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Malta Rambles, Sweden Rambles, Travel & Culture

Celebrating Christmas in Malta and Sweden (Masterpost)

This year, unfortunately, I don’t have time to do any Christmas posts. However, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything Christmassy to read on my blog.

I have just reviewed and updated my three-part Christmas series from last year. I am collecting all of them here on this post so that it will be easier for you to read all the series (and easier for me to promote 😉 ).

These posts will appeal to you if you’re interested in the cultural aspect of Christmas. You will discover how we celebrate this holiday here in Malta and in my boyfriend’s home country, Sweden.

Hope you’ll like them!

Care to tell me about your Christmas traditions? Leave a comment on this post or drop me a mail!
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Sweden Rambles, Travel & Culture

Sweden Rambles: Walpurgis Night

After writing about two major holidays in Sweden – Midsummer and Christmas – it is time for me to discover another special day in this Nordic country. Or perhaps it’s better to say a special night since this kind of celebration usually starts while the sun is setting down.

I am talking about Walpurgis Night, which falls on the 30th of April. I actually heard of this event for the first time two years ago, when Matt sent me video clips of the celebrations he had attended, while he was still living in Sweden.

Incidentally, the King of Sweden celebrates his birthday on the same day, so it is a double event for the country, with official celebrations held outside the Royal Palace in Stockholm.

But back to Walpurgis Night: what is it exactly and how do the Swedes celebrate it?

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Malta Rambles, Sweden Rambles, Travel & Culture

Celebrating Christmas in Malta and Sweden (Part 3)

Here is the third and final part of my Christmas series of posts. Of course, the focus now is on the last and most important days of the period: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Make sure that you have read the previous two parts. Hope you’ve enjoyed the series!

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Malta Rambles, Sweden Rambles, Travel & Culture

Celebrating Christmas in Malta and Sweden (Part 2)

Welcome to the second part of this short series of posts about Christmas customs in my native country (Malta) compared to my boyfriend’s country of origin (Sweden).

I’d like to thank all the people who commented and +1’d my previous post on Google+. Make sure you read it before jumping to today’s post.

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Malta Rambles, Sweden Rambles, Travel & Culture

Celebrating Christmas in Malta and Sweden (Part 1)

Ever since I moved in with my boyfriend Matt, not only did I learn more about Swedish customs (which vary to an extent from what I am used to), but I have also learned to adapt better to the Christmas period by taking what I like from rituals in order to create our personal Christmas tradition in our new home.

After researching a bit on the Internet to back up my writing, I have realised that there is way too much information about Christmas from both cultures. Therefore, I feel forced to divide my material into at least three posts, hopefully posting each of them once a week up till Christmas.

This first post is about…

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