There’s a great irony involved with Swedish Christmas and Christianity. Swedes use the pagan word —JUL or Yule in English– and yet despite there being very little religion in the daily lives of Swedes, nearly everything about Christmas is more Christian than my Boston Christmases.
Christmas in Stockholm officially started this weekend. The season always kicks off in line with the First Sunday of the Advent. So many homes had jumped the gun on Saturday with all their lights up and lit.
Lights are nearly always “white” (no multi color bulbs and definitely no blinking lights ) in Sweden and candle “trees” in windows or advent stars are pretty much all you’ll see. This window is about as stereotypical as you can get.
I have joked for years that one of these Christmases I might just go Griswold on the house. It probably won’t happen, but boy would it be fun to have a spread of the tackiest light displays ever seen this side of Stockholm.
It won’t happen this year. I think we have one star and one functioning candle tree. Must get those up soon.
Only 25 shopping days left to Julafton, Swedish Christmas.