It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Well, at least it’s December now! It drives me nuts when Christmas decorations start popping up in shops, shopping centres, and on the streets in October. One of the Swedish radio stations has started a practice where they only play Christmas music until Boxing Day and this year they began on11th November!
In Sweden we observe Advent (I don’t really want to say celebrate because we don’t technically do much). So the four Sundays before Christmas, Swedish people will light candles, drink glögg (mulled wine), eat gingerbread and saffron buns, toffee and chocolate, and just bide our time until Christmas. We put up electric candle sticks and stars in our windows, and have Advent candles that we light on the Sunday, the first candle on the first of Advent, the first and second on the second, and so on. Often someone you know will have a glögg party on one of the Advent Sundays. This year Christmas Eve (which is when we celebrate) is on a Saturday, which means that the first of Advent was quite early, at the end of November, this year.
This weekend is the second of Advent and we’re having friends over from the UK. Because S has never been to a julbord (other than Christmas lunch at my family’s) we’re going down to a picturesque town outside of Stockholm tomorrow to enjoy one. It’ll be my first in over eight years as well. It’s also my office Christmas party tonight, so I’m feeling very much like Christmas is drawing nearer. On Wednesday I made lussebullar (saffron buns) and gingerbread for the weekend, and I’ll share the saffron bun recipe with you when I have a chance to write a longer post and pick out what pictures to use!