Writing notes to one another
is a traditional Swedish custom
when meeting for the first time.
Afterwards they hug and kiss
and drink Aquavit
and dance the
This is my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Aunt Kitty Nelson-Gustavsdotter Vasa:
Her maiden name was Katarina Gustavsdotter Vasa, Princess of Sweden. But she went by Kitty Nelson. (The Gustavsdotter - simply means she was the King's daughter - Gustavsdaughter in English. If your name was Gustavsson - that would mean you were the King's son - or a descendant of Gustav - Like Craig Gustavson.)
A bit of trivia, all the males in Kitty's line use the surname Nelson, and curiously enough, they all continue to resemble her down to our day. In fact, when I first viewed this portrait I thought it was my dad.
Isn't it odd? I never boast about my royal heritage the way traditionalists like to do. It doesn't add to my stature one bit.
Christmas will soon be here.