Category Archives: Christmas

Episode #50 Red Wine and Gatorade

On today’s episode of Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow, we catch up on winter break activities, new museums & new restaurants. Also, roller skis are weird.
 
Available anywhere you get your podcasts or at these links:
 

Merry Christmas from Pigs without Pants

I’ve always thought pigs on cards at Chrsitmas is a strange thing. Apparently, many places eat ham for Christmas dinner, so this somehow equates to pig cards, pig cookie cutters, pig ornaments, etc. It’s just weird, especially when the pig is happy or also excited about Christmas. Just seems cruel.

But one thing I’ve noticed…. no matter where you are in the world… pigs don’t wear pants.

Merry Christmas. I leave you with these words:

We are all the same in this world. No matter what country you live in, pigs don’t wear pants.

Swedish Christmas from a Swede

On this holiday edition of the podcast, we re-visit our Swedish friend Sam to fill us in on Swedish Christmas traditions, such as, why is everyone watching Donald Duck?

Available anywhere you get your podcasts or at these links:
iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7
Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg
Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

Screenshot 2019-12-05 at 10.23.40

Well what did they expect?

Screenshot 2019-12-10 at 15.10.21

( I do love that these are the headlines in Europe.)

#47 All Hail the Christmas Pig

This week on the podcast, Marta, from the popular Instagram and Blog, A_Girl Who Travels, talks with us about her spontaneous move to Stockholm. We also discuss the many flavors of sill, tips on what to buy for relatives back home, and the mighty Christmas pig.

Available anywhere you get your podcasts, or at any of these links:

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/

Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

Screenshot 2019-12-05 at 10.28.39

All of the other reindeer USED to laugh..

I had to go to the grocery store to buy reindeer for dinner tonight. I plan to tell the kids that these were the reindeer that just didn’t make the cut for the holidays. (Then I’m going to throw just one cherry tomato into the mix).

IMG_3363

Ok, here’s the horrible list

I ended last week on a nice note with beautiful Christmas music.

So now here’s my list of TERRIBLE Christmas music! It’s a great list to have if you want to get rid of holiday guests.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/563SjwRd9aKl8s9QNTRmw5?si=mJd13JqeRvG-tDiEQhPSow

Screenshot 2019-12-05 at 10.37.19

Actual nice Swedish Christmas music

Most years, I share my list of horrible Christmas music, but today, I’m sharing some Swedish Christmas music that’s actually very nice!

So if you have Spotify, and would like some very beautiful Christmas music, check out my list:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1K02pO8YQ6WmHfWVxSCpdL?si=MFQoXSuGQta1j5mv9fwNxw

Screenshot 2019-12-05 at 10.33.57

Have Yourself a Merry Lidl Christmas

On today’s podcast episode about life in Sweden, Carolin, born in East Berlin, fills us in on the similarities and differences between Sweden and Germany.
We also discuss Christmas television culture and why it’s ok to shop at Lidl.

Available anywhere you get your podcasts or at these links:

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7
Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg
Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/
FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl
Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

wreath.jpg

Worst advent calendar ever!

Screenshot 2019-09-20 at 09.58.48.png

#45 What Does the Swede Say?

To celebrate our one-year anniversary of the podcast, we turn the tables this week and talk to a Swede!

Available anywhere you get your podcasts and at the following links!

iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y2ysn8c7

Spotify – https://tinyurl.com/y6phnugg

Main site – https://iceandsnow.se/

FM Player – https://tinyurl.com/yy84yqcl

Podbean – https://tinyurl.com/y5umw273

Screenshot 2019-11-21 at 09.11.10

Gingerbread contest

Every year at the Architecture Museum in Stockhom, they hold a gingerbread house making contest during the month of December. There are different categories for professionals, teams, and amateurs. Each year has a theme (this year’s was “luxury”), and everyone votes on the best in each category.

I took the kids to see the entries. Here are a few:

This inspired us to go home and make our own “luxury” gingerbread house. Here is the result of our efforts:

Gingerbread house and hot tub

Bob comes home from his job at the bank to find his wife Barbara in the hot tub. Notice that the hot tub is almost the same size as the house. Also, their house is made of gingerbread. Luxury!

 

 

Merry Christmas!

