On Dec. 13th, which was St. Lucia Day, we went to IKEA for dinner. They served up a Swedish Julbord (pronounced yule-board), which is a Christmas smorgasbord filled with all sorts of fishy things and pickley things.
On the drive there, we had some fun trying to convince our kids that going to a furniture store for dinner was going to be worth the 1-1/2 hour ride. It's not just a furniture store. It's so much more!
And of course after dinner, we walked the store. Like there was even a chance we wouldn't.
two weeks ago, so I borrowed the recipe and Rosette irons from my Rosette-making resident. Look at that old recipe card, covered in oil from all the many times he's used it while making Rosettes.
In this picture Kaitlin and Oma are manning the Krumkake irons. The Krumkake turned out great and were delicious.
The Rosettes on the other hand. They didn't turn out very pretty. Those things are HARD to make! Total new level of respect for my Rosette-making resident. Then the Rosettes got burned because someone put them in the oven to keep them away from the dog, then someone else pre-heated the oven without knowing the Rosettes were in there. So we didn't eat the Rosettes, but we had the experience of trying to make them, which is something every descendant of Scandinavians should at least try.
Sarah also helped me make some paper chains while we watched The Voice finale.
I made the snowflakes and paper chains for work. On Wednesday I had a Christmas party for my residents and I got it in my head to transform their community room into a Christmas winter wonderland.
I have parties for them throughout the year. But for these Christmas parties I close the doors and tape up plastic on the windows so that they can't see from the lobby into the community room. Then I go to work decorating the room. One of my joys is to see their expressions and hear their exclamations of how wonderful the room looks.
I couldn't do it without my mom. Each year she has come and helped me decorate and serve. This year my aunt Barb came too. I'm glad they were both there setting the tables, because it took me a long time to hang all the snowflakes and garlands.
We use real tablecloths on the tables, not the usual plastic rolls. And set out our own dishes from home. Each year the residents tell me that I don't have to go through all the trouble of hauling our dishes from home. "Just use paper plates," they say. But that's part of what makes it special. It's worth the trouble I think.
The residents asked me to keep the decorations up so they could enjoy them longer.
When I went to the store to return this box of Christmas lights, the worker-lady thought it felt funny and made too much noise when it was shook. She opened it up and there were my stamps & tool & ink. Because of course that's where you put your stamps & tools & ink when you are done using them. Gah!
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