X-mas has officially come to Stockholm with the opening of it's annual centuries old X-mas markets.
X-mas has officially come to Stockholm with the opening of it's annual centuries old X-mas markets. Here is governor Hagander opening the market in the old town, which dates from the 13-th century. Even if the days are very short in Sweden just now this is a great day for the young and even the old. Everyone turns out for this carnival like day, not matter what the weather, to buy inexpensive gifts, to welcome "tomten" the Swedish equivalent of St Nicholas, who brings children gifts on Christmas Eve and does no great feat like coming down the chimney but quite banally ringing the front door bell!
We've left the old city and are now in Skansen, Stockholm's famous open air museum which on this Sunday had 17.000 visitors. Old and young destroyed their appetites for Sunday dinner by eating hot dogs, spunsugar lollipops, onion soup and waffles with whipped cream. But no one cared, it is a gay day and Christmas is not far off, when everyone will dance around the Christmas tree at home just as they're doing here at Skansen, another tradition of Christmas market's first day.