In the Swedish Lutheran/Evangelical Covenant tradition, Julotta is celebrated in the early morning of Christmas Day, beginning at 5 or 6 a.m. This tradition started during the Middle Ages in Sweden. The church is illuminated with candles in windows, and any other place that will hold candles. Congregation members will come to church when it is still dark, only to find the church lit only by candlelight inside to welcome in the light of the Christ child. Juniper bushes are cut and branches are placed around the altar and down the aisle. The altar is aglow with candles and a gold emboidered cloth placed on it. Communion may be served during this service, following the sermon. Each individual is given a candle and it is lighted during the opening hymn to welcome in the light of Christ through his birth. (3)
Julotta is pronounced: yule-loota (2).