Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Happy First Advent

Sunday was the first Advent and here in Stockholm,
that means you can put up your Christmas decorations!

our first Christmas wreath

It doesn't sound like a big deal, but really it is. Waiting through weeks of increasing darkness for the moment to hang our shining star (jultjärna) brightly in the window can seem like forever. And this occasion must not be a day before the First Advent. But as of Sunday, our apartment is full of holiday cheer with Christmas candles (adventljusstaker) and star in the window flanked by red curtains, berries in a vase, and a wreath on the door.

I am also happy to report that my patience for snow has paid off as well - since last Thursday, Stockholm has been cloaked in a beautiful winter wonderland. The temperatures have also dropped to -15C, but I can't say I mind - my super-duper down jacket keeps me warm (most of the time), and when everything is so bright and gorgeous, I can't complain. I just hope this snow keeps up all winter! Now to find my sled...

And a couple pictures from the Gamla Stan Christmas market on Saturday - 


  1. I wish I was at that market with you guys! Canada hasn't quite figured out how to do Christmas Markets... :(

  2. I wish you were too - any plans to come visit in the near future? We'd love to have you!

    And yes, Sweden has the Christmas markets down to a tee :)

  3. I am so glad that you are enjoying this beautiful time of year in Sweden! We will miss you in Annapolis!