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Old 11-02-2008, 07:47 AM
 
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We eat a lot of Knäck, and open our gifts on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day (yeah I know it's a bit strange, but it's traddition in Sweden).
In our town we have a 10 Meter high Christmas tree on the town square.
But no one here has Christmas lights on their properties or houses.

How is Christmas spirit at your place?

Btw does anybody live close Candy can lane in Woodland hills (or were ever it is)?

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Old 11-02-2008, 08:07 AM
 
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Wow, Sweden? That's pretty interesting. Christmas here (in Florida) is, well, not very cold. No white Christmases, no walking in a winter wonderland. I want to move somewhere else, and the place must have snow. No exceptions! Also, almost everybody decorates. Lights on the houses, those blow-up decorations. Most people open their presents on Christmas day, however we all get one present on Christmas Eve. Some people open all of their presents on Christmas Eve too, but, as I said most of us just open them on Christmas day.
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:17 AM
 
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When I am able to attend, our family has a traditional Swedish dinner from the early part of the 20th century. My Grandparents and most of their siblings moved to Connecticut and NY during the Depression and carried the old world traditions to this country.

Korv, baked Ham, boiled potatoes, lutefisk (yuck) which eventually gave way to something more sensible like Cod or Haddock, Swedish meatballs, Swedish Baked Beans, lingonberries, etc. and plenty of GLOGG! Too many deserts to mention though.

An addition. Almost forgot the home made Limpa bread. The dark variety.

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Old 11-02-2008, 08:41 AM
 
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We also have a Swedish dinner back in Iowa on the 24th. My grandmother makes meatballs or noodles and lingonberries.

Then we open our gifts at my grandparents, and again at my house with my immediate family on Christmas eve.

Oh Christmas day we just have stockings, one nice gift, and my other grandmother comes over and we have another Christmas dinner. Then we all get drunk.




We always put lots of Christmas lights up inside and outside our home, along with everyone else in the city. I would say probably 80% of people decorate to some degree, although in our neighborhood every single house had lights up.

The weekend before Christmas our city (20,000 people) has it's annual Luminaries. It's over 40,000 white bags that are filled with a small amount of sand and dropped off on every 3rd crack along the city sidewalks. Then the residents put candles in them and everyone drives around the city to view all the Christmas decorations and the "aisle of lights". It's all volunteer, but everyone participates. Then you are in charge of cleaning it all up by 9am the next day. Businesses around the city donate all supplies.
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