God Jul! My first Christmast in Sweden was wonderful! Andreas and his family made it so very special for me. We celebrated at their snow covered cabin by the sea, a picturesque winter wonderland. There was lots of good food, family time, and presents!
Swedes celebrate Christmas much the same as Americans, but there are a few differences, the largest I suppose being that Christmas is NOT the 25th, it's the 24th and is celebrated in the evening. The Christmas table or julbord is filled with delicate offerings of herring, boiled eggs and potatoes, dopp i gryta (a hard bread dipped in ham gravy), janssons frestelse (scalloped potatoes with cream and anchovies), little sausages, meat balls, beet salad, salmon, and more! We also went cross country skiing and used the "kick" (which is kind of like a personal sled you stand on), both of which I would reccommend trying.
It was so pleasant to take a break from school, celebrate, and just enjoy being together. I've seen friends from Florida post pictures of themselves on facebook lounging at the pool, the sun shining brightly in the background, and a comment saying something like "gotta love Florida in December" which is true, but I also think one can't help but love Sweden in the winter too!
This picture is from 09/19/2010,
the day my Swedish life began.