Swedish Valentine Day – Alla Hjärtans Dag 14th of February

                                    Alla Hjärtans Dag  or Valentines Day - make it a special day for the one you love. The Nordic Museum in Stockholm has an excellent exhibition about this tradition.http://www.nordiskamuseet.se/aretsdagar/alla-hjartans-dag#sthash.rpRzWxKH.dpuf The tradition is to give romantic gifts like cards with hearts, flowers, chocolate, cakes, soft toy teddy bears or  a romantic dinner for two. Gifts could range from a simple red...

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Swedish Julgransplundring: Christmas tree plundering 20 day Knut – 13th of January

[gallery link="file" order="DESC" columns="2" orderby="title"] In Sweden, julgransplundring (the plundering of the Christmas tree) is a final party to celebrate the season and eat up all of the remaining treats.  On January 13 Swedish families dance around their trees and sing, then ceremoniously remove the decorations before tossing trees out into the cold.  It is important to...

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