From http://www.sebastienmillon.com

il_570xN.676615789_jitj.jpg

We may have a Christmas goat, but Austria has Krampus

On this very special Christmas podcast episode, Clara from Austria compares some Swedish and Austrian Christmas traditions, we talk about the strange quirk Swedes have about not taking the last of anything, and we learn a bit more about growing up Austrian under the shadow of Krampus.

https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/7-we-may-have-a-christmas-goat-but-austria-has-krampus/

or anywhere you get your podcast- Just type in “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow.”

Weihnachtsbaum mit roten Kerzen

Wax on, wax off

Yesterday was Lucia day here in Sweden, the holiday where we celebrate St. Lucia and the light in the darkness this time of year.

Two things fascinate me about this holiday:

1. The major fire hazard

2. How does the Lucia get all that wax out of her hair?

Well, the answer to number one is that there is always somebody nearby with a bucket of water (this was my job last year). And yesterday, I found out the answer to number two when I talked to the girl who was Lucia at a concert I went to. She kindly allowed me to take a picture of the wax in her hair (most of which had already fallen out), and I was able to touch some and found that in fact, it did crumble and come out right away. I always figured the Lucia went to the hairdresser to cut everything off on December 14, but I am glad to know now that the wax does come out.

IMG_9290

#6 Lucia Day has Major Health and Safety Issues

Rachel, from the UK, discusses her hatred of saffron buns and Lucia, why you can’t name your kid Ikea here, and lots of talk about stabbing!

All on this week’s podcast episode of “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow.” Hope you enjoy it!

https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/6-lucia-day-has-major-health-and-safety-issues/

6lucia

#5 Julbord and Dog Sledding

The latest episode of the podcast is up! I talk to Melanie from Michigan who is competing to enter a dog sledding race! We also discuss Christmas markets and Swedish julbord (the big Swedish Christmas dinner). Take a listen. Hope you enjoy!

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/se/podcast/5-julbord-and-dog-sledding/id1440431070?i=1000425085098&l=en&mt=2

Main page – https://iceandsnow.se/podcast/5-julbord-and-dog-sledding/

Spotify –

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1DagYlCQRSqcyycK6eXir9?si=5d2ppUNvSUuejQC9CoYKaA

or

just look up “Life in the Land of the Ice and Snow” wherever you get your podcast!

sill

Goat on Fire and weird pizza toppings

My latest podcast episode about living in Sweden is up – A discussion of weddings in Sweden, strange toppings on Swedish pizza and why setting a 43-foot tall straw goat on fire has become a yearly tradition.
Hope you enjoy it! http://iceandsnow.se
or Spotify- https://tinyurl.com/yc87ncn6
or iTunes – https://tinyurl.com/y6tvl63r

goat copy

Climbing Clown

On our recent trip to Estonia, I left my family in a small shop filled mostly with Russian souvenirs and trinkets, which went along well with the very Russian man running the shop.

While I was off trying to find cash so my son could buy a Russian hat, the proprietor started trying to sell things to my husband. Though there were no Christmas decorations anywhere in the store, there was a small mechanical Santa Claus that would climb up and down a chain near the cash register.

The man asked in a thick Russian accent, “You want buy Climbing Clown?” referring to the climbing Santa Claus.  “This Climbing Clown. You like? You buy!”

I guess he calls it Climbing Clown until December, because it just wouldn’t make sense to sell a Christmas item in November. Pretty clever guy. Luckily, I showed up just in time to substitute the hat for the “Climbing Clown” purchase.

climbing clown

Ding! Ding!

One of my favorite Christmas gifts from my husband about 3 years back was this hotel bell.

One of my husband’s biggest regrets in life was getting me this hotel bell.

He gave it to me because he thought it might come in handy any time I was sick and needed something in bed. And it has come in handy – for WAY MORE than that!

DING! Can you bring me a glass of water?

DING! Did you remember to make reservations at the Italian place?

DING! How come Netflix isn’t working?

Sure, I could get out of bed, but why do that when I have this nifty bell? I just want to make sure I use it a lot so my husband knows how much I enjoy his thoughtful gift.

DING! Thanks for the bell! By the way, can I get some tea?

%d bloggers like this: