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From the Christmas jack o lantern.

They are predicting snow for next saturday, so this may be the last market for this year.  

 Not many vegetables left.   
Then it’s time for helping with the Christmas Smörgåsbords at Djurby Farm where we live, and then also time for making miso and koji, skiing and other winter activies. 

I’ll be back at the market in spring when the weather starts warming up again. 

We are helping out this year at the Open Christmas for the homeless, lonely and the far away from home in Uppsala.

Volunteer elvs getting ready

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Christmas dinner

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Djurbygård, the farm where we live and garden has a lodge for community get-togethers.

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For quite a few years now the farmers family has been serving a traditional Julbord, or Christmas smorgasbord. It has become very popular, so in all, they set the buffet about 25 times.

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Home cooked dishes from the farm or local producers, like various kinds of pickled herring and meat from the wild.

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And much much more.

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Many of us living on the farm chip in.
I help too. I peel potatoes and dry dishes. And get to eat a lot of fantastic leftovers.

Christmas eve is the big holiday here dedicated to family, food and presents. Christmas day is the day after – the day of contemplation and rest and play. On Djurby farm we all get together somewhere in nature.

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This year we had a camp fire by the ‘ski slope’ so that the youngsters could sled, ski and snowboard. The older folks sit around the fire roasting sausage, drinking coffee, and talking.

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Returning home using a ‘kicker’ or sled walker (it goes quite fast if icey)…

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…to lots of music and lots and lots of leftovers.

Annandag Jul – the day after or Boxing Day is a traditional holiday here too. Our family always goes somewhere special for an excursion.

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Because there was too much snow for hiking in the wild, we took a drive to the local castle (Wik Castle) and walked around the park viewing the woods, lake and buildings.

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Happy Holidays!

Ingrid Marie apples to store away for Christmas.

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It’s a darkening time now until Winter Solstice and Juletid (Yuletide) so it’s good to have some apples to brighten the spirit.