It’s done…

This Sunday my little nephew was christened in our local church. Hearing this you might think that we’re particularly religious in my family, but that’s really not the case at all. It’s more about traditions really. In Sweden a lot of people christen their babies and get married in church, without really being very religious at all. It’s all about traditions. We’re very bound by them. Swedish people don’t like change.

A perfect example of our silly traditions and not liking change is the fact that every Christmas at 15.00 they show an old cartoon. This has been going on for… I don’t even know how long. More than 20 years at least since I remember it when I was a child. It’s a collection of clips from an old Disney Christmas Collection. One year the TV channel decided that they wanted to change it up and remove one of the clips (the one about Ferdinand), since by now every Swedish person can quote the entire thing.

There was a howl of complaints from the Swedish people. OMG how dare they change such an old tradition! (Remember, we’re talking about a cartoon clip!) Anyway, I think this proves my point about Swedes and their “traditions”.

Now back to the actual topic; the christening of Viggo.

It went really well, he was very calm during the entire thing. The only time he cried was when the priest splashed water on him, which isn’t so strange considering he’d just fallen asleep and was woken up by someone pouring water on his head!

My dad and his posse were staying at my place for the weekend since they have a long drive. It was lots of fun as usual, and my dad complained about my lack of kitchen utensils as usual… (You know, I usually am alone and cooking for one, there really is no need for me to have a huge pot that will cook for 8!) My dad is rather particular about his cooking (it’s very good btw). So much that he brought his own pot because mine are too small.

Baby brother Fredrik was cute and fun as usual. One morning he stood a few feet away from the couch where I was sleeping hollering “ARE YOU ASLEEP?” at the top of his lungs for several minutes. If I was sleeping before, I certainly wasn’t after that!

Viggo in his traditional christening smock


Baby Viggo


Baby Brother Fredrik stuffing his face with cinnamon rolls πŸ˜‰


Baby Viggo with his Uncle Fredrik




It’s done… — 7 Comments

  1. I was shown the cartoon and I have to say it is amazing πŸ™‚ oh and Fredrik makes me long to try cinnamon rolls, they conjure up very delicious images and tastes to me in my head although I’ve never had them!

    • OMG you’ve never had cinnamon rolls? Go to your nearest IKEA right now! πŸ˜‰ Admittedly I wouldn’t know if they can make them properly over there, but every IKEA in the world supposedly should have them in their restaurant *lol*

      The cartoon is great, but I’ll admit that after 30 years of watching it I’m getting a bit bored πŸ˜› I swear most of the people in Sweden could probably quote it to you.

  2. He looks very relaxed, I have to say. And that’s a beautiful smock!

    It’s funny, I was talking about religion/tradition/community recently with my (very atheist) sister, who had just completed The Alpha Course (a course run all over England which examines and discusses the roots of Christianity) and whilst I was very shocked that she’d done it, as I view it as an ‘intro’ to having faith, she said one of the things that she enjoyed was the ‘ritual’ and the ‘community’ aspects of it. She feels that it’s something we miss, in modern society, and said she could see herself going regularly to church and partaking in services, even without having any faith. I think it’s fair to say that a fair number of people in England view themselves as Christian, but got to church for marriages, christenings and funerals! So it’s not just Sweden that has that sort of tradition!

    • The smock is apparently very old – it was first used for Viggo’s *thinks* great grandfather. Or something. πŸ˜‰

      It’s definitely interesting how many people choose to get married/christened in a church while they’re really not Christian or perhaps not believing at all. I know in my small town a lot of the elderly people go, maybe some of them are Christian, but I think a large part of it is the community. They do a lot of little meetings and even some day-trips now and then.

      I consider myself an atheist, but I’ll admit – I’m a total hypocrit and would probably want to get married in church. Cause y’know.. it’s tradition!

  3. Hmm I have never been to an IKEA either πŸ˜› Only because where I grew up there was no such thing, and since moving to London I’ve been forced to stop driving and just haven’t got around to begging friends for a life to one!
    But, I do plan a trip to Sweden, possibly this year, depends when I am allowed to fly! I’ll find cinnamon rolls then πŸ˜›
    And like Wide Eyed Imp, I also went a long to the Alpha Course while at uni (free good food and a chat once a week!?!?!? Yes please!) and I kept going to church after it finished too, and even got baptised. But it was only really for the community feeling, the feeling of a family which I’ve never had from my actual family (long story, I don’t have a family as such nowadays). Since moving away though, I haven’t returned to church, but I do class myself as a Christian and ‘will’ hopefully get married in a church πŸ™‚

    • Oh, where in Sweden do you think you’ll go? And if you want cinnamon rolls, walking in to just about any cafΓ© – they should have them πŸ™‚ If that fails, most good supermarkets bake their own in the bread section.

      I think that a good church really can do a lot for the community feeling, and I think it’s a great thing that people can go there and get that. In Sweden we’re very non-religious it seems and except for when we get “confirmed” at age 14, you see very few younger people in the churches. At least in my town (which is admittedly very small) there’s mainly the 70-80 year olds who have a community within the church. Which I guess is a shame in a way, because maybe there would be benefits to more community for younger people as well. Even if they’re not so much into the faith itself, being part of a community can be a nice thing.

  4. Hmm I have friends in LinkΓΆping, Stockholm, Solna, and some other places I can’t remember now! But I’ve had them stay over in London, so they want to return the favour to me sometime and I hear it’s a beautiful place, so I want to see it!

    Yeah, younger people need the community, but I guess a lot of us just find our own communities online and such πŸ˜‰

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