If you are in the Foreign Service, you probably have heard of the blog, At Post. It is relatively young, but has already earned two mentions in the Foreign Service Journal and is rapidly gaining a quite a following. Due to a request for winter photos, I submitted a picture I snapped on Christmas Day 2007.
It was our first white Christmas in Iceland and utterly gorgeous. I took a walk around the neighborhood between gift opening and guest arrival and marveled in the beauty. Despite the freshness of the snow, one can see by the footprints that many had already been out to enjoy and bask in the glow. After all, we were down to maybe two complete hours of daylight at that point. In fact, in my mind, the day was much brighter, perhaps because I was so used to the longer winter nights (all 22 hours of them!).
If you have a chance, please peruse the blog. Better yet, if you are in the FS and have oodles of photos that might fit a category, don't be shy, send them in! I think it's a fabulous idea for a blog, and will end up being a very unique photo album.
I realized while looking back at that time period, that I left out some of my own photos from that Christmas that I intended to post...you know, one day. Guess that time has come. The first set includes three pictures of the kids at Árbæjarsafn, just on the outskirts of town. It's a unique open air museum and this was the first year we had a chance to visit it at Christmastime. We enjoyed games, súkkulaði, and watching the making of Laufabrauð, among other activities. It was a bit nippy, but the kids love watching history come to life. It's probably quite obvious, but the other photo is of the girls in front of the Christmas tree at the annual Christmas party at the Embassy.
The second set of photos include the girls posing as Icelandic Santas during our annual trip to the Christmas village in Hafnarfjordur, our last Icelandic Christmas tree, our home for three years, and an Icelandic snowman. I wish I had written about it at the time, but I am guessing I must have been preoccupied with our (then) upcoming move, as well as the impending arrival of LG.