Yesterday I was away on a Christmas dinner for our family. We were 15 people, a very small number of guest this year. We eat a normal Christmas table; ham, different kind of salted herring, smoked salmon, sausages, meet balls, some vegetables and a lot of candy. After that is was time for our yearly game. We have a very special way to give away Christmas gifts.
Every one buys something for a certain amount of money. 15 people meant 15 gifts on the table. Then everyone takes a small piece of paper out of a basket. The papers have a number on them. When everyone got their little piece of paper the game starts:
The person who got number 1 starts to open one of the Christmas gifts from the table. Then the person who got number 2 can take any of the gifts from the table, or the the gift that already is opened by person number 1. If person number one lost the Christmas gift, then he/she has to chose a new gift from the table.The number 3 does the same; a choice between the two gifts that already are opened or a new gift from the table. If he takes a gift from number 2, then the person who lost the gift can take the gift from number 1 or any gift from the table. A gift can change its owner 3 times. After that it is locked.
I had number 3 and took five books from another person. Later on the books were take from me. Therefor I took a box of chocolates from another person, but I lost them too. Since at least one gift had been moving since I lost the books, I was aloud to take them back. They were locked in my hands, and now I am the lucky owner of 5 book to read
The books are all in Swedish, one of them is a story about murderer and the other four about children growing up with abusive parents. I am really looking forward to read them. I love reading, and I think that reading also improves my writing. To read authors with different ways of expressing them selves helps me to develop my own voice and my way of writing.