Pine is not the first thing associated with a Swedish Jul. Around the beginning of December Swedes fill their homes with newly sprouted bulbs of hyacinth in white, pink or "blue". In about a week after you water them at home they begin to flower and the house is filled with the colours and scent of a spring garden.
|Photo: Angeline Eriksson|
At first, I thought the whole thing was strange but now I can't imagine Christmas without them. Here's our kitchen with our hyacinth in full bloom.