In Sweden Christmas Eve is the day of celebration, today families and close friends gather to eat, watch Disney at three pm, eat, drink, unwrap gifts and eat some more;-)
Three o’clock is a magic time 🙂 then everyone (all ages) sit around the television for an hour to watch a medley of Disney clips (i.e. Snow White, Ferdinand, Robin Hood, Micky mouse, Cinderella etc.)
For dinner most people eat a buffet with pickled herring, egg, ham, many types of cold meat and salmon, meatballs, potato gratin with anchovies, salads etc (many of the dishes are the same as on Midsummer).
Merry Christmas everyone!!!!!!
A day filled with Christmas spirit, and baking 😉
Today I’ve made gingerbread cookies and saffron buns (the type is called “lussekatt”, “lusse” comes from the Lucia celebration and “katt” is cat).
Lucia is celebrated the 13th of December and then a girl (usually with long hair) dresses up in a white dress (like a nightgown) with a red satin belt and on her head she has a crown with candles. (She is not alone, there’s a whole procession with people dressed in white and tinsel garlands, but only one Lucia, they sing and “bring light” to people). From this date and until Christmas saffron bread and gingerbread cookies are eaten (frequently).
1 cup melted butter
2 cups full milk
0,5 tsp salt
Mix milk, butter and the yeast, add the egg and saffron. Work in the flour and add the salt after the dough has been worked for approximately ten minutes.
Prove it for about 30 minutes, cut the dough in 35-40 pieces make small rolls and form them in a curly S-like shape. Let them prove another 30 minutes. Put a raisin I each swirl and brush it with some lightly beaten egg. Bake in 437F approximately 5 minutes (until golden brown).
Enjoy with a glass of milk!!
This day is usually spent with the family and we remember those who are no longer with us by going to the cemetery to prepare the graves for the winter. Normally by putting fir twigs (and/or arrangements with different winter green twigs/moss and some kind of decoration like dried red berries or pine cones) on the grave, almost everyone also puts a lantern there and lights candles that burn 3-5 days. (These are lit on and off during the whole winter, but always during the different holidays).
The effect is great since it gets dark around 4.30pm now, and it will soon just be a few hours of natural light. So the graveyards look almost like the sky littered with flickering stars.
Halloween has been imported mainly from the states, but is is not yet a very big thing. Mostly kids and shops go all in, some dress up but the trick or treating isn’t in focus. It seems to be more popular to dress up for parties or just to take a picture and post it on some kind of social media.
What seems to be most important is to have a pumpkin (carved or not) outside your house!
Also there still seem to be a bit of confusion among people when to celebrate it, most celebrated yesterday, but I saw some today as well….and some are totally against Halloween because they think the festivities will destroy the calm, peaceful and beautiful traditional celebrations of all saints.