So much of Christmas related imagery could be set in Scandinavia. Inhabitants of this region are no strangers to winters with firs and pines, an abundance of warm light, cozy homes covered in snow, delicious food, and long evenings spent indoors during Christmas. Scandinavian countries take their Christmas seriously, and share many traditions with one another, such as the celebration of Advent, a season which starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Calendars that mark the countdown to Christmas (Advent calendars, or "julekalender" in Danish) are also popular in countries like Denmark. Christmas Eve church services are attended by thousands of people, and in Finland the declaration of Christmas Peace, held since the 1320s in the city of Turku, has been broadcast by the Finnish Broadcasting Company since 1935.
Christmas food and decorations
Food is also an important part of Christmastime celebrations, and a special feast known as “julbord” in Swedish, “julebord” in Norwegian, and “julefrokost” in Danish is set up for the occasion. Among other dishes, Swedes particularly like what is called “Janssons frestelse” (or "Jansson’s temptation"), a traditional casserole made of potatoes, onions, pickled sprats, bread crumbs, and cream. The soft drink known as “Julmust”, available in the country only during Christmastime, is the preferred drink accompaniment to Christmas food for an astonishing 78 percent of Swedes. Most Danes bake for themselves for the holiday season, and when it comes to the meal, duck and roasted pork are the most popular kinds of meat eaten for Christmas. A Christmas tree is also a very important part of the holiday season. In Denmark, there were around 2,565 Christmas tree farms operating in 2022, and a large part of the Christmas trees exported by the country find their new homes in Germany.
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