Swedish Christmas Traditions is the series where I try my best to explain a few of the Swedish (or Scandinavian) Christmas traditions (you can check out the previous posts in this series here and here). This time I'm going to tell you about the advent star;
Advent is a pretty big part of the Swedish Christmas celebration and the advent star is a part of that. A few days before the first sunday of advent every Swede puts up one or several advent stars in their windows. The star is supposed to represent the star of Betlehem and the tradition came to Sweden in the first half of the 1900's. There are many different types of advent stars but the paper stars has become very popular the last couple of years (when I grew up most stars were made of metal or wood). I think the advent star is a really nice holiday decoration and it adds some light to the dark winter months. You can read more about the Swedish advent traditions here.
(As you can see in the picture we actually got some snow this weekend! That always makes me even more excited for Christmas!)