2nd Christmas Day

2nd Christmas Day Quick Facts

AKA NameAnnandag Jul, Annandag Jul, 2 svátek vánoční
Hashtags#ChristmasEve, #OzzieChristmas, #ChristmasAtHomeIsBest
2019 Date26 December 2019
2020 Date26 December 2020
2nd Christmas Day

2nd Christmas Day History

Second Christmas Day is a time for socialising with friends and family. It is celebrated in Sweden the day after Christmas. The themes and activities of the day are very similar to Christmas day itself, although they may incorporate a wider network of people. The day also marks the start of bandy season; the second most popular winter sport in the world. The game itself is similar to ice hockey and has been played in Sweden since 1895.

Second Christmas Day is on December 26. Church services are held but not to the extent that they used to be, there are well wishing messages from public figures and public services, shops and public attractions will be operating on different hours.

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2nd Christmas Day Facts & Quotes

  • Annandagsbandy is the Swedish tradition of playing bandy games on Second Christmas, or St. Stephen’s Day.
  • Ingmar Bergman won an Oscar for Fanny and Alexander. Set in the 1800s, it reflects Swedish Christmas celebrations today and is a national favourite.
  • Klä julgranen means literally, to dress the tree. in Swedish, Julhandla is Christmas shopping and Julpyssla is to decorate your house, lots.
  • Swedish food includes dishes like Jansson’s Frestelse: which means, Jansson’s Temptation. It is a baked casserole made of potatoes cut into matchsticks, onions, bread crumbs, cream, and pickled sprats and part of the Julbord (buffet) of Christmas food. Other dishes include Julskinka, baked ham and Sill, pickled herring.
  • The Swedish Christmas is definitely unique, even throughout Scandinavia. Like Christmas everywhere, it's a very family-centered holiday. - Marcus Samuelsson, Swedish chef and restaurateur

2nd Christmas Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit relatives, the Christmas period is long in Sweden, so it is a time when people travel far to see friends and relatives.
  • Read some Rimma (rhymes) that you received with your presents. Each gift must be accompanied by a poem for the recipient with rhyming couplets.
  • Sing carols with your family and friends. Second Christmas Day is traditionally a day of carol singing.
  • Make a feast. Food is very important during Christmas. Swedish dishes create a smörgåsbord, a buffet offering a wide variety of hot and cold dishes. Usually you can find Christmas ham, pork sausage, an egg and anchovy mixture (gubbröra), herring salad, pickled herring, home-made liver pâté and wort-flavoured rye bread (vörtbröd).
  • Watch a Christmas-themed movie. Our favourites include:
    1) Fanny and Alexander (1982), this film depicts a family in Uppsala, Sweden during the 1900s and is a national favourite.
    2) Home Alone (1990), this 90s classic features a youthful Donald Trump
    3) Elf (2003), Will Ferrell’s modern Christmas classic

2nd Christmas Day References and Related Sites

Swedish Christmas
Words for Swedish Christmas

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