A very belated ¤ Feliz Navidad ¤ God Jul ¤ Merry Christmas ¤ Joyeux Noël ¤
Can you believe that it has almost been a week since Christmas already!? O is working again, but fortunately only for 2½ days before he has another week off from work.
The surfers have been out in the water every day during Xmas – enjoying the strong winds and high waves…
Both O and I wished that we could have been with our families back in Europe, instead of celebrating Christmas on our own in Puerto Rico… But it could have been worse and in a way it was good that it didn’t really feel like Christmas – we could just pretend that it was an ordinary Wednesday (except that O was not working)…
Photo from the Christmas fika we had a few weeks ago.
Nevertheless, we celebrated Christmas the best we could – on the 23rd (Lillejulafton or Little Christmas Eve as we call it in the south of Sweden and in Denmark) we had a traditional Swedish Christmas meal with Swedish B and her Puerto Rican husband N – who was very happy to hear the only Swedish Xmas song he knows; Just D’s Juligen😀
Our traditional Swedish Christmas meal on the 23rd
On Christmas Eve it was raining the whole day and our plans to spend the day on the beach were cancelled. We spent the day inside, opening presents (in the end we had quite a big pile under the tree), drinking glögg, listening to Christmas music – I actually cried a little when we listened to ABBA-Agnetha and her daughter Linda’s Christmas cd* and watching parts of the Swedish classic Fanny & Alexander while O dashed out to buy my Christmas present…
One of my breakfasts during December… enjoying left-overs from the Christmas fika!
In the evening of the 24th, we were invited to my Spanish teacher’s family’s house for a Puerto Rican Christmas – we brought a basket with Swedish goodies: pepparkakor (ginger snaps), glögg (mulled wine), sill (pickled herring), snaps (flavoured vodka) and some turrón (Spanish almond cake)! The dinner was yummy; arroz con gandules, lechón asado, pasteles (first time that O and I really enjoyed pasteles!) and both tembleque and arroz con leche for dessert. And of course some home-made coquito! Christmas Eve turned out really well in the end… great food and great company (minus the nasty mosquitoes – why always me??)
In the end we had quite a few presents under the tree!
I hope that you had a very merry Christmas wherever you were, and that New Year’s will be as good!
PS I have included quite a few photos from the last month since I finally found the usb-thing for uploading the photos from the camera…
¤ Feliz Año Nuevo ¤ Gott Nytt År ¤ Happy New Year ¤ Bonne Année ¤
*) I have the album as a LP at home in Sweden but my parents had sent me the cd as a present – that cd IS Christmas for me!