Swedish Christmas, a day earlier

Christmas celebrations in Sweden take place on the eve of Christmas and not the day itself. Christmas comes after the Nobel week and so part of the festivities starts with people sitting round the television watching the Nobel ceremony and banquet on the 10th of December.

Here’s the video from this years ceremony.

The build up continues with Lucia on the 13th of December, celebrating the Italian matyr St Lucia, who symbolises the bringing of light in the darkness (traditionally days used to get longer after the 13th of December, it is now about 21st December that the length of daylight begins to lengthen instead of shorten).

There there are the Christmas Markets, all over the country selling festive based goodies in Gamla Stan,

Stockholm Gamla Stan Julmarknard 1 Stockholm Gamla Stan Julmarknard 2 Stockholm Gamla Stan Julmarknard 3 Stockholm Gamla Stan Julmarknard 4 Stockholm Gamla Stan Julmarknard 5

the Drottningholm Slott, the royal palace in Drottningholm, among many.

Stockholm Drottningholm Slott Julmarknard 1 Stockholm Drottningholm Slott Julmarknard 2 Stockholm Drottningholm Slott Julmarknard 3 Stockholm Drottningholm Slott Julmarknard 4 Stockholm Drottningholm Slott Julmarknard 5 Stockholm Drottningholm Slott Julmarknard 6 Stockholm Drottningholm Slott Julmarknard 7

This culminates on the 24th where families get together for a Christmas Lunch called the julbrod

and later watch a screening of Donald Duck, the same one every year. The Disney special (From All of Us to All of You, or Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul in Swedish) has been screened since 1959 and is a must see.

Christmas morning is a quiet one, the religious go to church. The secular spend time with family and friends.

Merry Christmas everyone!

ON THE MAP (STORTORGET, GAMLA STAN)

ON THE MAP (DROTTNINGHOLM SLOTT)

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