We spent today running errands and preparing for tomorrow. Here in Sweden Christmas is celebrated on the 24th, right after a special Donald Duck/Disney cartoon is aired in the afternoon. We needed to get the last minute supplies for both Swedish Christmas and for when I cook for the family on American Christmas on the 25th. Plus special stuff for a fun photo project we're hoping to do in the woods this year: stay tuned for that.
As I had no time to take any photos or eat anything adorable or photoworthy, here are some greatest hits of frosty snowscapes and delicious fika from all my Sweden Christmases!
Airport fika. When you're desperate!
Never enough Taavolagården fika:
These were from a cafe on the way to the Arctic circle:
Nya Konditoriet Haparanda:
Uncle Lasse & Aunt Wuokko's home fika:
Oh look, it's Taavolagården fika AGAIN!
And the snow. Magical, beautiful blankets of the stuff, crispy crystalline chunks frosting up on everything. *sings let it goooo*
Frosty fingers growing from the porch railing at my sister-in-law Jessica's house:
Early afternoon sunset, Haparanda:
Frozen road to the IceHotel, Arctic Circle, noon, winter solstice:
Heading home from the Arctic Circle:
Beautifully blanketed sauna and kitchen houses at Uncle Lasse's cabin:
Haparanda woods after a big Christmas storm:
The gingerbread house we made with my niece Sydney, nestled in the woods; a fairytale come to life:
The rail bridge to Finland over the Tornio river:
Haparanda giants in their heavy winter coats:
Trees at Kukkolaforsen, frosted perfectly:
Kukkolaforsen trees showing off their snow furs in the sunrise:
Sun setting over the Swedish side of the rail bridge:
Looking forward to Christmas dinners with the family. Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday, wherever you are!