Some examples of holiday traditions in Sweden include beginning the Christmas season with St. Lucia's Day and ending it with St. Knut's day in January. During this time Swedish people make crafts, bake treats and breads, and put up Christmas trees.
St. Lucia's Day is on December 13. On this holiday the youngest girl in the family wakes before dawn and dresses in a white robe, red sash and a crown of evergreens with tall lit candles. The boys in the family wear white shirts and pointed hats to symbolize stars. The daughter serves her parents buns and coffee in bed.
Swedish people get ready for Christmas by making cookies, cakes and breads for the holiday. They also prepare a ham, traditionally served at a Christmas buffet. Crafts include little cardboard and tissue presents made for children. They also make straw animals or wooden hearts.
Swedish people wait until a couple of days before Christmas to buy and decorate their trees. Santa looks like a gnome in Sweden and is called Tomte. An adult dressed as Tomte arrives after Christmas dinner and brings a big bags of toys to give to the children. Swedish families leave their Christmas trees up until St. Knut's Day on January 13. For this holiday, they make heart-shaped baskets filled with candy.