People walking on snowy streets

Life Lately, December 2020

2020. WHAT A YEAR! The world has basically being living the plot of Contagion — except toilet paper almost became the currency of the future in the 2020 version.

2019 was an incredibly hard for us and I remember saying “this year has been so awful, 2020 has to be better”. Then the Covid-19 apocalypse started. So I’m saying nothing this time! I won’t even think it. Despite the challenges, we managed to move just before everything went pear shaped, settle the best we can for now, make some new friends and feel happy to be building a life here. I’m grateful for that and my health even if there are plenty of things we haven’t been able to do yet!

As with most other months this year, life in December has centered around time at home (aka trying not to get infected)…

Rocket launch video on phone
Watching the SN8 test flight (second attempt)
Card advent doors
Advent doors
Feet hanging off sofa
Vintervila / hibernation mode

You might remember me mentioning that Stockholm hadn’t seen an hour of sunlight in almost a month. Well, our luck changed last week when we saw a glow behind the cloud. The sun didn’t break through completely, or rise far above the horizon, but it was just enough to create this amazing sunset! Sunset is around 14:30 at the moment.

Pink and orange sky
Solnedgång / sunset

We decorated the world’s worst gingerbread house. The build went well but I bought baking glue instead of icing, which made elegant decoration impossible. It was so sticky! Ending up off our faces on sugar definitely didn’t help keep our hands steady. It won’t win any prizes but we had a great time butchering decorating it.

Man making gingerbread house
Pepparkakor hus / gingerbread house
Lit paper star
Julstjärna
To the Swedish Evans's, hand written
“To the Swedish Evans’s”

Being immigrants means we celebrated Christmas twice! Sweden celebrates on the 24th and the UK celebrates on the 25th.

On Christmas Eve, watched Kalle Anke (Donald Duck) at 3pm and then celebrated with our friends upstaires in the evening. They classed as our “social bubble” for Christmas and so that was in line with the Covid-19 restrictions. And we still kept physical distance between us to be extra safe.

The four of us exchanged presents and then shared a julbord. There were two varieties of pickled herring (sill), ham (julskinka), cured salmon, mustard sauces, rye bread and butter, boiled eggs, salad, meatballs, sausages (prinskorv) and cheese. All with Swedish snaps and Julmust of course! Our tummies were too full for pudding but we managed to squeeze in some Juleskum (fruity marshmallows) and Vihreitä Kuulia (Finnish green marmalade jellies).

4 burning candles

We woke up and lit candles on Christmas morning. Candles have been a big part of our routine during Winter here, so they were lit to break up the darkness rather than specifically for Christmas. The orange candle holders were an inherited gift from family.

Man peering under Christmas tree

A happy memory from England, written

Woman opening present

Dettol box

Everyone reuses boxes to send presents but this one was my favourite. The perfect fit for 2020! There was no Dettol inside.

View down street with snow falling
Snö! / Snow!

I’d been really looking forward to seeing snow this year but with 2020 being one of the warmest on record, chances were looking slim. So you can imagine how pleased I was to look out of the window and see this on Christmas day!!

Crab spoon holder
Roast potatoes with help from the crab
Woman reading big book
Invasion Prague 68

This Invasion Prague 68 book was a Christmas present. I sat down to have a quick look and got totally sucked in. I asked Scott to take a photo of me because I realised an oversized book documenting an invasion was a hilariously unfestive thing to be reading on Christmas Day. It’s a brilliant book by the way!

Sprout on wine glass
Who says sprouts can’t be stylish!?
Snow on road
Juldagen / Christmas Day

We ate a huge roast dinner, flopped around for a bit and then went for a walk in the snow. Gamla Stan was looking absolutely lovely! Snow really sealed the deal on a nice Christmas.

People walking past Christmas tree
Gamla Stan, Juldagen
People walking on snowy streets
Gamla Stan, Juldagen

And that pretty much concludes 2020! A big thank you to everyone who has read my blog, liked posts or commented this year. It’s a long term project and a motivator for contuining to improve my photography, so your support really means a lot! Hopefully we can explore more of Sweden in 2021 and I’ll have some exciting photos to show you. But until then, I’ll continue to document Stockholm and life indoors. Keeping my fingers crossed for 2021 — for us and for all of you. xx

6 comments on “Life Lately, December 2020

  1. Tina Evans

    God Jul. Et find photos, gott nytt ar. Couldn’t find the little thing on top of the a on my keyboard 🎄🍾🥂🥰xx

  2. That crab spoon holder is awesome and I’ve decided I must find one for myself.
    Love the photos! The black and white Christmas is so different from what you usually see and so appropriate for a place that doesn’t see the sun. Honestly, I don’t know how you survive that. The sunset photo was gorgeous though so I don’t imagine it will be too much longer before you see the sun once again.
    Happy New Year!

    • Gemma Evans

      It’s great isn’t it! I feel the same about black and white photography being a good fit for darkness — although I’m also finding myself using it for more and more of my photos. I’m actually working on a post about the dark Winters at the moment (to go up when the days get brighter).

      Happy new year to you too and thank you for reading. x

  3. Thank you. I have been enjoying your blog and the photos very much. Cheers to a happy and healthy New Year!

    • Gemma Evans

      Wishing you a healthy and happy New Year too 🙂 Thanks for following our adventures this year! x

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