The biggest amusement park (nöjespark) in the Nordic countries called Liseberg in Gothenburg. Liseberg has been a “must” (ett måste) for a lot of people during Christmas time. This park is not only for amusement, but they have a treffic theater ( en teater), a hotel and even an ice ring (en isbana) and also a several scenes where you can watch concerts all through the summer. But what really makes people go to Liseberg is the fantastic Christmas market (den fantastiska julmarknaden) and the mood they create around Christmas. For many, many years I used to feel that Christmas lost its magic for me as an adult and it was all about crazy shopping, stress and by the time we gathered around the Christmas tree I felt so exhausted that I did not only refuse to dance around it, but I wished there had never been my birthday ( min födelsedag) and New Year´s Eve (nyårsafton) coming. I soon realized, that many friends of mine felt the same way about the holiday so we decided that we can´t be bitter about this. We have to do something. Let´s go to Liseberg and see the Christmas market. Let´s make Christmas into a nice experience instead of a survival game. I have to confess that I was really sceptic because I dislike all the hysteria around the celebration in the “commercial world”, but I was very determined to have a change. So I entered the magical (magisk) world of Liseberg.
What I shortly understood walking along the market sheds (bodar) that I didn´t only find classical Swedish food, but so much new stuff that puts Christmas into another perspective. Because as much as I love herring (sill) or salmon (lax), we have it on the table all year long. I really liked the fact that besides traditional food you could also find these things with a different touch if we say so. People come here from all across Sweden with their own mustard (senap), cheese, whisky sausage or different kinds of berry and plant siraps. Sounds weird? Noo, it is already watering in your mouth. 🙂 The last mentioned from Alterhedens became a real favorite of mine. They are a family company 11 miles from the Swedish polar circle. So if you have your way around Gothenburg during the Christmas holidays go by one of the sheds from Norrland. www.alterhedens.se
To sum up my yearly visits at Liseberg I have gained a more relaxed and peaceful way of awaiting Christmas through spending some quality time with friends (vänner) and family on an occasion where we can hang out, have fun, eat food that you don´t usually find in the supermarkets and can feel like a child again playing for example pentathlon (femkamp). What I haven´t gained from the experience is more savings in the end of the day and let me tell you that you will be exhausted and cold. But it worth´s it since we have each year exciting food on the table next to the traditional dishes and that makes me quite pleased because I don´t necessarily know the whole screenplay for Christmas. And they have plenty of hot mulled wine (glögg) in case of freezing. What I also like at Liseberg -besides the fact that all the markets in Sweden look kind of artificial with thousands of light bulbs (glödlampor) and plastic snow including Liseberg- that they somehow have created a great atmosphere with their choice of sheds, quality products and representation for whole Sweden. So a big up for Liseberg! http://www.liseberg.se/sv/hem/ Find your infomation in English on their website.
The weather is getting cold around Christmas in Sweden so dress warm because you´ll be spending hours and a few hundreds of Swedish Kronor at the market. It has recently become very popular in Sweden to give away different kind of experiences such as hot chocholate or stone massage, wine tasting, paint ball fight, helicopter ride or weekend trips. We have even learnt that there should be “present of the year” (årets julklapp) each year. In 2009 the present of the year is a bed of nails (en spikmatta) informed us Handelns Utredningsinstitut, while 72% of the Swedes would cry under the Christmas tree getting one. Well, thank you for the information! But if you guys would fall for the media pressure so: “As you make your bed so you must lie on it”. (Som man bäddar for man ligga).
What do you think about the present of the year? Hissa eller dissa? Hot or not? Praise or raize? I say: dissa!
Årets julklapp genom åren:
* 2008 – En upplevelse (an experience)
* 2007 – GPS-mottagare (GPS-receiver)
* 2006 – Ljudbok (audiobook)
* 2005 – Pokerset (Poker set)
* 2004 – Platt-TV (flat-screen tv)
* 2003 – Mössa (cap)
* 2002 – Kokbok (cook book) Because of the wider popularity of TV-chefs
* 2001 – Verktyg (tools)
* 2000 – DVD-spelare (DVD-player)