Swedes flock to Christmas market at ambassador’s residence

On Sunday the 1st of December, the Ambassador hosted a Christmas market at the Swedish residence together with the Swedish Church, Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA) and the Swedish School Association of Bangkok. Guests bought traditional swe_th_xmas5Swedish food and drink, such as smörgåsar, lussebullar, glögg and saft. Other items for sale included Christmas handicrafts and a range of products from organizations that support marginalized children and youth in Bangkok as well as the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines.

To celebrate the first Sunday of advent and the start of the new Christian church year, the Swedish church held a service. “Första advent” is an old tradition and it is celebrated the four Sundays before Christmas day, when you light candles, go to church and in general get into the spirit of Christmas.

Santa Claus also visited the residence to surprise the children; he is always a very welcome and popular guest!

Photo credits: Björn Larsson Ask

Source: Swedish Embassy in Thailand

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