How to Celebrate Christmas like a Swede!
By: Tetiana Poliakova
It is difficult to express how much I love Christmas: all the bright decorations, time spent with your family, delicious food, and most importantly the cozy feeling inside. Can you blame me?
Anyhow, because of my strong dedication to Christmas, I decided to put together a quick guide on how to celebrate Christmas like a Swede. Consider it an early Christmas gift from me to you!
Because I wanted this to be as accurate as possible, I consulted a Swede. So, huge thanks for this blog post goes to Madeleine Lehander, a dedicated master’s students, a true friend, and an expert on Swedish traditions.
We finally got to the Christmas Day, and I am about to disappoint you. Most Swedes do not actually do much on the Christmas Day itself. It is often referred to as hemvändarghelg, or “homecoming weekend”. This means that once you are done celebrating with your family, you go out in your hometown and party like it’s 1999 with your friends that you might not have seen in a while (if you live away from your hometown, of course).