We arrived back aboard EXIT after dinner on December 23rd. It was nice to be back to our home-away-from-home, though I think we were all a bit strung out after Walt Disney World, a great visit with Mormor (Linda’s Mom), and the 6+ hour drive back from Fort Lauderdale. As soon as we unpacked the car, the kids started in on some gingerbread house kits that Linda and Mormor had found:
We had done a bit of advance work: I had previously tracked down Willy’s Products, a Scandinavian food store in Fort Lauderdale, and a visit to their not-terribly-promising-looking, light-industrial, mostly-ecommerce location was one of our outings with Mormor while in South Florida. Turns out that we were able to procure, among other key Danish Christmas items: Curried herring, rød kol (red cabbage), ginger snaps, and candy as a prize for the almond-in-the-rice-pudding game.
On Christmas Eve, Linda shopped for the remaining ingredients for a semi-traditional Danish dinner of Frikadeller (meatballs), red cabbage, cucumber salad, potatoes, while the kids and I worked on decorations. Turns out that there are some great deals to be had when you’re doing your shopping on the afternoon of December 24. We found a tree at 50% off from the local Ace Hardware, and some clearance stockings from a local souvenir shop window display. Linda had brought some ornaments from home and we’d ordered a voltage regulator from Amazon that let us step down the boat’s 12v outlet to the 3.5v needed for some LED Christmas lights. We lopped of the top 45″ of the tree (all that would fit inside the cabin) and Macgyvered a stand out of a cardboard box, some winch handles (for ballast), a tupperware container with a turkey-baster filling tube to hold the sugar water, and lots of duct tape (Soren kept quoting The Martian).
Though we were missing being with family and friends, it ended up being pretty hyggelit (a Danish word, pronounced hoo-guh-lee, that roughly translates to “cosy togetherness”):