I would like to share a little of what a traditional Swedish Christmas is like.
Christmas has always been a favourite time of year for me. As a child, receiving presents was of course a very exciting part of it, but it was more than that; the scent of spices, of bread and food cooking, the traditions, the sense of goodwill surrounding the festival, in short - the Christmas spirit!
On Christmas Day, those who attend church services will attend the early Julotta, which usually starts between 6.00am and 8.00am. It is very atmospheric with lots of candles and singing of traditional Swedish Christmas hymns and songs. Sometimes you will find that coffee, gingerbread and saffron bread are served in the church hall after the service.
That concludes my story of a Swedish Christmas. It only remains for me to say, in the fashion of Donald Duck: from me to all of you, a very Merry Christmas (in Swedish: en riktigt God Jul)!