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! :))
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!
This is all washed down with ‘julmust‘ – a drink I can only describe as a cross between Coca-cola and Dr Pepper! 🙂
After this the waiting begins…
The tension mounts.
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!