We celebrate Christmas a day “early” in Sweden. While most countries celebrate on December 25th, we celebrate on the 24th on Christmas Eve. It’s all very traditional with specific foods and drinks. Most people would probably frown at the choices on the Swedish Christmas table, since there is no turkey for example.
Instead we have a special, roasted ham with a mustard glace. I’d like to say it’s on of the corner stones of Swedish Christmas. Another thing you’ll find at nearly every table is the Jansons Frestelese (Janson’s Temptation), which is a casserole with potatoes, onion and pickled sprats (amongst other things). I personally don’t eat it, since I don’t eat fish (or any sea food). Other common things are meatballs and sausages, pickled herring and brewer’s wort.
We also drink a special drink that usually is only available around Christmas. (Though in later years they’ve “cheated” and started selling it around Easter as well.) It’s called Christmas Must, and looks kind of like Coke, but it’s quite different. It contains malt and hops, but is non-alcoholic.
I found it quite interesting to read that Coca-Cola’s sales decrease with 50% during December in Sweden, because everyone gets the Christmas Must instead. The recipe for the must is secret, and Coca-Cola have tried several times to buy it, but so far to no avail.
But in short, Merry Christmas everyone!
How do you celebrate Christmas? Is it more traditional, or does your country have some special traditions/foods as well?