While in Slovenia, we will be going to a parade for the feast of St. Nicholas, which is practiced in several European countries (not Sweden). I’ve been excited about seeing the St. Nicholas parade because I think it will be so fun to celebrate a holiday we have never seen before. I tried to explain this to my older child a few weeks ago. “So there’s St. Nicholas, who is NOT Santa Claus, but he’s like a bishop…. and then there’s these angels, but there’s also devils to punish the bad kids…..”
My son: “I don’t understand. Christmas? Devils? Are they going to hurt the kids?”
Me: “Well, it’s just a parade.”
My son: “Is it like a Halloween?”
Me: “No, it’s a Christmas thing, but in the old days…”
My son: “I don’t know if I want to go if there are devils.”
Me: “Forget everything I said. We’re going to a parade where they throw out candy.”
My son: “Yeaaaaaa!!!!”
Different culture simplified. The world is allright as long as there is candy.
My family and I are taking a vacation to Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. I know what you’re thinking.
A. Where is Slovenia?
B. Isn’t it just a gray place where people eat goulash?
Actually, no! Though the looks I get from people when I tell them we are taking a vacation in Slovenia are between a half-smile and a worried look in the eyes. It’s like they can’t decide whether they should be happy or feel sorry for us.
It turns out, the city actually looks like this:
Although, it is winter now, but then it’s covered in Christmas lights. Gorgeous!
But if you guys keep wanting to think of goulash peasant towns, go right ahead. I think we will keep this little gem all to ourselves.
Breakfast this morning was pumpkin muffins, pie and …. a carrot – because you need something healthy. Do my kids even realize how lucky they are to have an American mom that considers leftover pie and cake to be breakfast foods? They’d rather have grapefruit and oatmeal. Kids don’t know what they’re missing.
Today will be day 3 of Thanksgiving leftovers. (We celebrated on Saturday.) I feel that I may soon turn into a combination of sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. I’ve forgotten if other food exists. Maybe I’ll venture out to the grocery store today and see if people eat other things. I have no memory of food before. I know there are such things as pie, but that’s as far as I stretch. I’ve been hearing of something called salad. It rings a bell. I wonder if my body can take it. I shall experiment tonight – after my green bean and sweet potato lunch.
Happy Thanksgiving to all in the U.S.
Happy Thursday to Europe!
Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. This is the time when everyone meets family, eats too much, watches football and schedules wisdom teeth appointments so they don’t have to miss work or school (did this once the day before Thanksgiving – popular time at the oral surgeon’s office). Note to others – consider how much you want to eat the Thanksgiving food before scheduling teeth surgery.
Back to the topic.
Obviously, it’s not Thanksgiving in Sweden, though they should thank us a bit because we are responsible for cranberries finally being sold in stores this time of year.
Like most Americans over here, we will be celebrating on Saturday when everyone is off work. We order sliced turkey (I don’t have time to cook that nonsense) and make green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with praline topping, cranberry sauce, pumpkin and pecan pie. The great thing about being the only American in the family is that Thanksgiving is all the food I like and nothing that I don’t like. I just don’t need to tell anyone about the dishes I’m not interested in (stuffing).
The funny part is that my Swedish husband actually cooks everything. He’s much better than I am at all these American dishes. Sadly I can’t return this favor on Christmas Swedish meatballs.
So Happy Thanksgiving and if you aren’t American, go support the day by eating some cranberries, turkey or pumpkin. Or basically eat anything you like, but be sure to stuff yourself until you fall asleep.
At the moment, the temperature in Houston, Texas is the same as Stockholm, Sweden. This doesn’t happen often. The other thing that doesn’t happen often is for Texas to get snow before we do!
While I’m very glad for the kids in Houston to have snow (this only happened twice when I lived there), I still have to laugh at how big a news story this is. My favorite is, “share your snow and sleet photos!” Since it didn’t specify Houston, I’m thinking of sending one of my 500 pictures from last winter, which I’ve conveniently placed alongside the Texas article here.
You ever have one of those days where you think, “man, my hand’s been hurting for like 15 minutes” then you look down and your thumb is covered in blood?
Yeah, me too.
This is a sign of winter. Apparently if I take my gloves off for 5 minutes to pick some music on my phone, I pay for it with dry skin and bleeding sores.
I bought some of those special gloves for using the phone in the winter, but I lost them two weeks ago. I’d buy another pair, but it’s only a month until Christmas so maybe someone will buy me some. I have a few pairs of normal gloves to last me until then. Maybe I’ll cut the top of the thumb off the gloves for phone use. Poor-man’s phone gloves!
I’ve gotta get a band-aid now.