Last year was the first time I finally gave them up for the little colored bulbs instead because hum of the transformer drives me nuts :)

Jag är svensk och äger ingen elektrisk adventsljusstake. Förmodligen är jag ensam om detta i hela landet.

Well, there you see it, 2 people on my friends list make up that 1% that DOESN'T have one! hahaha :)

We don't have one either (I think). The way I see it, is that Swedes are one candle shy of a menorah.

I can relate on a weather front. (hee, pun unintended)
The first winter I moved to the UK (I relocated in December, can we say 'durrrr'), it was unbelievably dark and grey and wet. I HATED it. I was SOOOOOO affected by the climate. It made me even more homesick than I would normally have been. I HATED it. Then when I had my first English summer, I could see that it was worth it. This is now my 8th winter here. I still dislike the darkness, but I am much more chilled out about it nowadays. (heehee, another pun!)

I love the candelabra. The English don't really have anything that beautiful. Unfortunately, the tradition of plastering your house in a haphazard way with unsymmetrical multicoloured, sometimes flashing gaudy displays has moved over the ocean from the US and is now firmly taking hold here. It's BIZARRE!!! (but also extremely funny!)

Don't get me started on puns, purrthecat, you'll regret it! LOL! In regards to the bizarre English Christmas traditions, don't they wear silly little paper hats on Christmas?

I love adventsljusstakar. :) They are the best! Swedish xmas decorating is much much better than American. I like it simple. Not overdriven :)

That photo is just gorgeous!! I really want one of those but of course it's a bit odd when it's bright sunshine until 9 at night :) But still, I have to buy one. They looked so gorgeous when I was over there.

Candelabrum?? English is so funny sometimes (when it's not a pain) and now I'm thinking of bears. Brum, sa björnen.

Brum? is that what bears say in Swedish? LOL!

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