At Christmas, we bring out our handcrafted decorations, fill our homes with candlelight, decorate our tree and go back to our grandmother’s recipes to bake gingersnaps and saffron buns. A mouth-watering Christmas smorgasbord of pickled herring, meatballs, Christmas ham, and much, much more is often served at lunch time. The left-overs will sometimes last for days to come. Song, dance, and the opening of presents in the company of Santa are also common features on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day and the day after are also holidays in the Swedish calendar, and when possible, we prefer to also take the days between Christmas and New Year off, giving us a nice, long, and relaxing holiday. For school children the holiday break usually extends a week into January.