According to a SIFO-survey, 20% of the Swedes celebrate Christmas abroad this year.
Miami, Phuket, and Gran Canaria are at the top of the list on destinations where the Swedes travel most during the holidays. What do all those places have in common? Sun, beaches and a climate that can’t be offered in Sweden in December.
I think everyone has their own expectations on how Christmas should be celebrated depending on where they are from (hands up if you ever used the phrase: “It should be snow on Christmas!” #everyswedeever). That’s why I think it’s interesting to look at why many Swedes every year like to do something completely different from what a typical Christmas “should” look like according to our culture and traditions.
I have celebrated Christmas abroad once, in Thailand in 2012. We were a big traveling party with my family, my cousins family, and our grandmother and we tried to do a typical Swedish Christmas at 30° degree at a beach. We had brought some Christmas soda and Christmas candy from home and spent most of Christmas day trying to find a restaurant which sold meatballs and let’s just say that everything felt a little bit weird gathering around a decorated palm tree instead of a fir tree, haha.
That Christmas didn’t really feel like Christmas, but that experience hasn’t made me repulsed by the idea of celebrating Christmas abroad, on the contrary: I would actually love to celebrate Christmas abroad again! Maybe not go to a destination and bring expectations on what Christmas should look like at home, but more just have an open mind and do as the locals do and experience their traditions. Many people feel stressed around the holidays, having to buy gifts, cook a lot of food and decorate the house and if those things just
I would love to celebrate at least one Christmas in the United Stets since it seems that those guys always go full on on everything, or rent a cabin on the countryside or in the woods in like England or Germany and just bring a couple of loved once and have the coziest time.
But in the same time, I have absolutely nothing against staying home at Christmas, hang out with relatives, eat a lot of great food and just have a couple of days without zero expectations and gather new energy for the new year. As long as I’m surrounded by love, it honestly
Where would you rather spend Chrismtas, home or abroad?