Today is Mom’s birthday. I won’t say how old because it’s not polite to talk about a woman’s age, but let’s just say that telling people she’s 39 again this year probably isn’t going to work! Many people think it’s unfair to have a birthday so close to Christmas, but as a wise women once (or twice…) said: “life’s not fair”. But we always made sure to celebrate Mom’s birthday – no merging with Christmas. Setting up the Christmas tree was often done on Dec 20th. However nowadays I think the tree goes up much earlier along with a “whole whack” (Mom’s term) of other tacky and not-so-tacky (just kidding, they’re all tacky) Christmas decorations. Or as I like to say, “all of that Christmas crap”.
But Mom really does love Christmas, especially the lights and decorations (and probably food and family as well). I remember as a kid going downtown to the Woodwards building to check out the big Christmas window displays. Even though Mom couldn’t see so well she really enjoyed it. When we were in Stockholm last weekend we saw a similar display at the large Swedish department store Nordiska Kompaniet. Each year they design a new set of Christmas windows which are wildly popular. We were there early in the morning before the crowds got out of bed so we took these pictures that I thought Mom would enjoy. You can check out the NK website to learn about this year’s vintersagan (winter story) although it’s all in Swedish.
Happy Birthday Mom! We hope you’re enjoying your vacation from all the “little pukes” at school.