Tuesday, January 5, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! (Monday, Dec. 28)

Kära familj och vänner,

It has been a wonderful week here in Stockholm. Christmas was wonderful! I'll give a little bit of explanation about Christmas Eve with the Bishops Family...a real traditional Swedish Christmas, and then what we have been doing over the last couple of days. I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas. I hope Santa was nice...but more importantly that you all could be with those you love, and celebrate the season together.

Ok, Christmas Eve...or Jul Afton....we went to the Bishops house about 1:00pm and helped get the last minute food prepared and ready to eat. Then, we ate Jul Bord....which is from a smörgåsbord...which we have taken to use in english as a buffet of many different options to choose from. Well, that's exactly what we had. We ate all the traditional Swedish Christmas food...here's just a few of the things: meat balls, salmon, pickled herring, mashed potatoes, cheese, bread, brussel sprouts, red cabbage surprise...I don't really know how it was prepared...., prince korv or fancy hot dogs, and barbecue ribs (I think that's something they just throw in), oh and jul skinka...which is a special Christmas ham with mustard and other stuff on the outside....very tasty.

So as you can see...we had a wonderful meal. After we ate, we played songs on the piano, sang, read the Christmas Story out of Luke, and watched Kalle Anka. Kalle Anka is Donald Duck in America. Here's the tradition...many years ago when there were no cartoons on the tv everyday like we have now, there was a special day....Christmas when they would play some of the old Disney classic cartoons on Christmas Eve for everybody to watch. Well, from then on, even though you could watch Disney here everyday....they still play some of the old Disney Classics as clips at 3:00pm every year on Christmas Eve. We got permission to watch it, and it was fun to see some of the oldies på svenska.

The evening continued with a visit from Jul Tomten....or Santa Clause. We each received a gift from him, and then we played games, ate a little dessert and visited the rest of the evening. It was wonderful. A lot of things were similar to the things we do at home, there were lots of us around the the whole day was really nice.

On Christmas, we had a nice Christmas Breakfast with some of the Sisters who live close to us. I make German Pancakes, and Sis. Swenson made a quiche. They both tasted really yummy. We also went to a dinner at the Glovers on Christmas which was really fun. Oh, and the highlight of the day was getting to talk to all of you!!!!! I'm so glad I got to hear all of you around the phone. It was so good to know...and hear that you are all doing well. I'm so glad I got to talk to you!

Other than that, we spent a lot of time on Saturday planning for this next week, and then yesterday we had church, and a dinner with some YSA's...to talk to them about missionary work. I really have had a wonderful week! I hope all of you have been able to rest a little bit, and that you have a wonderful week again this week.

Oh, by the way...in advance...Happy New Year....or Gott Nytt År! I'm sure 2010 will be awesome...please take care of yourselves and know that you are in my prayers. I am grateful for all the gifts, cards, thoughts and prayers you have all sent my way. I appreciate all the support you all give to me.

Sister Suzanne Wood