A Swedish Christmas
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A Swedish Christmas!
By: Laura Harder
A big tradition in Sweden in the homes is where the oldest daughter is portrayed as “Lucia” the “Queen of Light.” She dresses up in a white gown and wears a crown of candles on her head to serve the family. She wakes her parents by singing the Italian song, “Saint Lucia.” She serves her family coffee, buns, cookies, and occasionally glogg (which is a mulled wine).
Introduced to Sweden from Germany, the Christmas tree has been a part of Christmas since the 1700s. The custom has only become general in the present century. A family usually brings it 1 or 2 days before Christmas to decorate it.
Traditions and Customs
The excitement of Christmas in Sweden starts on the first Sunday of Advent which is when the first Advent candle is lit. Every Sunday before Christmas, an Advent candle is lit with growing anticipation. The feasting and celebration begins on December 13 with St. Lucia Day. Legend has it that St. Lucia Day is the longest night of the year. Today nearly every town, school, and day-care center has their own Lucia.
The most traditional food served in Sweden at Christmas is Lutfisk. This Lutfisk is sun-cured cod served in cream sauce. Lutfisk is most likely a throwback to a period of fasting from pre-Reformation times. The traditional feast celebrated also includes a “dipping in the kettle.” The family and guests dip bits of dark bread in a pot filled with pork, sausage, and corned beef.
A smorgasbord Christmas meal eaten on Christmas Eve includes varieties of shellfish, pork, cooked and raw herring fish, caviar, cheeses and brown beans.
On Christmas Eve in Sweden families traditionally exchange most of their presents.
Christmas Music From Sweden
Some of the traditional Christmas songs are:
Swedish Phrases Swedish Phrases
Some of the traditional phrases in Sweden are:
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