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The Joy of Jul – An Introduction to a Swedish Christmas
[National]  A Swedish Christmas just isn’t the same without the Joy of Jul. For Swedes, Christmas is not the only important celebration, as Jul (pronounced ‘yule’) is Sweden’s biggest holiday.
Jul – which is described as a sumptuous feast and celebration, shares similarities with other Christmas festivities including a decorated tree, the colour red, gifts, and of course lots of eating and drinking with friends and family.

Swedish born IKEA Interior Designer – Ulrika Thor says, “Swedes love to spread the Joy of Jul and Christmas throughout their homes. The baking for family and friends to enjoy, the table setting that will delight their guests, and the living room that is full of Christmas decorations, lighting, and presents can make for a captivating and enchanting celebration.”

Traditionally, gingerbread, toffee, and caramels are made for a Jul feast, and the time spent making (and sampling) these treats can often be better than eating them. The JULKUL pastry cutters which include Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, reindeer, boot, snowflake, and a sleigh, ensure that you’ll be presenting the best looking gingerbread around for your guests.

“If you need a little help or are short on time for making your own gingerbread, IKEA sell the traditional PEPPARKAKA DEG gingerbread dough for $4.95 in the IKEA Swedish Food Market. It’s so easy to roll out, cut and bake, and guests just love it,” says Ulrika.

‘Julbord’ is the traditional dinner buffet that is at the heart of Swedish traditions, and at this dinner, not only is the food important, but so is the table setting.

“For a traditional Jul table, take classic white TRIVSAM dinnerware and dress it up with traditional accents of red and white. The addition of red and white JULKUL tea towels as napkins which can be rolled up in DROMMAR pastry cutters, and finished with a SMYCKA fake tree twig serve as an eye-catching and welcoming setting for guests.”

“Don’t be afraid to use decorations like the JULMYS series on, above, or around the table. Shapes like stars, hearts, and baubles look great together, and can be grouped on the table in a large glass jar or lantern like POMP as a centrepiece,” says Ulrika.

After the julbord, many Swedes move to their Christmas tree where JULYMYS hanging decorations, and presents can be found.

“It’s easy to create a Christmas feeling in the room with your Christmas tree by just adding a few small touches like cards on top of a doorframe, a STRÅLA advent star floor lamp, or hanging JULMYS decorations in a cluster from a lamp or window frame. The Christmas cheer can be further spread throughout your home with the addition of window lighting – something that can be seen in almost every window of every house at Christmas time in Sweden,” says Ulrika.
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