A Swedish Christmas experience…

This past weekend my friend Lis and I attended the annual Swedish Christmas Market located at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Canada. Lis introduced me to the event about 5 years ago and its now become a must-visit every holiday season. The market is part of a larger Swedish Christmas Fair that Toronto’s Harbourfront hosts with SWEA (Swedish Womens’s Educational Association International). There’s a Pipi Lonstocking Movie Marathon, Lucia Pageant, Kids Swedish Arts and Crafts PLUS the Swedish Cafe which has many delicious treats to eat.

Here’s a few pictures from the market plus some inspirational holiday images I found  on the world web (not my photos). I hope these images encourage you to attend the festival next year and to learn more about the Swedish culture during the holidays.

I recognized this lady who has been volunteering for many years at the market. Her wardrobe is traditionally Swedish and she was very kind to let me snap a photo with her.

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You will find all generations working at the market. Their wardrobes help to create an authentic Swedish feeling to the event.

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A giant Christmas tree acts a a guidepost for folks to meet at… it stands in the middle of the event. Simply decorated… thats the Swedish way!

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Almost every attendee comes to buy the authentic Swedish imported food items. From cookies, crackers, pickled fish to Daim chocolates, there is often a very long lineup to purchase some of the Swede’s favourites! Yum!

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One of the handmade crafted gnomes… a holiday symbol similar to North America’s Christmas elf.

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A Christmas tree with the national flag motif.

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And just in case you are stranded in Sweden during the holidays; you’ll get by with this chart:

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A traditional Christmas wish card meaning ‘Happy Christmas’:

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Yes, people wear candles on their heads in Sweden.

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Red is a favourite colour in Sweden. Imagine greeting Santa at the door while staying in this charming snow-covered house!!! :)

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A classic Swedish style holiday table set-up. Casual, cheery and bright!

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…and a very God Jul to you and yours! KL717068677_o

 

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