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Swedish Christmas table

Swedish Christmas table

Text: Visit Sweden.se | Photo: Carolina Romare/Imagebank.se 

In Sweden, December 24 is the main day for celebrating Christmas, the main family event of the year. Swedes mix customs from home and abroad and most keep it fairly secular.

At Christmas, we bring out our hand-crafted decorations, fill our homes with candlelight, dress our tree and go back to our grandmother’s recipes to bake ginger snaps and saffron buns. 

A mouth-watering Christmas smorgasbord of pickled herring, meatballs, Christmas ham and much, much more is often served at lunch time. The leftovers will sometimes last for days to come. Song, dance and the opening of presents in the company of Santa are also common features on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day and the day after are also holidays in the Swedish calendar, and when possible, we prefer to also take the days between Christmas and New Year off, giving us a nice, long and relaxing vacation. For school children Holiday leave usually extends a week into January.