I have to say that I really like the concept of Christmas in Sweden when compared to how it is in America (as I perceive it anyway). For starters, Sweden and Scandinavians celebrate Christmas on 24 December...a day early by my standards where we celebrate it on the actual day. And also, from what I have seen in three different Swedish households over the last 5 years (Robin, Markus, and Alex), Christmas isn't intended to be this budget-busting, go-into-debt experience that it is in the US: Within reason of course, what the gift is as important as the fact that a gift is given. It is acceptable to send $30 a person on a gift. Maybe I am too jaded from my US experiences, but I can't imagine that $30 gifts are acceptable from family members -- only from office workmates or friends. But I don't say that everything is wrong with Christmas in America. Indeed, I have had some wonderful memories of American Christmas.
Anyway, let's not lose the intent of this message...
I wish everyone a very very Merry Christmas, whether around the corner from me or around the world! May you get everything you wish for, and may you give more than you receive :-)