Swedish Pentecostalists surprise with Christmas spirit

Ten thousand households in Värnamo, in southern Sweden, were treated to an unexpected Christmas gift in the post from the local Pentecostal church: a recipe for a powerfully alcoholic mulled wine.

So far so festive. But what was so surprising about the outpouring of Christmas spirits was that the Pentecostalists are usually teetotallers.

The recipe for the potent brew was distributed along with a Christmas gospel, on an advertising flyer, reported Swedish Radio Jönköping.

“It was all such a rush and I just scanned through the ad. I didn’t think there would be anything about potatoes and fermentation in it,” said pastor Anders Ahlenius to SR Jönköping.