Yesterday it was 1st of advent. Advent it a pretty serious thing here in Sweden, its the one thing everyone looks forward to after two months with rain/snow, darkness and staying in.We crave the warmth, to meet up with friends, to eat good food and to celebrate.
This is also a day full of personal traditions for me. Taking out my advent-stars and putting them into my windows (and the yearly struggle with the timers, trying to make them light up at the same time), eating advent-lunch and the yearly christmas market in the city.
It all starts with lightening the advent candle, this tradition have been around since the 19th century with its origin in Germany and their advent-tree where they lit 7 candles (one for each day of the week) every sunday.
Then we always eat “advent-lunch”, with meatballs, prinskorv (the small sausage, its the same as a vienna sausage), christmas-ham and the Swedish speciality of “Julmust”, a sweet soft drink only sold during christmas.
After lunch, its time to go down to the city-centre and the yearly christmas market. Here we always drink this years Blossa-glögg (this years flavor was Earl Gray, it was amazing!), we lit a candle in the snow for those who are not here with us anymore and then all of us friends meet up at the same restaurant, which none of us like, and eat before going home.