Monday, July 21, 2014


Midsommarsafton (Midsummers Eve) is probably the biggest celebration of the year in Sweden.  It is held on the longest day of the year, June 21, and has all the traditions and fun of dancing around the Midsummer Pole, good food and outdoor fun. Dozens of the missionaries serving in the Stockholm area were there, and we were especially happy to have a visit from a friend and former colleague from Flathead Valley Community College here to visit us.  Erin Howardson is embarking on a backpack/cycling tour of Europe and started her trip here in Stockholm.  We were happy to have her visit us and we took her to the midsummer celebration with us.

We introduced Erin to our Duck collection

She thought she was hiding behind the flowers?

 Woman in traditional costume who called out the steps to the dances.  Erin wanted to meet her.
We had to go to our favorite ice cream store

The missionaries helped to build and erect the "Midsommarsstången" and then the dancing and music started.
Up, up , up

a little more......

not quite there....

We got it !!

We had a wonderful time in the National Park just South of Stockholm.  Over a thousand people were there, and a large number of the missionaries were there.  A nice break from the busy schedules that we keep.

several of our MTC group were there.
Sister Tolley, Anderson, Elders Tolley,Taggart, Christensen,
Hanson, Cushing,Ward
Sister Taylor sneaked in the back...........

Sister Gambles with the traditional flower wreath
Sister Tolley and Erin Howardson
See the beautiful smiles on all three of them!!!

Sister Tolley with Fru Lindquist 

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