We have a daughter, and of course you want to give your child an experience to remember; isn't that what every parent wants? Children should have nice holidays, but it's getting harder and harder when things aren't as they used to be. Hah, this is turning into the rant I wrote a couple of weeks ago, that was not my intent :D
What I was going to talk about was how I can give my daughter a winter holiday to remember without spending lots of money. It's all about reading the newspapers and finding out where you can go to get the most fun out of the least money spent. I know, I might sound like a spoilt brat - there are people that can't even sit by a computer and write this blogpost because they can't afford it. I know, I really can't whine about it when there's nothing to whine about. My daughter is a very clever girl too, she says that she don't need any Christmas gifts this year, as long as we have Christmas at all. And I know she's right, it's all about having a good Christmas experience.
We started out by buying second hand skates, SEK 80. Not far from here there's a huge store where they sell sports equipment. Outside, the store have a rink with ice - great, since it's not cold enough to skate on lakes even in Sweden. And the best part is that everyone can use the ice for free. My daughter Saga and I have been ice-skating every weekend for an entire month now and she's getting better and better at it.
Yesterday Saga and I went to Gothenburg. This city always have tons of things to offer, like free cinema on the outer wall of the museum of art. We sat there at the stairs to the theatre at Götaplatsen, watching the show while eating a meal that we had brought from home. We also went to Liseberg, an amusement park, where they have a Christmas Fair every year. Entry isn't that expensive, it's the tickets to the attractions that have a tendency to become too many, as well as the meals. Some of the attractions are for free, so we went to those. Santa's workshop, the carousel, the petting zoo. And Saga bought a Christmas gift to her dad.
|My daughter Saga, as she was examining the artificial snow.|
We have a membership in Nordens Ark, an animal park not far away from here, where we plan to go for a pic-nic one of the days. Since we're members, entry is for free.
So. The Christmas that my daughter wished for. After having paid all the bills, there isn't that much money left for anything, and I still have to buy food for the entire month when Christmas is over. I have a small ham, have some pickled herring, but you all know that a Swedish Christmas smorgasboard is supposed to be so full that the table is about to break all it's legs and crumble to the floor. We'll have to settle for the important things - ham, meatballs, herring and small sausages; I have the ingredients for that in my freezer ;)
In the end it's more important to remember what Christmas is all about. In my book it's about the experiences, the love and the fun. As long as one stays optimistic, everything will turn out just OK :D