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Scandinavian Christmas Traditions

30 November 2018

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Scandinavian Christmas Traditions

It’s no secret that the Swedish do the festive season incredibly well. Take a look at these Scandinavian Christmas traditions. 
 
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Glögg 
Christmas is all about the festivities, am I right? Nothing says Christmas in Scandinavia like Glögg. Glögg is a mixture of mulled wine, brandy, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. The smell that comes from a pot of Glögg on the stove is likely to put you in the festive spirit let alone the consumption of it. 

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Visiting the Cemetery 
On Christmas Eve graveyards and cemeteries all over Finland will be lit with hundreds of candles. It’s a common Christmas Eve tradition to come a light a candle for a loved one, it’s not a private affair and visitors are welcomed to join in. This is a tradition of remembrance before another year begins.  

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Tomtes 
According to Swedish folklore, a Tomte is a small gnome-like creature that helped inhabitants of homes they occupied. They would bring gifts and find things that went missing. It's a tradition for Swedish children to leave a bowl of porridge for the Tomte. This is to thank them for the service that they provide throughout the year. These figures are now common gifts and ornaments in Swedish houses.  

Hygge 
All of these traditions would be very lacking without the presence of Hygge. Hygge is the mood of cosiness within the home. Hygge requires the home to be filled with lots of blankets, pillows, candles, cosy scents and low lighting. This is not just a Christmas essential; this way of life is something that is part of Scandinavian home décor all year round.  

Do you have any traditions for Christmas? Comment below and tell us what they are. 

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