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Gogu Education

Christmas traditions in Sweden focuses on family and good food: Christmas ham, pork sausage, an egg and anchovy mixture (gubbröra), herring salad, pickled herring, home-made liver pâté, wort-flavoured rye bread (vörtbröd), potatoes and a special fish dish, lutfisk.

On the first Sunday of Advent, called “Första Advent” in Swedish, many Swedes will put their Advent candles and/or an Advent Star in windows of their homes.

Jul – Christmas

Juldagen – Christmas Day

snö – snow

snögubbe – snowman

snöflinga – snowflake

öppen spis – fireplace

skorsten – chimney

strumpa – stocking

Nordpolen – North Pole

Jultomten – Santa Claus

ren – reindeer

Rudolf med den röda mulen – Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer

tomtenisse – elf

dekoration – decoration

mistel – mistletoe

järnek – holly

krans – wreath

klocka – bell

polkagriskäpp – candy cane

pepparkakshus – gingerbread house

glögg – a hot spiced wine and liquor punch

smörgåsbord – a mixture of many different hot and cold dishes