Merry Christmas from the friends at Sweet

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With only three days left until Christmas we want to take the opportunity to thank you for a great year and summarize what has happened at Sweet this year.

First of all, we would like to say welcome to all our new colleagues and customers. Ahlsell, Volvofinans, Scanjet and Nordnet are some of our new customers that have contributed to a lot of fun and challenging projects this year. Thank you!

This year we also reached a new record in the number of feedbacks from our customers and partners, which has led to many great ideas of how we can develop our products further.

Sweet goes international

We have the privilege of having 4 new international colleagues joining our team this year representing Poland, Brazil and Syria. We asked them how they celebrate Christmas compared to what we do in Sweden and they told us some really interesting stories, you can read them below. We bet you didn’t know that…

  • …in Poland they don’t eat meat during Christmas because they believe that it’s a holiday where we unite with the animals and that animals can talk with a human voice.
  • …in Brazil you celebrate Christmas on midnight between the 24th and the 25th of December.
  • …in Syria you celebrate Christmas even though 90 % of the people are Muslim.

You can read more about João, Gosia, Daniel and Safinaz cultures and traditions here. Who knows – you might adopt some of their traditions to bring to your celebrations?

We wish you a Sweet Christmas and a Happy New Year!

A Brazilian Christmas with João Bentes

For most of the Brazilian people Christmas is a big family thing where we all get together to celebrate. On the 24th of December, all grandmothers and grandfathers start cooking together and then we have a big banquet and dinner in the evening. We celebrate Christmas on the midnight between the 24th and the 25th of December. At this time Santa comes, we give gifts and serve some champagne. We only do this after midnight so the kids have to wait up late and are very excited to get their gifts. During the next day, the 25th, we have a big lunch where we eat all leftovers from the day before, so we cook a lot of food during the 24th.

Since my family is from the north of Brazil, we have a mixed Christmas table with influences from the American culture with the turkey for example. Sometimes we have a big barbeque on Christmas and we also eat a traditional food from my region which is a duck soup that we prepare with cassava. We eat Christmas cake with nuts and some traditional sweets. One example of this is a fruit called corazon (tastes really bitter) that we prepare together with condensed milk to get a really sweet taste.

We have a Christmas tree as you do in Sweden, but since they do not grow in Brazil we have fake ones. Some people have other Brazilian trees instead, like a palm tree or something like that.

This year me and my wife will celebrate Christmas in Sweden for the first time, we have always been traveling back to Brazil before. We are looking forward to it.

Feliz Natal e um Próspero Ano Novo!

A Polish Christmas with Gosia Malgorzata

In Poland, Christmas is the most important day of the year. We believe that whatever you do during the 24th, you will do it the entire year, so we try to be really nice.

We start by taking a kind of waffle (“oplatek”) that you break with your family members to wish them health for the new year. Around the Christmas table we always have a seat empty prepared with a plate and everything. From the beginning people believed that this was a place for the spirit of somebody who died recently. Nowadays we keep this empty seat for someone that don’t have a family so if he would knock on our door he would always find a place to sit.

We have a huge dinner around 5 or 6 o clock where we eat 12 dishes, because of the 12 apostles. We start with a special soup, this is my favorite and it is made of fermented flour which we prepare with sour cream and mushrooms. It is sour but it’s the best soup you could eat and you only eat this during Christmas so you must wait an entire year to eat it.

The most special thing about our Christmas food is that we eat it without meat and that is because we believe that Christmas should be a holiday where we unite with the animals. It’s a bit strange because we do eat fish but we believe that during Christmas animals can speak with a human voice – that’s why we don’t eat them. People really believe this so they treat animals extra nice during Christmas. We also have pirogue and carp among our 12 dishes and the idea is to taste everything because no one would manage to eat that much food.

After dinner we open presents and the difference compared to Sweden is that we believe that the Christmas presents on the 24th is from the angel. Santa Claus has his name day on December 6th so he brings gift during this day, on Christmas we open presents from the angel. At midnight we go to a special mess called Pasterka.

I always celebrate my Christmas in Poland because there is no Christmas without home.

Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

A Polish and Brazilian Christmas with Daniel Nosralla

I grew up in Brazil but my mother is from Poland so we spent most of our Christmases with my mother’s family. We didn’t have that many traditions during Christmas but were always spending a nice dinner together with the family. We had a Brazilian Christmas with some Polish influences. We didn’t have that big Brazilian family but we still embraced the traditions and some of the traditional food.

What I always thought was a bit weird during Christmas was that everyone had Christmas decorations outside that was meant for snow. For example, a snowman, Santa etc. and I thought that it didn’t fit together with our warm environment in Brazil, haha. It could be 36 degrees outside so to have a snowman felt a bit strange. Everyone loves Christmas in Brazil.  Just as João does with his family, we also celebrate between the 24th and 25th.

Since we had Polish origin in my family we embraced some of their traditions for Christmas but we did not have 12 dishes like Gosia has in her family- only the traditional ones such as beetroot soup.  We also had turkey and other American/Brazilian Christmas food. We of course had a Christmas tree and presents under it as well.

I moved to Sweden four years ago so I’ve tried some Swedish Christmas food and I really liked it. This year we will celebrate in Sweden with some friends so it will be an even more mixture of the Christmas food.

Feliz Natal e um Próspero Ano Novo!

A Syrian Christmas with Safinaz Awad

Christmas is a big holiday for me and I am looking forward to celebrating it. I come from Syria and it is actually a big tradition there. People don’t think that we celebrate Christmas in Syria since it is a Christian holiday but a lot of us do. Only 10 % of the Syrian people are Christians but even though I am a Muslim we celebrate this holiday. I have a lot of Christian friends and we celebrate in a similar way to how we do in Sweden.

We celebrate Christmas during midnight between the 24th and on the 25th of December. During the 24th of December we arrange for a big Christmas dinner and we take a long time to prepare the food. Of course, we also have a Christmas tree and we decorate it as in we do in Sweden with all the ornaments and lights. We also have a Santa coming where someone will dress up as Santa and give the Christmas presents to the children.

On the Christmas table we have a special kind of Spanish bread that we eat and then we also have “baba ghanoush”. We eat a special Syrian sweet during Christmas called Baklava, which is really tasty. It it a sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts which is sweetened and held together with syrup or honey.

This year we will bring the whole family together during Christmas and some friends will join in as well. We are going to have a Christmas dinner in the evening and during the day we just hang out together. On the 25th we will go to the church.

عيد ميلاد مجيد وعام سعيد