We wanted to take the opportunity to send a Christmas card from Stockholm to all of you TBEX-ers out there. The winter is a bit slow this year, but temperatures fell below 0C last week and we’ve had a little dust of snow. We took this photo at the wonderful viewpoint Monteliusvägen the other night, with the Stockholm City Hall seen across the water.

Image 1 Monteliusvägen

On December 22 the winter solstice will give us the darkest day of the year. The sun rises at 8:43 and sets already at 14:48, which is almost opposite how it will be when you visit us for TBEX in July. To battle the darkness Stockholm is now covered in twinkling Christmas lights and the most popular of them all are these huge glittering moose. Aren’t they just lovely?

Image 2 Christmas moose

There are also many Christmas markets to visit, for instance in the Old Town, where you can buy handicrafts, sweets and sample some hot mulled wine (glögg). As in most other cities right now, the streets are bustling with people making their rounds to buy Christmas presents. In squares and on street corners you can buy Christmas trees and in almost every window you can see advent stars like these.

Image 3 advent stars

We are preparing to celebrate Christmas with family and friends, and in Sweden we celebrate on the 24th of December. We eat Christmas ham, Swedish meatballs of course, pickled herring and loads of gingerbread cookies and saffron buns. We call them “pepparkakor” and “lussekatter”, and if you want to try your hand at making them, here are recipes in English.

We want to wish you happy holidays and a joyous New Year – no matter how or where in the world you will be celebrating. Here in Sweden we say “god jul” which means “merry Christmas” – so GOD JUL everybody!

/ Love from your TBEX Stockholm friends.

Pssst! We are sending you a belated Christmas present in January. That’s when we will publish all the pre-Bex tours, FAM trips, and post-BEX tours for next year. They are a bit tricky to wrap, so we’ll just post them on the TBEX Stockholm site for you to dig into. We hope you’ll like them!