Christmas Eve is "it" for Swedes. That is when presents, food and liquor happen - all at once. Here in the US it is all about Christmas Day. In an intercultural marriage and family, we get to do both - yey! This year, Dave and I will start Christmas Eve by Skyping with family and friends in Sweden, who by then are sitting in the dark of a December afternoon, watching vintage Donald Duck cartoons on public TV, opening presents, drinking mulled wine and eating oven baked ham and all the fixings.
Dave and I are going to a candle light service at 7 pm in one of the many old and beautiful churches here in Saint Augustine. Then we'll get up and do a traditional Christmas morning with presents for the girls and fresh French croissants for breakfast. And THEN, if it is warm enough, we'll go hunting for shells and sharks teeth on the beach!
Merry Christmas dear friends and family! And thank you all so much for the very nice compliments I have received on my writings.