Merry Christmas!

We celebrate Christmas a day “early” in Sweden. While most countries celebrate on December 25th, we celebrate on the 24th on Christmas Eve. It’s all very traditional with specific foods and drinks. Most people would probably frown at the choices on the Swedish Christmas table, since there is no turkey for example.

Instead we have a special, roasted ham with a mustard glace. I’d like to say it’s on of the corner stones of Swedish Christmas. Another thing you’ll find at nearly every table is the Jansons Frestelese (Janson’s Temptation), which is a casserole with potatoes, onion and pickled sprats (amongst other things). I personally don’t eat it, since I don’t eat fish (or any sea food). Other common things are meatballs and sausages, pickled herring and brewer’s wort.

We also drink a special drink that usually is only available around Christmas. (Though in later years they’ve “cheated” and started selling it around Easter as well.) It’s called Christmas Must, and looks kind of like Coke, but it’s quite different. It contains malt and hops, but is non-alcoholic.

I found it quite interesting to read that Coca-Cola’s sales decrease with 50% during December in Sweden, because everyone gets the Christmas Must instead. The recipe for the must is secret, and Coca-Cola have tried several times to buy it, but so far to no avail.

But in short, Merry Christmas everyone! πŸ™‚

Cutest Santa?

Cutest Santa?

How do you celebrate Christmas? Is it more traditional, or does your country have some special traditions/foods as well?


Merry Christmas! — 3 Comments

  1. I was about to come and comment on your previous post, saying I just read that a lot of countries in Europe celebrate on the 24th, not the 25th, but you beat me to it! πŸ™‚

    With work schedules here being what they are, we don’t always celebrate on Christmas day, so this year it’s Boxing Day (the 26th) that we’ll be doing our Christmas stuff on, which is opening presents and having a nice breakfast (we usually just drink coffee, most of us), and then the rest of the day is cooking turkey, because my mom likes to buy turkeys that are the size of a toddler! (Quite literally. They’re as big as your adorable (non-edible) nephew!) Also lots of prep, of mashed potatoes, boiled carrots, sweet peas, stuffing, gravy, salad, and pumpkin pie. Pumpkin pie is always a Thanksgiving and Christmas must-have.

    Also, we drink eggnog, which is quite delicious and so, so bad for you.

    I do know some families do ham roasts – my manager at work is doing some Danish roast, he said. He left work early today to get it ready, since I guess his family celebrates on the 24th, too.

    And I also hate fish and seafood! It’s just yucky. People think I’m crazy because I’ve never lived more than half an hour from the ocean at most and still don’t like it, since I can get it as fresh as it comes whenever I want it. But whatever, I am a picky eater in general. Haha.

    So I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and that your new year starts great and gets better!

    • I don’t live very close to the ocean, but not overly far either (I think about 40 minutes).. and I’m Swedish. So really, people expect me to eat fish and seafood, but I just really don’t like it. At all!

      The celebrating on the 24th I think is mainly in the Nordic countries, but I could be wrong. My British friends look at me oddly though when I mention the 24th, so I think they celebrate the 25th *lol* When I lived in the Netherlands it was odd, because they barely celebrate it at all. Instead they celebrate Sinterklaas (St Nicholas) in the beginning of December. (6th or so I believe.)

      And don’t worry about the eggnog or other yummy things. Christmas is one of those days where I think it’s okay to not worry about calories πŸ˜› It’s only once a year after all!

      That toddler-sized turkey.. I bet my nephew could eat the whole thing. After today I swear that child has a black hole inside his tummy! I don’t know where it all goes, but there just doesn’t seem to be a stopping point where he’s had enough!

      A Merry Christmas to you as well. And let’s hope for a great year for both of us πŸ˜‰

      • There’s an couple of ages where kids (boys especially) just seem to eat crazy amounts of food. He must be hitting a growth spurt, just wait, he’ll grow a few inches in a few weeks! πŸ˜€

        And I think it would be pretty difficult for next year to be worse than this year, so I’m trying to be hopeful! It will be the year of meeting my baby cousins (multiple ones), so that is a definitely plus. Adorable babies make everything better.

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