Thursday, December 15, 2016

Swedish Christmas Traditions by Nathan Coggins

   Swedish Christmas Traditions
Many of us Americans have what you may call Christmas traditions. What you may not know are other countries that have many interesting facts and Christmas traditions that they celebrate. I had the lovely opportunity to give you the Christmas traditions that were made and are still in working order in Sweden! There are many things that the Swedes do that we think or may find different but all too familiar to the Swedish. In this story you will come into contact with some of the most absurd Christmas traditions that you have ever heard. This will one amazing journey so fasten your seatbelt and let's take a ride around the world. Image result for sweden
Let's start off with the beginning of the month of December, when they celebrate St. Lucia day on December the 13th. Many of the stories that have been brought down through the years were originally told by the monks who first brought Christianity to Sweden in the in the early 6th century. St. Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred or might also be said as killed for the belief in her faith. The most common story told about and on St. Lucia's day is that she would bring food to the percucideed Christians in Rome, who lived in catacombs under the city. She would wear candles on her head to see and that she would have both hands to carry things. St. lucia's day is now celebrated by a girl in a white dress and a red sash around her waist and a crown of candles on her head (An interesting fact a national lucia is also chosen that visits hospitals and nursing homes singing a song about St. lucia handing out “Pepparkakor” a ginger snap biscuit).
Even though St. Lucia's day is a big thing around the Swedish Christmas there are many more such as Christmas Eve when it really kicks in by a, well a feast to start off with which is often called a “julbord” or buffet in english there are often many different kinds of fish platters to serve. Other meats would include cold cuts of turkey, roast beef, and ham including cheeses and many different other things to top the stomach off. After the feast people often exchange gifts on Christmas Eve as well. Most commonly people go to church early in the morning of Christmas day. The last but definitely not least thing that is a very common and quite popular is on Christmas Eve night is to watch Donald Duck which has been a Christmas tradition since 1959! Every afternoon around 3:00pm on the TV station TV1 has the show playing “From all of us to you” about 40% to 50% of Swedish people stop their very busy day to watch this timeless classic!
I hope that you have thoroughly enjoyed this article just as much as I enjoyed writing this article thank you for reading and have a very merry Christmas from all of the Westside High Journalism team!


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