If this is your first Christmas in Sweden or your quest to learn about Christmas around the world, you’ve come to the right spot.
I put together a comprehensive guide to having a Christmas in Sweden and abroad. Even if you don’t have access to thousands of tomtar, you can still incorporate Swedish traditions into your own traditions.
There’s so much food and decor to enjoy during the holidays, but it is all about family and giving back to the community.
If you are in Stockholm, then I highly suggest shopping at Stockholms Stadsmission to get secondhand Christmas ornaments. You can see from the photo there is plenty of pretty decorations at a good cost, and doing the Earth a favor by recycling.
In Nordic mythology, Thor rode on his chariot with two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr. In the Prose Edda, he kills the goats and provides his guests and the gods food. With his hammer, Mjölnir, he resurrects the goats the next day; creating a cycle of sustenance and nourishment.
Of course you need ornaments for your tree!
From Design House Stockholm and you can buy them in the US. It’s dark, it’s dark, it’s dark, candles are a must; any size, any style.
Kalendarljus – Calendar candle
A recipe from ICA.
You can buy several different flavor from Systembolaget or make your own using wine, vodka or rum.
Aquavit – Snaps
One candle is lit each Sunday before Christmas.
Kalle Anka (Donald Duck & Disney)
The Disney special has been on for more than 30 years. It’s the same every year but it is truly a bizarre and fun Swedish Christmas obsession.
The Swedish Christmas dinner is served on Christmas eve after watching Kalle Anka and before opening Christmas presents. The smörgåsboard is several courses, starting with cold meats and fishes, hot food, cheeses, and dessert. And nothing would be complete without toasting with snaps.