Christmas preparations starts last Sunday in November which they call first advent, advent means arrival or coming. That means from last Sunday of November they count 4 Sundays before Christmas. They buy 4 candles presenting every advent which they light every Sunday for some hours.
By December, Sweden has limited hours of daylight. The Christmas decorations are for a purpose but they serve a wider purpose during christmas season. The city is beautifully decorated and you will find decorations in all shops, and almost every home u will see electric candles or just candles on the windows or balcony.
One of the biggest Swedish traditional celebrations is St Lucia day which is on the 13 of December. “St Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred, killed for her faith in 300 after Christ. The most common story told about St Lucia is that she would secretly bring food to the persecuted Christians in Rome, who lived in hiding in the catacombs under the city. She would wear candles on her head so she had her hands free to carry things. Lucy means “light” so this is very appropriate name. Small children like to dress in white long dress with electric candle lights on their heads. And they sing Lucia songs.
You really can’t miss going to Christmas market which starts from December to Christmas day. This is where you will drink glögg – a hot spicy mulled wine with blanched almonds and raisins and pepparkakor (ginger snaps) to accompany it. You can also look out for smoked sausage reindeer meat and traditional Swedish sweets.
From late november to Christmas most Swedish restaurant serve the traditional buffet. Some of the food on Christmas table is Swedish meatballs (köttbullar), Christmas ham (julskinka), small hot dog sausages (prinskorv), big pork sausage( fläskkorv), pickled herring (inlagd sill), dry crisp bread (knäckebröd), an array of cheese – different types of cheese, Christmas rice pudding (julgröt) and much more.
Am wearing :
Coat – some shop in (Stockholm)
Leggings – Vila butik
Shoes – din sko
Gloves – glitters
Scarf – H&M
Pictures by Gaby Kolo