- Candle light in the dark morning
- The smell of coffee, hot chocolate and warm saffron buns
- The quiet and calm, and then the music and song
- The feel of Christmas
- The way it’s made up of a mixture of Christian and hedonistic elements, out of which the celebration of light and the anticipation of the return of the Sun is my favourite
Overall I’d say that the greatest thing about many Swedish traditions is that they are quite divorced from Christianity and have a more general or natural celebratory feel to them. That makes them easier to celebrate as an atheist or non-christian. Almost all of them are concerned with seasonal changes, and the dis- and reappearance of the light, something that definitely still strikes a chord with many people living in the north.