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I moved to Malmö from San Francisco with my wife and daughter four years ago. Aside from Sweden’s national health system and affordable childcare, Malmö's urban bike lanes impress me the ...

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“Hi, how ya doing? Did you get the bulbs?” “No” “Are you depressed yet?” “No, I don’t think so.” Then I would call out to my wife in the other room asking “Honey are you depressed?” She’d motion no. “We’re fine.” I’d assure my friend “Ok but remember get the bulbs!” These calls reflected her ...

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The Swedes borrowed this martyred Catholic saint from the Italians then ground up, blended and stuffed her story into a sausage casing creating the unique experience that is Sweden’s Santa Lucia. Traditionally the morning of Santa Lucia one female child wearing a white robe and a crown of lit candles leads a procession of children ...

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Like most things in Sweden, the Christmas season unfolds in a hyper-structured, highly organized, regimented manner. Unlike in the US and UK where the Yule build-up begin as early as September with sales and Christmas music in shops, Sweden marks the official start of Christmas on the first Sunday of Advent. The holiday kicks off ...

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2. Easy and more efficientIt’s easier to hack it down piece by piece as opposed to dragging it down a staircase or onto the elevator. Hauling the entire tree risks back injury where as carefully cutting it up creates small manageable packages, which can easily be carried off, although laborious is less likely to risk ...

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I, myself, have been known to dance with inanimate objects at parties Christmas or other. I’ve danced into Christmas trees, fallen over them, knocked the ornaments out of them but never in all my years of holiday frolicking have I ever danced a tree out of a home. The 13th of January may officially end ...

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