Celebrating midsummer

June 21, 2013

in Living abroad,Living in Sweden,Stockholm,Stockholm holidays

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Celebrating midsommar in Stockholm, the 2011 version.

Midsummer is without a doubt my favorite Swedish holiday. I love everything about it: that the first day of summer is a day to celebrate, that midsommardagen is actually a holiday, that it is typically spent outside of town and with family and in our case friends, eating and drinking and enjoying summer. I love all the traditions around it, including the May pole and the frog dancing, singing and floral wreaths–and I’ve even come to enjoy the herring and the snaps.

Robert and I have spent most midsommars with Nici and Roger, two of the people we have been lucky enough to be friends with since we moved to Stockholm almost nine years ago. We will be at their place again today. The sun is shining and I couldn’t be happier about it all.

midsommar

Key ingredients for midsommar: chives, vasterbotten cheese and snaps.

midsommar

And of course, herring and beer.

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