O’s and my first Christmas together, and the first one in a hot place, Puerto Rico – and we are celebrating with my family. It is quite a new experience but I do like it so far.
Christmas Eve started with mango smoothies (prepared by my brother), scones (Swedish-style, prepared by me) and lemon curd (cooked yesterday by my sister) – a nice, fresh breakfast. Then we hit the beach, all six of us! The beach was full of people lapping up some Christmas sun – mostly from the Marriott hotel nearby but also locals who had brought their coolers full of beer. My father was knocked over by a huge wave and his nose started to bleed – we got ice from one couple and tissues from another sunbather, how kind!
Lunch preparations took quite a while and we didn’t sit down until 17.30, but the table was full of goodies – sillsallad utan sill (herring salad without herring, an actual recipe and perfect as we couldn’t find that fish here), gubbröra (a mix of boiled eggs, sardines (should have been anchovies), onion and dill), meatballs, Dubliner Cheddar and Edamer cheese (Christmas cheese in Sweden because of the red wrapping), sausages (unfortunately not the small prinskorv from Sweden), vegetarian sausage rolls (my brother is a vegeterian), smoked salmon, a Brussels sprout salad, honey glazed ham (from Costco) and Christmas snaps … And of course some Puertorican beer (Medalla) to top it all off!
My sister and O have persistently tried to put the gingerbread house (pepparkakshus) together despite the crooked pieces and it is almost ready now – just lacks a few M&Ms for decoration. In the meanwhile we have been watching Donald Duck and his friends on youtube (a Swedish tv tradition for the last 40 years or so) and handed out the Christmas presents – among other things, O got three Wallander dvd’s (based on the Henning Mankell books) from my parents and I got the Lonely Planet for Argentina (destination in 2008?).
Now we are drinking glögg, eating homemade pepparkakor and watching Love Actually. O is supposed to prepare a Spanish dish with lamb and poor people’s potatoes (??) and I guess that we will eat it Spanish time… i.e around midnight! Tomorrow we will have our traditional Christmas day turkey and some trifle for dessert (instead of Christmas pudding).
A great Christmas Eve despite the sunshine and heat 🙂