Ramblings from Stockholm

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Post-Christmas Slimming

The slimming ads are beginning to appear in newspapers and TV-commercials again after a short lull over the Christmas season as weight loss companies vie with each other to sell their sure-fire solutions. I seldom pay much attention to these miracle cures, but when I tried on an old dress I had in... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Post Christmas Lethargy

… or late-December blues … they surface with monotonous regularity each year when all the Christmas euphoria is over. I think of it as the body’s way of recovering from the prolonged adrenalin surge that preceded it. Anyway, I had a great Christmas and hope yours was great too. Christmas is more of... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Countdown to Christmas – I Wish You a Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS, folks. Have a jolly good time with your dear ones. It’s Christmas Eve at last. In Scandinavia, we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve (blame it on our impatient viking genes). It is a day for family gatherings. Grandmammas and grandpappas travel to their children and grandchildren... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Countdown to Christmas – Run Run Rudolph

Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent and we're almost there. Our Nordic Santa has just left his workshop in Rovaniemi. He’s a little late, so Run Run Rudolph … it’s Christmas Eve tomorrow. Ooooppps …. oh no, Santa's in trouble. Anyone got a spare?... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Countdown to Christmas – It’s Time for a Scrub

If you haven’t done it yet, it’s about time. In the good old days, the Christmas scrub was a ritual -- guys first, then kids, then womenfolk... in the same tub … but not all at the same time. Perhaps we should return to old habits to keep the environmentalists happy … but in reverse order to keep... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Countdown to Christmas – The Longest Night

Tomorrow morning at 6.08 GMT/UTC the Sun will enter the sign of Capricorn, the Winter Solstice for us in the northern hemisphere. So enjoy your longest night of the year – yay, things can only get brighter after tomorrow. Just a gentle reminder … if you are driving far and wide this season (or any... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Countdown to Christmas – They’re just like us

Royals are no different from us. They have to make their own Christmas sausages too, just like we do. Watch our king and queen one Christmas past -- when they were still young and beautiful – having some family fun with their kids.... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Countdown to Christmas – 5 days to go

Have you ever wondered what a Swedish turkey looks like? OINK OINK http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/customs/Xmas/calendar/day19.html Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Countdown to Christmas – 6 days to go

How would you like to sleep on a bed made of ice, down a whiskey in a glass made of ice and eat your dinner off a plate made of ice? Then you’ll have to make a trip to the little Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi situated 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. There in this village is a hotel made of ice... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Countdown to Christmas – An Eco-friendly Christmas Gift

The Norwegian environmental organization, "Framtiden I Våre Hender" (The Future in our Hands), suggests that a G-streng truse would make a very appropriate Christmas present. It’s something small, doesn’t use much cotton and therefore very eco-friendly. So let’s do what the Norwegians do. Get one... Sign in to see full entry.

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