Happy Christmas – Or ‘God Jul’!

In Sweden the big Christmas celebrations are not on Christmas day, but on Christmas Eve – ‘Jul Afton’.

The day generally starts with the watching of ‘Kalle Anke’ – a combination of short excerpts of the classic Disney films – with a festive twist.

This is at 3pm.

(Yes, I know, in England we have the Queen’s speech at this time! :))

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After which it is time for the family feast :

Course 1 : Pickled herring, boiled potatoes, boiled egg halves with caviar, salmon pate, christmas ham and christmas bread.

Course 2 : Meatballs, small chipolata sausages,  boiled potatoes, red cabbage and apple salad.

Course 3 : Creamy porridge with cinnamon – one almond is hidden in the pot – if you get the almond you shall marry within the year!

Course 4 : Glögg (a mulled wine) and christmas sweets (such as ischoklad and knäck).

This is all washed down with ‘julmust‘ – a drink I can only describe as a cross between Coca-cola and Dr Pepper! 🙂

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After this the waiting begins…

The tension mounts.

For what?

For Father Christmas – or ‘Tomten’, of course!

Eventually, all dressed up. he trudges through the darkness, often through the snow.

It’s a magical experience to see this magical man in his bright red suit wandering down the lane with a sack on his back!

The kids are filled with both excitement and fear.

And then comes the knock at the door…

BANG; BANG; BANG!

“Are there any nice children in this house?” he booms…

Of course there are!

(And having been up since 5am – very tired children at that!)

Happy Christmas & God Jul to all!

🙂

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