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Merry Christmas
« on: 24 Dec 2017, 11:35 »


In Sweden, Christmas Eve is the culmination of the holiday season. I thought I'd be working this Christmas, but I worked last night and will be working boxing day. Got off a sleepless shift to find a beautiful winter wonderland waiting for me, covered in deep snow, the sky pink and purple, the air crisp but not too cold, only a few people out and about.

We've now finished Christmas dinner: Chocolate & caramel cake; traditional cookies and fried pastries; assortment of home-pickled herring; cured trout; sous-vide ham and meat preserves; elk meatballs; smoked elk cold-cuts, and, my favorite: slow-roasted deer-calf short-ribs. Beer to wash it all down. Very sweet and thoughtful presents. Somehow my in-laws figured out, without either of us telling them, that I wanted a meat-slicer. I've been thinking about buying one for months to work on some ideas and also to help with preparing meat for shabu shabu, but hadn't gotten around to it. Our nephews had a blast, which meant things got petty loud, and now we're exhausted.

I love this time of year, but I tend to be pretty done with Christmas by the 24th, having taken out my Christmas spirit in advance over Lucia, advent etc. Most of the month is all about feeling and friendship, while Christmas eve is kind of a vulgar and utterly exhausting affair. I've been trying to get away from the whole expensive presents thing so that we can give to charities. Still, despite my reservations, I must say it's nice to celebrate with loved ones. All that's missing is Die Hard.  Hope you guys have a good Christmas and here's to avoiding nuclear war in 2017. cheers
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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #1 on: 24 Dec 2017, 15:09 »

Just returned from 18-course dinner. More details when I return to a keyboard.

PS: not including the fives cheeses.
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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #2 on: 24 Dec 2017, 18:34 »

Merry Christmas!

It's early Christmas morning here. Christmas feast will be in about twelve hours and I'm looking forward to it.
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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #3 on: 24 Dec 2017, 20:15 »

Almost got stuck in the snow trying to leave the in-laws house after a nice Christmas Eve meal


Also this:
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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #4 on: 24 Dec 2017, 20:44 »

Merry Christmas everyone!  We kept it very low key since we just recently moved and are having some pest problems.  We went to Christmas mass which gave us some holiday cheer.

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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #5 on: 25 Dec 2017, 04:00 »

Merry Christmas, lovely people.  :-)

It is now the evening of Christmas Day. We had a very relaxing morning, a long lunch, followed by a rousing game of Punderdome. I won the punning contest, and I would like to give the credit to you all. You've been a bad influence.  :claireface:

I hope you've had a joyful day with those nearest and dearest.
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Re: Merry Christmas
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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #7 on: 25 Dec 2017, 07:40 »

Merry Christmas y'all!
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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #8 on: 27 Dec 2017, 01:07 »


Well,
I'm back at work today and Christmas isn't until the 29th...

But I hope you all had a stunning one!

:)
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