A Swedish Christmas With Stina, Our Homewares Buyer


A Scandinavian Christmas has so much romance. The snow, the spicy mulled wine, the smell of gingerbread baking and the furniture with its superior design. 😉 Join our Homewares Buyer Stina for her Swedish Christmas.


Christmas is:

Family. Food. Snow. Wood fire. And glögg. (The Swedish version of mulled wine!)

Christmas is a truly magical time of the year back in the north of Sweden where I’m from. It’s very cold, dark and there’s lots of snow, so it’s definitely very different from celebrating here in Australia!

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Stina and fam on Christmas Day!

We celebrate on the 24th of December but the whole month of December is a very exciting time with lots of holiday feelings… and a lot of dinner parties. We celebrate Lucia on the 13th of Dec and it just feels like there’s a lot of happenings around this time of the year.

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The 24th of December is the big Christmas celebration… We usually get to open one present each in the morning. When we were little we usually got to open a present that would keep you busy all day since you don’t get to open the rest of the presents until after dinner when Santa comes (!).

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Stina’s hometown in the morning and the celebration of St Lucia’s Day on December 13th. St Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred, killed for her faith, in 304AD. (Image sourced: carolsofchristmas.com)

After breakfast, we usually go for a walk in the snow and then everyone meets up and starts preparing dinner. At 3pm, every Swedish family will be gathered in the living room to watch The Donald Duck Christmas Show on TV – it’s the same time and exactly the same show every year! You could say it’s the show that stops the nation. 😉

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After Donald Duck, it’s time for dinner and this is the most special time of the day. Swedish food is delicious and every Swede has pretty much the same things on their Christmas table – ham, smoked salmon, pickled herring, Swedish meatballs, lots of different sauces and condiments. 🙂

We drink “Jul must” (Christmas Cola) which is a special soft drink that is only available over Christmas and Easter.

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Traditional Swedish food, glögg and gingerbread. Images sourced L to R: marcussamuelsson.com and oster2.se

After dinner, it’s time for glögg and gingerbread cookies and this is usually when Santa knocks on the door and it’s finally presents time! 🙂

The rest of the night, we play board games and just spend lots of quality time with the family! On the 25th and 26th of December everyone goes clubbing since this is the best time to catch up with friends – that’s back home over the holidays!

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Hot tip for surviving Christmas

I never felt that I had to “survive” Christmas – I LOVE it. 🙂 It’s all about spending time with friends and family, great food and cosy times with your loved ones.


Stina’s gift picks

Ecoya’s Christmas Candle, it’s a beautiful fragrance that you can use all year round, and it looks great with an on-trend copper lid!


A pot from Mr Greengrass – love these colours.


And a wall art print from Americanflat – anything from the new range LILA + LOLA would be a great present.


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Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.