I started my Julafton a bit special, with a plate of Santa porridge and a saffron bun, watching the "Uppesittarkväll" from the Swedish TV from the night before.
With our new home, we have talked a lot about what new traditions we want to install for our two day Christmas extravaganza. We always have (and always will) celebrated both the 24th and 25th.
Not sure every year will be as good as this year though, as this year we are lucky to have family sharing the holidays with us.
A White family photo.
(Which is the only family photo you'll get from Julafton... as the Watson family photo ended in tears after someone stepped on someone's toes, someone got growled on and... well, usual stuff for us really...)
Martin, Pia and their kids came to celebrate with us as well.
Caitlin and Linnea had made place cards for everybody, and we had found some perfectly suited napkins at Clas Ohlsson!
I knew that I wanted to do a Swedish Christmas lunch on Christmas
Eve, as that is MY Christmas. A lunch like the one we have been going to at Anna's for
the last many years. I didn't do mine as big though, as there was only 12
of us all together, 6 adults and 6 kids.
The food served was a joined effort between Pia and I, and we had only gone for our favourites: meatballs, herring, cured salmon, Christmas ham, sausages, Janssons Frestelse, beetroot salad and prawns.
Even in Abu Dhabi, we watch "Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul" - the hour long traditional Disney Christmas shorts! (Notice our two extra guests? Ponio and Watson (!), the two little dogs from next door that have come over to visit a bit this week, since they are home alone only with their maid at the moment.)
Linnea and Lucas got to open their Christmas presents from Mormor and Morfar, as they celebrate on the 24th - and Nathan even got to open one present, since he was going to be needing it for the following morning... new Christmas jammies!
Then we started the long wait for the kids to go to sleep, so we could make sure Santa got in safely! After the treats for the reindeers, the beer for Santa and all the other presents were in place, it was time for a well earned sleep!