The fourth candle is lit and although the house is decorated from head to toe in Christmas spirit, we will not be here for the holidays. Jay is already far away across the Atlantic (read here) and me and the kids will also be back on the road again for the holidays.
On Christmas Eve morning we will get up at 4am to catch a super early flight to Stockholm, Sweden. We will arrive to the summer house just before Christmas lunch with my family. Everyone will be there, only Jay will be missed and thought of as we open gifts, indulge in a traditional Christmas dinner and sweets until we all can fly high over the roof tops with big fat bellies! But even if Jay won't be with us for the classic Swedish Christmas, we will be reunited soon after.
A few days later we will fly to Miami to meet up with Jay and his brother's family in Coconut Groove. The kids are super excited about this part as it has been so many years since we visited the US. Christmas gifts this year are small and fit into an envelope rather than big wrapped up boxes; a sum of cash to spend on whatever they want in America. All agreed upon many moons ago. You can only imagine their excitement, right?
After a New Years Eve spent in good company there will be The Big Family Reunion. Jay's Grandma Flora turned 100 years old just recently and we have managed to collect a good 30-40 family members to celebrate this special event, people flying in from all over the world. We decided on a Cruise to Bahamas. A great place to gather all the people involved in one same place, entertainment available for all age groups, restaurants, shopping and our own cabins if need be to withdraw from the craziness. We are so excited. And my preparation list to be on the road and pull off all this is long. I better get started...
Note: The handmade Dala horse is a favorite ornament, received from blog friend Clare at Selfsewn. Her great talent is hand piecing patchwork quilts. She is A M A Z I N G.