I got home a couple of hours ago and it's getting late, but I'm still wired from Yule
with the cousins, so I'm winding down with a glass of wine in bed
and I thought I might as well do a Yule post.
The drive back was terrible. We've been hit by the same storm that earlier
this week caused complete chaos in London, delaying the flight
my brother's family was on and forcing them to take a different route
and an over night stay in Philadelphia. They arrived in Orlando a day later
than planned and won't be going to Disney world until tomorrow.
Good thing Americans celebrate xmas a day late!
In my family we have always had Santa visiting on Yule Eve,
handing out the gifts - usually a family member or a family friend.
It requires a bit of planning and, when there were 16-18 of us,
several hours of work for Santa. But this year my cousins played it
differently. There was a knock on the balcony door and by the time
the kids had reached it, Santa was already on the street down below,
moving on to the next house (because Santa is magically fast).
But of course he had left bags of gifts on the balcony :)
At that distance the 3 and 6-year-old didn't recognize their grandpa in garb,
he only pretended to go to the bathroom (not a two hour trek to the store)
and could still join in the fun - and the magic of Yule was preserved.
There was some discussion about whether Santa really could fly
or just climb like Spider Man, if he was faster than Lightning McQueen
or whether Tinkerbell's fairydust was involved somehow.
The conclusion was that both kids also wanted to be able to fly.
Now, the food. As you probably already know, pork and herring
(and Snaps) are the most important foods on the Julbord. We also have several
kinds of cabbage, cheeses and the usual add-ons (bread, eggs, potatoes).
As usual I totally forgot to take pictures of the cakes and the insane candy table.
There were at least 6 home-made candies this year, and LOTS of chocolates.
(The below picture is of when I made some chocolate balls earlier today)
Merry Yule everybody!