Christmas 2015 – Viking Style

I got so many responses about my extended family’s Christmas tradition that I wanted to share this year’s fun as soon as possible. The scavenger hunt theme for 2015 was How to Train Your Dragon, so we all dressed up like vikings and went on our quest!


We started out with a large box to open, full of costumes and supplies. My mother-in-law is a madwoman with a sewing machine so she made bearskin vests for us (out of fake fur of course) and gathered plenty of props and accessories for us to look our best!

2014-Swenson-VikingsCloseup of my sister-in-law and her husband – what a perfect pair of Vikings!

We navigated some rough terrain, used our collective wisdom to solve riddles, and looked for clues on where to go next. At the conclusion of our quest, we were handsomely rewarded – with a family trip to Hawaii! We usually go on a trip with the in-laws each year, and the creative delivery is always a fun surprise!

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We are looking forward to a fun and festive 2015. 🙂


Happy New Year 2014 – Live Long and Prosper!

Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2014!

My husband’s family has this fabulous tradition of  dressing up and going on a scavenger hunt each year to find our big family Christmas gift. This year’s theme was Star Trek and we were on a quest to seek out new life forms and new civilizations while solving clues along the way!

It's Logical

Solving clues requires simple logic!

We had to answer trivia questions, solve puzzles and think like Captain Kirk while we journeyed through our quest.


Solving clues is logical, Captain!

Stark Trek

What would Captain Kirk do?

Each answer led us to another clue and we really had to work together as a crew to discover our final destination!

Seeking out new life forms on our journey!

Seeking out new life forms on our journey!

At the end of our journey we were rewarded with generous gifts and fun memories from our quest. You can see our antics from previous years here and here.

Christmas - the final frontier!

Christmas – the final frontier!

Live long and prosper!