On november 22 SWEA Milano, the Swedish church and other nordic companies and people are putting up a Scandivian christmas market in Milano. They have been doing it for 15 years and it is apparently very known in the scandiavian communtiy but also amongst the italians. This year Karin who lives here in Monza is one of the main organizers, especially for the Swedish church. I volontered to help out so I will be selling all kind of swedish things togehter with Sofia. Yesterday I went to Karins house to see all the things that they have bought from Sweden. They have really found a very good mix og traditional things like famous patterns of swedish designers on kitchen towels and beuatiful christmas ornaments as well as small santas in different sizes and shapes. I could easily buy one of each thing. :) Beside Karin there were also two other women there that I havn't met before. They have lived here since 74 and 91 and are therefore pretty much in to the italian life style. :) But I see some things never change, for example: here the houses does not have any window sills so it's basically impossible to put anything in the windows. This might seem like a minor problem but for a swede to not be able to put the traditional Advent "candlestick" is a huuge problem, even after 40 years. We had "fika" and prepared the prices for all the products so that Sofia and I are well prepared for the big day.
Since Karin had a box of Aladdin chocolates, I got an urge to go to IKEA, so today when Pietro came back from work we went on the "small tour" which means we bought almost only things that it's impossible to NOT buy when you are there (candles and crap you don't really need but kind of want). Of course we also bought Aladdin and glögg. :)
With a new thick jacket, chocolate and glögg I'm ready for the winter to come!