Along with Denmark,
Norway, and other Scandinavian countries, Christmas in Sweden is a special
time of year with millions of lights aglow and festivities planned
for a full month-long celebration to help dispel an otherwise
dark, gloomy winter.
festivities usually begin with the lighting of the first of four
Advent candles in homes across the country, followed by the annual
must-see December 1 airing of a popular national television holiday
entertainment special, "Julkalendar".
entertainment, only found in Sweden, comes later with the annual
Christmas Eve showing of its biggest holiday TV rerun, starring
Anka or that wacky Disneyland import, Donald Duck.)
Swedish tradition arrives on December 13, honoring St. Lucia,
featuring a young girl dressed in a lighted candle crown, leading
a parade of children for Lucia
Day festivities. It also celebrated with traditional songs
and treats such as pepparkator (gingerbread cookies) and lussekatter
And soon comes
the biggest day of all - Christmas Eve - when families gather
for carol singing, the arrival of Tomten (Father Christmas) and
a huge holiday smorgasbord of Swedish meatballs, sausages and
cold meats, lutfisk and other fish dishes.
(mulled wine) is another festive part of the celebration. Also
served is the traditional Jul grot or Christmas porridge containing
one hidden almond, which promises good fortune to any family member
lucky enough to find it!
More information about Christmas in Sweden around the Web:
in Sweden - Here's a brief overview of main holiday observances
including visits by Jultomten (Santa), the celebration of St.
Lucia's Day, and related craft activity with how to's for making
a St. Lucia's Day wreath.