Tag Archive: Swedish holidays

Jan 06 2015

Predictable insanity


Writing is such a mercurial and occasionally maddening task. How I ended up doing it for a living is a mystery for the ages. Take today, for example. It’s a holiday in Sweden (Epiphany, the one I always forget is an actual day off work) but I’m on a tight deadline for the upcoming issue …

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Dec 28 2014

Shazzer 6, Julbord 0

There are plenty of reasons why spending the Christmas season in Sweden is tough for me, but the country’s terrible holiday food always figures prominently on the list.   Of course I realize that some of my aversion to the typical Swedish Julbord (literally translated: “Christmas table”) is cultural. Pickled herring just isn’t a popular …

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Jun 20 2013

On the verge of Viking puberty

Best re-tweet ever!

Today marks the 11th anniversary of my move Sweden, which basically puts me on the verge of Viking puberty. It’s also the start of what is essentially just over two-week’s worth of celebratory events for Dr. Darling and myself.  June 20th is the date that the Swede and I have always celebrated as the beginning of …

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Dec 13 2012

Lucia Day for non-Swedes


I have been invited to the Lucia celebration at my Goddaughter’s “dagis” (that’s Swedish for “pre-school”) today and am very thankful that it’s in the afternoon rather than the crack of dawn as tradition dictates.  Lucia is celebrated on December 13th across Sweden as the part of the Christmas season. Here’s a humorous tutorial on …

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Nov 03 2012

Assimilation smugness

This is one of those holiday weekends that the Swedes create for themselves by moving the actual holiday that most of the rest of the world knows (in this case, All Saints Day) to Saturday. It’s a practice that drives me crazy even after 10 years of living here. Some people even got a half-day …

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Jun 20 2012

Let Shazz Eat Cake!


Today marks the 10th anniversary of my move from the midwestern United States to Sweden, and when I happened to casually mentioned this to my work colleagues yesterday afternoon, they thought it sounded like an excellent occasion for cake, which I took to mean that they’re glad I came.  😀 So I baked an American-style …

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Feb 08 2012

I’m fat and it’s not even Tuesday!


A colleague decided we needed to have “semlor” for fika today, and who was I to argue with Swedish tradition? Semlor are basically whipped-cream sandwiches made with unsweetened cardamom-spiced buns that have been spread with almond paste and sprinkled with powdered sugar. They were originally eaten on Shrove Tuesday as a last splurge before the …

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