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Christmas in Sweden – Rhyming

The Christmas gift poem is not as widely done these days, but some people still practice the tradition. The gift-giver writes a couple of rhyming couplets on their presents, hinting at what’s hidden inside, which is then read out before opening it.

Example (Perfume):

A lovely scent of mystery
in a bottle you’ll admire
a few drops at time
may set hearts on fire.

My husband used to do this on my gifts until we had kids and now we are too exhausted to come up with that many rhymes.



I was watching John Oliver’s YouTube clip about re-gifting this morning. He advised to just re-gift for office parties instead of re-gifting to your friends.  I feel like most people already have that down. A few years ago I was forced to participate in an office Secret Santa exchange. I have no idea what I gave, though I admit it was most likely re-gifted, but my Secret Santa gave me a cookbook. Number one, I’m a terrible cook, so it’s either a horrible gift or brilliant, depending on how you look at it. But more importantly, when I opened the book to browse through it on the way home, I found this inscription:

“Happy Anniversary Darling, from your loving wife.”

Wow. A re-gifted anniversary present? That’s pretty low….. but awfully funny.


I need this

My birthday is in a couple of days.  Is it too late to put this on my wish list?

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90 years

My grandmother is turning 90 in a few days so I was online looking for birthday ideas.

I found a cake topper for sale that said,

90th Birthday Wedding Anniversary

Ok, 90th Birthday.  I get that.

90th Wedding anniversary?  Maybe if you were a child bride?  That’s a pretty tough one to pull off.

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Bigger Christmas gifts

My husband complained that I only asked for little stuff for Christmas and he wanted to get me something big, so I asked for this.  He was not amused.  (Ok, maybe a little amused.)

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Gifts for new baby

I want to get these for some of our family that are about to have a new baby.  Do you think they’ll like them?

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Bad gifts for kids in Sweden

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Gifts for fathers

I’m having trouble finding Christmas presents for my husband.  I went on one website to find typical man gifts, husband gifts, father, etc.  I really feel sorry for men out there.  The recommended gifts were things like, “Rat trap, bucket, broom, and my favorite – one-time alcohol test.”  Again, this was listed under “Gift Ideas” meaning that you are supposed to get these as gifts, not for yourself.

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Millineum Grandma

Just checked Amazon’s “Gift Ideas for Grandma” section. They suggest the Millenium book series. I’m not really sure that’s the right choice for most of the grandmothers I know.

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