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Hot Topic: Mellandagsrea and Corona Posted by on Dec 29, 2020

Welcome to “the between days!” Mellandagarna refers to the days between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Children are home on school break, employees enjoy some much needed respite, and Swedish retailers offer end of the year sales. In a typical year, the streets are bustling with shoppers taking advantage of sales. This week, we’ll…

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Glögg: Swedish Christmas in a Cup Posted by on Dec 24, 2020

Mulled wine, Glühwein, glögg! A cup of this warm, aromatic drink is a must around Christmas time. Swedes purchase glögg in a ready-made bottle or brew their own with red wine, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom – serve with a pepparkaka, and you’re all set! This week, we’ll learn a bit about the history of glögg…

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Bake your own Swedish pepparkakor! Posted by on Dec 18, 2019

Each Christmas, I make a few Swedish recipes to share with family and friends. My two favorites are glögg, wine mulled in spices, and pepparkakor, crispy, spicy ginger cookies. While these recipes are old classics, I love them because they are also staples for modern Swedish holiday celebrations. Many Swedish-American food traditions are recipes that…

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Popular Swedish Christmas Tunes Posted by on Dec 3, 2019

December means that the jul-vibes are copious in many countries! Sweden is no exception. When strolling through town, you’ll see lights, decorations, and hear sweet Christmas tunes pumped out of speakers to get folks in the holiday mood. Because it’s the first Tuesday of the month, that means that this blog post is going to…

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Get to know Swedish Julkalender Posted by on Nov 26, 2019

Julkalender is an annual television event of epic proportions. Swedish Television, SVT, goes all-out to produce an original Christmas-themed series that Swedes both young and old look forward to. The show premiers on December 1st and concludes on Christmas Eve. Keeping up with julkalender is like having one of those advent calendars where you…

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Swedish Christmas Food – Lutfisk Posted by on Dec 24, 2015

Swedes celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve—December 24. But that doesn’t mean they don’t take full advantage of the holiday. Come the end of November, you’ll start seeing restaurants, hotels, catering services all offering a julbord. Literally, Christmas table, a julbord is the Christmastime smorgasbord (another Swedish word, by the way) filled with food and drink…

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Gävlebocken – The Gävle Christmas Goat Posted by on Dec 24, 2012

On December 12th, 2012, around midnight, Gävlebocken burned to the ground. The fire started in the left back leg of the goat and can be seen in the YouTube clip below:   But this isn’t a news report. You can find plenty of those online about the burning of the goat. This is about the…

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