When I think of Christmas time, I think the North pole, Lapland, father Christmas, Rudolph the red nose reindeer and snow. Not a coincidence that all of these can be found in Sweden. So this year, I decided to spend Christmas and Winter in Sweden. North of Stockholm, in Säter in the Dalarna County. It is colder and prone to snow than the inner city. Apart from the countryside view and the great outdoor experience, there are other. There is a couple interesting thing that I have learned from my experience of spending Christmas in Sweden that I thought I would like to share. Apologies if you knew or it was common sense, it is one thing to read about it and to experience it.
10 things I have learned from spending Christmas and Winter in Sweden
- My experience so far of Christmas in Sweden has been nothing short of special. From the food, drinks, family and snow! Everything has been good.
- There is actually a lot you can do around Christmas time. Skiing, Sledding, Snowmobiles. Just because there is snow doesn’t mean the end of the world. In fact, it is more of an excuse to go outside and play.
- In Sweden, it is celebrated on 24th of December, not the 25th. Make a note of that.
- They eat Christmas Ham and not turkey. This is a welcome change for me from the usual dry turkey breast I try not choking on every year. ant there is lots of Swedish meatballs.
- Lot’s of drinking. However, I am sure this is common tradition most places around the world not specific to a country.
- TV program traditions. Just like home alone and die hard come on every year on British TV, the Swedes have their own bizarre program called “Kalle Anka”. Every year Swedes sit in front of the TV between 3 pm – 4 pm to watch Donald Duck and Walt Disney cartoon clips and soundbites every year on Christmas eve. Quite the surreal experience that hypnotised me back to my childhood.
- It’s all about family. Lot’s of screaming kids and lot’s family time.
- Snow makes a big difference to the Swedes. When it is not snowing they are very disappointed and not impressed. And then there is me who is trying to put on as many under armour as possible to survive the cold wind.
- Boxing day deals are just as important to Swedes as the British. Commercialism is a global phenomenon.
- Candlelight really makes a difference. I have admired the simplicity and unique Scandi style for a while. It is a mix of traditional with a modern contemporary edge. It is so interesting how much candles can really add character to the setting and atmosphere. Candles are a big thing here. Just check out Saint Lucy’s day celebration in Sweden if you do not believe me.
Now I am looking forward to the new year. With new things over the horizon, I will keep you posted on my winter time adventures.