By Anastacia Sampson
Christmas in Sweden
In Sweden, Christmas is the main family event. For Swedes that intend to travel within their country (to be away from home to reach other loved ones) need to try book their travel tickets about two months in advance.
The festive Christmas season begins with the celebration of Saint Lucia on 13 December. It is customary in Swedish families for the youngest daughter to wear a white robe with a red slash before dawn. A crown with ever-green leaves and tall candles is worn on the girl’s head. The girl then traditionally serves her parents Lucia buns and coffee with her siblings following her. This day is inspired by Lucia (a virgin Christian girl killed for her beliefs) and is linked to the tradition of welcoming back to the sun. Traditionally the 13 December in Sweden was a pagan festival of lights and in the old Julian calendar;the winter solstice was celebrated on this day.
On Christmas Eve, it is customary for the mother to light candles in the family residence.
Gingerbread biscuits are common in homes at this time of the year.