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Countdown to Christmas, the Swedish Christmas celebrations start on the four Sundays before Christmas eve, people light the first candle in the Advent candlestick. This is always a special event, eagerly awaited. Each Sunday until Christmas, a candle is lit (and blown out after a while), until all four candles are alight. The children’s expectations grow with every candle. On TV, there is a special Christmas calendar show for the young with 24 episodes. It, too, serves as a countdown to the big day.
On December 13th, the 400-year old tradition of the ‘queen of light’, Saint Lucia, is celebrated with church concerts and processions. On St. Lucia’s day you will see thousands of young girls emerge from the darkness of a Swedish winters day and gently silence the crowds with a procession of light. Dressed as Lucia’s maidens, in flowing white gowns, each girl holds a candle and wears a wreath of glowing candles in her hair. Witness the charm of the children solemnly proceeding through cities, towns and churches, giving out saffron buns and singing Lucia’s beautiful melodies, dressed as gingerbread men, elves and stjärngossar. Just magic.
The tradition with bringing in the tree on December 23rd and decorating the Christmas tree in the morning of Christmas Eve, can be traced back to the 18th century. Back then, they were mostly decorated with edible things, like sweets and fruits. And real candles, of course! The obvious fire hazard was prevented by hanging apples on the tip of the branches, this to make the branches heavier and the candles further apart. When the Christmas tree tradition spread beyond the upper class, home made decorations from straw and paper became popular. Lots of tiny Swedish flags are also fashionable to decorate the tree with.
Swedes enjoy the best of everything Swedish Julbord, with an endless array of delicacies including pickled herring, gravlax, paté, knäckebröd, ham, meatballs with beetroot salad and Lutfisk, a traditional dish of some Nordic countries. It is traditionally part of the Swedish julbord. It is made from aged stockfish or dried/salted whitefish and lye. It is gelatinous in texture. Its name literally means "lye fish". Glögg, Julmust, snaps and Christmas spiced beer are traditional drinks
Every year on Dec. 24 at 3 p.m., half of Sweden sits down in front of the television for a family viewing of the 1958 Walt Disney Presents Christmas special, "From All of Us to All of You." Or as it is known in Sverige, Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul: "Donald Duck and his friends wish you a Merry Christmas."
Santa / Jultomte
In Sweden the jultomte is accompanied by the Christmas goat who pulls his sleigh as he delivers gifts to the children’s homes. Gifts are opened after your Donald Duck viewing ;-)