The festive season is well and truly upon us, so what better time to take a look at the Swedish word for Christmas?
That word is jul, which you'll hear in the greeting God Jul! (Merry Christmas!) and as a prefix added to just about any noun or word to give it a festive feel, such as julsång (Christmas song), julstämning (Christmas atmosphere), julshoppa (to shop for Christmas gifts and items), julmat (Christmas food), julstäda (to clean the house for Christmas)... we could go on.
And on and on: if there's one thing Swedes enjoy more than holiday preparations, it's creating compound words. Another option is to turn jul into an adjective: julig means 'Christmassy'.