I’ve been working the past two days, and I’m working tonight as well. As I’ve said before, in Scandinavia we celebrate on Christmas Eve, so this means I’ve spent Christmas alone with the cat in the mornings, and at work in the afternoons and evenings. I thought I’d feel very lonely and sorry for myself, and so made the decision to pretend it wasn’t Christmas at all, somewhat in the style of Ebeneezer Scrooge. I even told my family not to call me on Christmas Eve, because then I’d probably start crying.
As it turned out, I had a very nice Christmas Eve, it felt very Christmasy, cosy and everything. I wasn’t even all that homesick. Most patients went home for a few hours, so for a great part of the afternoon it was very quiet and almost sleepy. Me and the other nurses watched Christmas shows on TV and ate way to much chocolate and cookies, and tried to make it a special day for the ones who had to celebrate Christmas in the hospital, and their families. It felt good to spend Christmas serving others.
This is an embroidery I drew and made a couple of years ago, and take out in the beginning of December. I like the quiet mother-child moment. I’m sure Mary must have been an extraordinary woman, to be given the great responsibility to take care of the Savior as a child. At the same time, she must have been like most other loving mothers in the history of this world. I wanted to show that side of her.
Tonight, after work, I’ll be going home to my family for a few days, and then I’m of to Stockholm. The New Years dress is not finished, so I’ll have to do that at my parent’s. Finishing at the last moment….. again.
A Merry Christmas to you all!