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God Jul – Christmas vocabulary

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God Jul! First of all, I wish you a merry Christmas. I hope you can make it cozy at home and can spend it with loved ones.

God Jul

I know that some of my loyal readers are also learning Swedish, so I thought I could share some Swedish words around Christmas with you today.

God Jul! Merry Christmas
julkalendern the advents calendar
en kalender a calendar
adventsljusstake advent chandelier
en ljusstake a chandelier
adventsstjärna advent star
en stjärna a star
Luciatåget the Lucia parade
jultomten the Santa Claus
julklappar Christmas presents
julvärd tv-host on Christmas Eve
Kalle anka Donald Duck
Julafton Christmas Eve
juldagen Christmas
annandag jul
mellandagarna the days between Christmas and New Year
Julbord (julbordet) Christmas buffet
Julskinka Christmas ham
en skinka a ham
Janssons frestelse Jansson’s temptation
pepparkakshus gingerbread house
glögg glühwein
julöl Christmas beer
julmust Christmas coke

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Julbord, the Swedish Christmas buffet

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A Julbord (literally: Christmas table) is a buffet that is very popular during the Christmas season in Sweden. Various dishes like Julskinken, or the Christmas ham, pickled herring, different salmon dishes, Swedish meatballs, beet salad, crispbread, gubbröra (egg salad with anchovies) and Jansson’s Temptation are just some of the dishes that come on the table. To finish they have a rice pudding. As a drink there is julöl (Christmas beer) or julmust (a kind of Christmas cola).

God Jul


The tradition of the Christmas buffet would come from the Vikings. At the beginning of the 20th century, people wanted to work out the Christmas traditions: the tables were completely decorated and the dishes got an upgrade.

Julbord at the restaurant

Most of Sweden celebrates Christmas on Christmas eve. However, you can also be invited to a Christmas buffet in the weeks before. Many restaurants also serve a Christmas buffet. For example, you can go to Stockholm at Oaxen Krog, Fjäderholmarnas Krog, Stadshuskällaren and Hermans. Reservations are always advisable.

Swedish Christmas traditions: SVT’s Julkalender

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Since 1960, you can watch a special TV series broadcasted on the Swedish television channel SVT every year during the advent. SVT’s Julkalender or Christmas calendar as the series is called, offers a different story every year. In 2017 it will be a Science Fiction series. On the SVT website you can also view all episodes of previous years.

Foto BERTIL S-SON ÅBERG SVT SVT-Julkalender Titteliture



The advent calendar began as part of another program, but it is now a complete program on its own that is very popular with children. An episode of SVT’s Christmas calendar takes about a quarter of an hour. The first series in 1960 was Titteliture. Some years are even released on DVD. SVT’s Christmas calendar is something that is very popular. The Swedish looks forward to announcing the title and the cast for the coming year. Viewer audiences of 2 millions and more are no exception (with only 10 million Swedes, that’s really a lot), mostly children but secretly, adults are looking forward to it too. It’s nostalgia, and Swedes also likes their Christmas traditions. SVT’s Christmas calendar is not the only thing around Christmas that gets most of Sweden in front of the television. Their Christmas Eve each year begins with Kalle Anka.

Here you learn more about Swedish Christmas traditions.