Today it is one week left until Christmas Eve.
And, as you know Christmas Eve is the day that “counts” if you live in Scandinavia.
That being said the 24th is a super important day for me. It is the day when Peter, Karolina and I celebrate our Swedish Christmas!
We are lucky. We get to celebrate double Christmases. Both on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.
I love it!! It works out so perfectly!
We always start our Christmas Eves with a long breakfast. I light up all the candles in the house (over fifty!!), and we listen to Christmas music.
After breakfast we usually take a long walk. If we are up for it, and not too full from breakfast, we stop at Starbucks (while out walking) and get a latte and hot chocolates. Later in the afternoon all three of us watch Karl-Bertil Jonssons Julafton (Karl-Bertil Jonsson’s Christmas Eve), a true traditional Swedish animated Christmas show. Peter loves it, too!
Karl-Bertil says Christmas to me more than any other TV-show. It is such an important tradition to me!
My sister got me the DVD a couple of years ago, and I treasure it.
So, we all watch KBJ and after that show we head to my friend’s Susanna’s house. Susanna is Swedish as well. We have Christmas dinner there together with another Swedish friend, Monica. All three of us are married to American dudes, and I think we have come up with the perfect Swedish celebration on Christmas Eve. The guys like it as well.
We all hang out at Susanna’s place until mid evening when we head back home again.
Once at home we open quite a few gifts from underneath the tree before going to bed.
I love how we combine the Swedish traditions with the American.
Christmas Day we celebrate the American way. Stockings in bed when we wake up. Maybe a mimosa. Peter usually makes a big breakfast and then we open up the remaining presents underneath the tree.
In the afternoon, we head to Peter’s parents house for Christmas dinner.
On Boxing Day, Annandagen, Peter and I make a Swedish Christmas dinner again.
Just because it is SO good.
I just cannot believe it is only ONE week left!
Time sure does fly!!