December is the darkest time of the year in Scandinavia. So, there is no better time than December to make some light with candles which give emphasis with lights and wisdom and other Christmas light decorations that brighten up their surroundings. Read more about Scandinavian Christmas decorations.
Located at the top of Europe in the northern hemisphere, Scandinavia is composed of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The Scandinavian Christmas style is famous for its beautiful celebration of the holiday season. The sleek silhouettes depict a simple palette from Northern Lights to its snowy winter scenes. The Nordic countries have for centuries been a great inspiration for homes all over the world – from bringing outdoors to the dining table to sophisticated decorations placed on walls and trees outside their homes.
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The ideal setting for the right Christmas mood
Rustic elements, glamorous fur details and natural evergreens give warmth and brightness to a Scandinavian Christmas. With the holiday season right around the corner, we love to share with you the joy of a Scandinavian Christmas and how Scandinavians brighten up the dark season – with style.
Candles, stars, Christmas balls, mini stuff toys and figurines create a wonderful outcome. Imagine a cold winter outside and a well heated Scandinavian home and you have the ideal setting for the right Christmas mood. A Christmas tree is a must, that be a fresh tree from the woods or an artificial tree inspired by nature.
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Less is more
A typical Scandinavian holiday color palette is a white base woven with silver sparkle and bold pops of red. Scandinavian design is known for its sweet simplicity, and also when it comes to Christmas decorations less is more. It is about scaling back and letting a few hey elements shine against a mostly white backdrop.
A Scandinavian winter look is supposed to feel like a breath from fresh mountain air. Adding greenery and some favorite natural textures, is a great way to capture this nature-inspired feeling. Soft pillows and furry throws in a room styled with wood and evergreens become often a huge part of the décor.
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Scandinavian Christmas Decorations
Tea-lights everywhere in the home is a classic Scandinavian look. Many Scandinavian homes will also have a gingerbread house as decoration on the dining room table to get all the family involved in the Christmas spirit. Speaking of the dining table, linens in the traditional colors of the holiday, silver white and red, are commonly used.
Traditional bakes include kransekake and the “seven types” for Christmas: donuts, Sand Cakes, Syrup Cakes, Goro, Curved Cakes, Poor Man and Berlin Wreath – and Gløgg – a homemade Scandinavian mulled wine usually served with blanched almonds, raisins and ginger biscuit to dunk.
A traditional Scandinavian Christmas meal ends with a buffet of sweets, including lots of marzipan. There you have it, Christmas decorations and traditional Christmas food and drink, and everybody have a Scandinavian holiday party to remember.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Scandinavian Christmas Decorations, written by Tor Kjolberg