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Swedish Midsummer

  
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One of my favourite things about living in Sweden is the Swedish celebration of Midsummer on Midsummer's Eve. It's a lovely celebration of the longest day of the year and we get to spend quality time with lovely people on a day when there is absolutely nothing else anyone needs to do. Such a rare thing these days.
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Flower Crown Midsummer Flowers
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We live out in the Skåne countryside and invite our friends out to the house for a garden party, we basically do whatever we like, make flower crowns, eat and drink all day, swim in the local lake, skate the mini ramp, watch the kids and dogs go pretty much ferrel ... generally have the best day. I hope Tilda grows up with memories of these good times, it's times like this that I look back on fondly from my childhood.
Whatever happens, two things we can be sure of, there will be flowers, lots of flowers (in my lace covered jars, probably!), and there will be at least one rain shower, this is almost 100% guaranteed every year, the most you can hope for is that it's not right in the middle of when you're sitting down to eat!
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We've randomly picked through the traditions of midsummer choosing the ones we love best, flower crowns, midsummer 'stång' (a cross with round bits on the arms, erected like a maypole, pretty much the same thing, a phallus that people dance around!) and lots and lots of food and drink. There are many more great traditions for midsummer, the film below sums up pretty well what the whole thing is about.
Why not start your own tradition, it'll be the perfect excuse to get that bottle of schnapps out! 😉
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