Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas 2011

The dogs get their present first.
We spent the afternoon and Christmas Eve with our neighbors.  The family tradition is that all family members bring their dogs and take them for a walk on Svedberg hill.  It is the dogs time to meet and play together.  What a great tradition.  Ralle had a great time since the majority of the dogs were female.  Everyone got along.  We all had a great time.

The Gang
Christmas gathering

 Everyone brought something to the dinner table.  We decided to bring "carnitas" with all the fixings.  It is a very tasty mexican dish.  We used flower tortillas (the corn tortillas here are not up to par) for the creation of the tacos.  The swedish traditional dishes were great.  We all had a great time at the dinner table eating, talking, drinking, singing, and toasting.  A big tradition here in Sweden is to watch "Kalle Anka" on TV on Xmas eve.  Donald Duck here is called Kalle.  This tradition began in 1959 here when TV was in its infancy.  They show clips of many Walt Disney cartoons.  A great time was had by  all.  We miss being with our family this year but being invited by our neighbors to join their Christmas family gathering makes our hearts warmer.

Ents in the mist.
The following morning, Xmas day, Neta and I took Ralle for his daily walk.  The day was foggy and the leafless trees came alive.  We were humbled by their stature and age.  It was fun walking about when everyone else was either opening presents or spending time in their PJ's slumbering around at home.

We also fed the ducks with our day old bread.
During our walk we also came across giant aliens that have not yet made their intentions known.  It is truly a time of wonder, imagination, and opportunity.

What do they want?

One day we will know.

It is good to be alive.  To our family we send our love and know that our thoughts are always with you.

Merry Christmas to all.

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