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We’re deep in the throes of the Christmas season around these parts. As such, I’ve been thinking about all of the traditions we have for this time of year. For us, a lot of those traditions center around being Swedish. And honestly – there’s nothing better to be at Christmas time because the Swedes really know how to do Christmas right. Don’t believe me? Here’s my list of 10 Swedish Traditions We Observe for the Holidays.
- We make (and eat!) lots of Swedish Meatballs.
- We observe St. Lucia Day. Now granted, our version this year included Hannah buying coffee rolls at a local donut shop for Dale and I but the sentiment is there.
- We make (and drink!) glögg. I made it this Sunday and I have to say it’s one of the best batches ever.
- We have a smörgåsbord on Christmas Eve. We eat medwurst and knäckebrot and farmer cheese and sill – otherwise known as pickled herring. Good stuff, right there.
- We have a collection of Dala Horses. After many years of jonesing for one, I finally got the 10″ this year. Hooray!
- We say God Jul which is Swedish for Merry Christmas.
- We open presents on Christmas Eve. In Sweden they open all of their gifts on Christmas Eve but we only do one each because we like to save the bulk of them for the morning.
- We leave one candle burning all night on Christmas Eve. It’s supposed to be so the Christ child can find his way, at least that’s what my Swedish grandmother always told me.
- We have (and eat!) Spritz cookies. You need a special cookie press but it’s worth all of the effort when one of these sugary almondy cookies melts in your mouth.
- We have Swedish Angel Chimes that we light throughout the season. The dinging of those little bells makes it feel like Christmas at our house.
There are lots of other Swedish traditions that I grew up with that we don’t actually incorporate into our holiday anymore. Lutefisk and pickled pig’s feet are not something any of us enjoy! The rest of it, though, is all part of what makes it feel like Christmas at our house. If you’ve got a post to share today be sure and add your link by clicking the button below. And if you want to receive the Ten on Tuesday topic email, click here to sign up.