For the couple, the holidays are about being together with friends and family, “A lot of our friends stay for the holidays, but a lot also go home to their countries, so maybe a week or so before Christmas we have a ‘friendsmas’ dinner before everyone heads home for their own family celebrations,” explains Alex.
This year’s guestlist includes their friend Jesse, originally from the US, Elea and Magali from France and Olivia from Germany. It’s their last chance to get together before some of them head off home to see family.
Plenty of food and fun is on the cards for the evening, with prep starting well in advance. They begin by wrapping small gifts for the post-dinner "julklappsleken", or Christmas present game, and getting the house and dining table party ready.
Being surrounded by forest has its pluses. The woodland offers a wealth of baubles and garlands – courtesy of mother nature. From decking the halls (and doors) with boughs of spruce, pine cones and moss, the self-foraged decorations are beautiful – and free!