Well, with the new phones, they got totally absorbed by the new features, playing games for hours (no "game-snack" there!), listening to music in the Walkman player, recording their own "Pop Idol" show with friends using the built-in camera etc.
On Boxing Day, my two nieces participated in a horse-jumping competition in town (Arvika) so my sister and mother and I went to watch. My eldest niece who is now 14 has competed every Boxing Day for several years, but it was the first time for my youngest niece who is 12 so she was rather nervous. They both did very well and the eldest won a ribbon.
My nephew who is 10 years old played an ice-hockey cup and had scored a number of goals that day. I found it quite cute and laughed when I was told the kids play "hoot hockey" up until they are 12 years old, meaning that both teams have to change all players on the ice every time they play a hooting sound in the loud-speakers, which happens every 2.5 minutes - this to make it fair so that all kids get to play. Perhaps it was not such a bad idea, for by the time my nephew's team reached the finals, the whole team was so tired they could hardly skate at all. They won silver medals but this could not make up for their extreme disappointment over the loss to another hockey team from Värmland.
My sister is running a shop in Arvika selling furnishings, some furniture, candles and such, and just recently moved to a more central location right by the town square. One of her sales aids called in sick the day before Christmas, so I had to rush in to help out.
A couple of days after Christmas, the outdoor temperature finally dropped below freezing point and I could take a walk and try to catch the beautiful ice crystals on camera. Results displayed below. Two hours after my photo excursion, it was raining again... Looking forward to my ski trip to Engelberg in February!