Sunday, 5 December 2010
Last Sunday was the first of Advent. In Sweden, the Christmas celebrations start officially on that day (the fourth Sunday before Christmas), when we light the first of the four candles of Advent. The celebrations will last until Saint Knut's day (Tjugondag jul) on the 13th of January, when the Christmas trees are taken down.
Until then, we will enjoy glögg (mulled wine), served with almonds and raisins, along with lussekater (saffron breads) and pepparkakor (gingerbread).
It's my favourite period of the year in Sweden and the snow has already fallen for a month! Everything is white and beautiful. People have decorated their windows with candle lights and it's such a pleasure for the eye. To celebrate Advent Sunday, we went to the Christmas market in Uppsala. Although it was -8°C, we really enjoyed walking among the stalls. If you happen to be in Stockholm, you should go to Kungsträdgårdens julmarknad, in the centre of the town and admire the Christmas windows of NK, the luxurious Swedish department store.
It has been really cold lately, especially in our house! As a result, we have moved our bed to the living room where we can enjoy the fireplace from our bed. Our place feels even cosier now :)