Photo One of the Weekend: Kenzie and I stumbled upon the start of the Christmas Market in Gamla Stan on Friday afternoon. This market has lots of christmas knick knacks and food including cheese, marzipan, and santa figurines. Also this is at about 4pm and notice how dark it is…
Photo Two of the Weekend: We went to see the changing of the guards on Saturday afternoon. It was entertaining and the guards had a funny run and a side shuffle that they did periodically throughout the ceremony.
Photo Three of the Weekend: We also went and looked around Ikea of course because you have to see Ikea in its native land. There were many very scandinavian decorated rooms and many things that Kenzie and I have in our houses at home.
Photo Five of the Weekend: We were all about the Christmas Markets (Jul Markard) this weekend. We went to one in Kungsträdgården that was much more lively and cheerful than the one in Gamla Stan. It was complete with christmas carols, an ice rink, candied apples, ginger muffins, glögg (Swedish hot spiced wine) and fires to warm your hands.
Observations of the Weekend: Every woman we asked to take our picture immediately gave the camera to her husband/boyfriend/son instead.
There is one department store that kids can go to and get their picture taken with Santa Claus.
Swedes don’t leave out milk and cookies for Santa.
Christmas Eve is when the main celebrations take place and Santa comes to their house and brings the gifts rather than coming down the chimney.
Reindeer are food not Santa’s means of transportation.
Phrase of the Weekend: God Jul (Merry Christmas)