I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I celebrated my birthday and how people normally celebrate their birthdays in Sweden. I’ll give you a full soon, but for now I thought I’d tell you about the Swedish birthday tradition.
When you go to bed the night before your birthday in Sweden, you don’t have to worry about setting the alarm. You see, really early next morning you will be woken by your family, who will be carrying candles and singing the Swedish birthday song Ja, må hon leva. They will also bring you coffee, cake and a present to you in bed. Since it can get a little awkward when you’re the only one in the room having coffee, the whole family soon makes its way to the living room, where a fancy breakfast has been prepared. More birthday presents are lying on the breakfast table, waiting to be opened.
Personally I’ve never really understood this concept. I’m not exactly a morning person, and do not appreciate being woken up for any reason, not even for presents. It’s not that I don’t like getting presents, I just feel that it’s better if I can have them when I’m already awake.