A Scandinavian-style Christmas is not only about decorations but also about embracing the spirit of simplicity, togetherness, and the beauty of the winter season. The Danish concept of “hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga) emphasizes creating a cozy and warm atmosphere. Scandinavians often focus on making their homes inviting with soft lighting, candles, and warm blankets during the Christmas season.
Natural decorations and minimalist decor characterise this winter trend. Evergreen branches, pine cones, and other items found in nature make delightful DIY decorations and the overall ‘look’ has an emphasis on clean lines, neutral colors, and a focus on the beauty of simplicity.
Advent calendars are a popular way to count down the days until Christmas, often filled with small treats or gifts. Additionally, candles play a significant role in Scandinavian Christmas celebrations, symbolising light and warmth during the dark winter days.
Traditional Scandinavian Christmas ornaments and crockery often include symbols of nature and folklore. Common motifs include stars, hearts, gnomes, and animals like birds or reindeer. Many families also have heirloom ornaments passed down through generations.
Like many cultures, Scandinavians emphasise the importance of spending time with family and friends during the holiday season. Christmas gatherings often involve shared meals, storytelling, and creating lasting memories.