Today it has officially gone below freezing. You know what that means – I now switch to the winter coat! But that’s not really what this blog is about.
As I sit here in my very dark living room at 10am in the morning, I think about what I have to do to get through the dark Swedish winter every year. After 13 years, I’m starting to figure it out.
1. I use a special sun lamp for 1 – 2 hours a day.
2. I take Vitamin D every morning as well as forcing my family to do the same. I think my oldest son suspects I’m poisoning them since he keeps saying he never sees me actually eating the vitamin. (I do.)
3. I start looking forward to winter treat and candy days. The only way to get through is to have something to look forward to. I look forward to every Sunday advent where I allow myself to have a special Christmas pastry.
4. I read books about people trapped in the desert burning up.
5. Plenty of hot chocolate, lattes and tea.
Of course, when I relay this list to a life-long Swede, they generally laugh and say, “The rest of us just buy a ticket to Asia in January and get out of this place.”‘