Neil and I made it to Sweden! We spent a week in Malmö, which is in the southern part of the country. The city was very festively decorated, especially Gustav Adolfs Torg, which had a mini-Christmas market.
I really liked this tree with the Christmas presents in it.
Another tree with hearts hanging in it, just like at Tivoli!
Some gorgeous traditional Swedish wool mittens and socks.
Some absolutely dreamy socks. I wish I had picked up a couple of pairs at the time for Christmas presents! I love the red ones with reindeer on them.
The stage is set and ready.
There were lots of candles.
Even their traffic barricades looked nice!
A tree made up of candles.
This decorative walkway at the casino might not be holiday specific, but I still loved the golden leaves with the evergreen branches.
One of the things I love about Sweden at Christmas time is their electric candelabras. Many people have these candles and/or an Advent star shining in their window this time of year. It’s really fun to walk down a street in the dark (which begins at 3:00 pm) and see all of the different candles and stars.
Here are some more of the candelabras on sale at Office Depot.
Here is an example of one of the Advent stars.
Malmö is also beautiful at night, when it’s all lit up.
This café looked very mysigt. (The Swedish word that is simliar to the Danish “hygge”, meaning “cozy.”)
Another thing I love about Christmas in Sweden is their traditional holiday textiles. I came across this exhibit at a museum in Malmö.
This cloth includes Christmas goats!
This typical 1972 table features two glögg glasses, which Neil and I would soon become very well-acquainted with.
Gingerbread cookies, like those featured in the cloth below, are very popular in Sweden. Gingerbread cookies coupled with blue cheese squeezed out of a tube are a common feature of fika. Fika is the Swedish art of enjoying coffee and sweets with company.
This cloth has it all: Christmas goats, a candlestick with three candles, and gingerbread cookies.
I like the plump horse in the scene below.
I like the pretzels in the pattern below.
In the next post, we’ll be visiting a cultural museum in Lund where I’ll discuss some of the history behind a few of these traditional Swedish items in a little more detail.