Ring the bells and rejoice, Christmas is coming home. Time for traditions, sweet smells, biscuits and fairy-lights, mulled wine with cinnamon spice, warm family gatherings, candlelit dinners with old friends, conversations by fire, choir performances, nativity plays, craft markets and many more memorable, magical moments. 

Christmas traditions stretch from international to national, from local to personal. In Sweden, Christmas season is associated with cold weather and thus also snow-clad mountains, snowmen, skating, sledding and skiing. When darkness falls early afternoon and rosy cheeks crave rest from all the adrenaline, the wonders of winter move closer to the fireplace. Cups of flavorful chocolate and mulled wine warm up cold hands and please the soul, while the aromas of rice porridge and reindeer meat fill the home. Perhaps someone decorates the evergreen Christmas tree, while others bake gingerbread houses. Whatever the task at hand, the spirits are high and the feeling of coziness contagious. Spend your next Christmas in charming Stockholm, or on the ski slopes of Uppsala and experience the Scandinavian winter magic for yourself.