In Sweden, St. Knut’s Day represents the end of the Christmas and holiday season, that typically includes Advent Sunday, St. Lucy’s Day, Christmas, New Year, Epiphany, and St. Knut’s Day, all celebrated throughout December and January. This final holiday is typically celebrated with a large feast or party, typically referred to as ‘Knut’s parties’: it is believed that a feast is the main aspect of this celebration due to origins rooted in Swedish agrarian society, during which children would run home to home on St. Knut’s Day, asking for food and drink. The Knut’s party is still very much associated with children: during the 20th century, a focus was placed on children and candy (similar to Halloween), expanding to full-fledged feasts in the 1950s. Churches, schools, kindergartens, and other childcare places typically host Knut’s parties, which may involve candy, food, and the taking down of Christmas decorations: stealing candy from the Christmas tree, smashing and eating gingerbread houses, and scarfing down leftover Christmas desserts are all common occurrences at children’s Knut’s parties. Another popular aspect of the Knut’s party includes removing the Christmas tree: before removing the tree, the children will typically sing and dance while circling the tree to celebrate it one last time. At the end of the party, the Christmas tree is disposed of: one common way in the 20th century was to simply throw the tree out the window; nowadays, fake trees are more popular and are simply broken down and stored for the next year, although real trees may be chopped down for firewood. The Knut’s Party typically lasts a few hours, as long as it takes to rid the tree of all its sweet treats and get rid of it via an axe, a storage box, or a window. Once the treats from the tree are gone, children may get more delicious snacks from a Swedish Fiskdamm (fishing pond) filled with more sweets. Once all the treats are gone, the traditional singing and dancing to bid farewell to the tree begins, often with families and the community getting involved in the traditional dancing around the Christmas tree: this party is known as ‘Julgransskakning’ in some areas, which translates to “Plundering the Christmas Tree.” Regarding the song and dance found at a Knut’s party, many are traditional Christmas songs sang throughout the holiday season: a few songs may have lines specifically written for the Knut’s party, such as “Tjugondag Knut dansas julen ut och då plundras och kasseras granen,” which translates into “Knut’s 20th day dances Christmas away and then plunder and scrap the spruce tree.” The dancing is usually simple, children and their parents jumping and skipping as they circle the tree several times to the tune.