God Jul and Happy Holydays of dark Winter
We are back from far northern Sweden, and I am convinced Tomten do scramble about in the Night (which is all the time) cleaning, drinking milk, spooking horses, making sparks in fresh laundry. The wind comes straight from the Arctic, and that desolation rings in the very ancient rhythm of the dark Winter, drinking in coffee by the fire and chewing on an extra helping of reindeer.
With the addition of schnapps, an entire restaurant is convinced to run jacketless into -20C evening to dance around naked woman statues.
Some christmas numbers: 4 flights, 2 hours of sunlight, 7 bowls of rice porridge, 3 christmas tables, 2 santas, countless drinks, several pounds of extra post-fat. Already mentioned -20!
There have been rumors that Jews in England have celebrated the Christmas holiday for many years, un-secularly, unlike the super size Hanukkah of their American brethren. That’s as yet unverified. We did gather together nine candle holders for an improvised Svensk Hanukkah.