Christmas Spending, Time Or Money?
December 23, 2016 5:32 PM

Christmas Spending, Time Or Money?
Me taking a breath today while doing my last Christmas shopping.

My favorite part of Christmas is the food and spending time with my family. But of course Christmas also represents giving, and receiving, gifts. In other words, Christmas is all about spending time and money with and on each other.

Now imagine if we spent as much time with each other as we spend money on each other every Christmas season - wow!

In Sweden:

- Last Christmas season we spent more than 70 billion SEK (7.59 billion USD) on Christmas shopping. This year Swedes are estimated to spend about 77 billion SEK (8.3 billion USD).

- Swedes spend on average 7 000 SEK (760 USD) per person on gifts and food during the Christmas season.

- We spend about 100 - 500 SEK (10 - 55 USD) on a Christmas gift to each other.

- We spend about 500 SEK (55 USD) on a Christmas gift to ourselves.

In the USA:

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Of course things are always fun to give and receive, but I think that the most valuable gift you can ever give someone you care about is your time and affection. Both free, but priceless, gifts.

Happy Holidays Everyone! :-)

Source: cityshoppa.se

//A.L


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Christmas Is A Comin'
December 11, 2016 3:07 PM

Christmas is just around the corner and though we have not gotten any real snow here in Karlskrona in Sweden yet, the holiday spirit sure has arrived.

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My Frosty. :-)

Today we celebrate Advent third, which means we light candle number three of four in our Advent candle sticks.

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My Advent Candle Stick. (Read more about our Advent traditions over at --> Advent in Sweden.)

This Tuesday we celebrate Lucia's day, which means we watch and listen to Lucia and her followers sing Christmas carols. Below is a video I recorded a few years ago of a typical Swedish Lucia parade.



Another tradition on Lucia's day is to eat lots of yummy Lucia buns.

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This year's freshly baked Lucia buns made by my sister, so good!!!

To help me count down the days until Christmas Eve I use my chocolate Advent calendar, a Christmas tradition I never get too old for. ;p

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Thirteen more chocolatey days to go!

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Diva, my sister´s doggy (11 years old), never gets to old to keep an eye out for Santa. ;)

Now all we need is some snow to go along with this year's Christmas. Happy Holidays everyone!

I have written more about how we celebrate Christmas in Sweden over at -->Christmas In Sweden.

//A.L


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