Happy 1st Advent!

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Happy First Advent! The first Sunday of Advent comes about four weeks before Christmas. That’s when people light the first candle in the Advent candlestick, a custom going back to the 1890s.

This is always a special event, eagerly awaited. Each Sunday until Christmas, a candle is lit (and blown out after a while), until all four candles are alight. And on each of these Sundays, many Swedes enjoy glögg – a hot, spicy mulled wine with blanched almonds and raisins – and pepparkakor (gingerbread biscuits).

Photo credits: Simon Paulin/imagebank.sweden.se