Our Christmas holiday started last Friday with a bus trip to Västervik on Senior Svenssons’ double-decker bus on one of the year’s busiest days of travel in the midst of a snowstorm. Miraculously, we made it in just over 4 hours, only 15 minutes late.
From Friday night through to our return to Stockholm on Wednesday evening, we gathered around the table – many tables actually – of family and ate and drank to our hearts content – and then some. We enjoyed the gorgeous winter scenes in the few hours of sunlight which reached our northern latitudes, and lit candles and fires in the cozy evenings.
Friday was in fact the shortest day of the year with sunrise at 8:44 and sunset at 2:48 – 6 precious hours, all of which were cloud-covered. No matter, the snowy wonderland brought the perfect white Christmas. And the next day, a slushy soup ensued overnight from the cold rain. Now the streets and sidewalks are a dirty, icy mess – so much for my cross country ski training, for now at least.