"The 'Tomte' is the Swedish name for Santa Claus and originates from a dwarfish guardian of the farm. It was when the artist Jenny Nyström in the 1880s painted the Tomte as a combination of the little goblin and Father Christmas that it became the most important symbol of Christmas in Sweden.
One other central element of Swedish Christmas is the food. The typical meal starts with a smorgasbord - consisting of various kinds of pickled herring, liver pâté, smoked sausages, cabbage, meatballs, 'Jansson's Temptation' (a potato gratin with pickled sprats) and the much longed-for ham - often followed by 'lutfisk' (dried ling previously soaked in lye) and rounded off with rice pudding.
One oddity in Sweden, as in the other Nordic countries, is that the festival culminates on the day before Christmas, i.e. Christmas Eve, 24th December. This is the day when the Christmas lunch or dinner is eaten and the presents distributed. It is also the day when most Swedes watch the incredibly popular Walt Disney cartoons on TV."
It also struck me about empathy deficits again, now concerning therapists. Isn't it empathy deficits from a/the therapist that doesn't/didn't understand the needs in a small (or even bigger) child for care, attention, genuine respect, being listened to really etc.? And from the therapist saying: "But haven't we spoken enough of childhood now?" What should then be spoken about? Don't the roots, the origins of problems later, come from childhood? Even if the adult, no matter how harmed in childhood, has responsibility for her/himself, for doing something about her/his problems (but she/he also need proper help for this, and is entitled to demand that too).