St. Knut’s Day

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January 13: St. Knut’s Day

In Sweden, January 13 is the traditional day to discard the Christmas tree and end the season’s festivities.


A children’s party is the favored way to strip the tree of its decorations, after which the children are free to “plunder” the edible treats and small gifts placed on the tree especially for the occasion.


This Christmas tree plundering is often accompanied by smashing up the gingerbread houses and eating them while discarding of the decorations.


Finally, everyone “dances” the tree out the door. Singing special songs, they pick up the tree and toss it out into the snow.