It’s FINALLY December! Is it just me or has November been way too long? In any case, we should celebrate December because we are now officially allowed to get excited for Christmas! No one can tell us that we are playing Christmas songs “too early” anymore. We are also free to decorate as much and as maniacally as we possibly want, which actually leads me to today’s blogging topic: Christmas Decorations.
Being from Denmark, I’ve grown up with a pretty standard Scandinavian Christmas: Homemade Christmas decorations, gløgg, æbleskiver, candles in every possible corner of the house and elves crawling up and down walls to get to their rice pudding. It seems simple and it is. That’s what’s so good about it and what Christmas boils down to in the end. Of course, there is a loose religious undertone (It IS J.C.’s birthday after all) but it’s lost its focus over the years. Now I feel like Christmas is much more simplistic in nature and more about enjoying the moments, the people and the food.
In Scandinavia, we like to keep our Christmas decorating simplistic as well. Simplistic but down to earth (and I say that quite literally*). That doesn’t mean that it’s ever boring though or any less cosy. In Denmark especially, we love bringing the concept of “hygge” in wherever and whenever we can.
“Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special.” – Hyggehuset.com
Christmas is full of ‘hygge’ and your home should become a reflection of that, especially during the holidays. So here are my top tips on how to decorate “the Scandinavian way”:
- Geometric shapes:
Geometric shapes in your Christmas decor will bring a much more modern look to your home. Use fx. beautifully folded paper ornaments or some simple metallic golden ones to bring a breath of fresh air to your tree this Christmas.
- *Bring nature inside:
Scandinavians love bringing nature into our homes. So, of course, a tree in the living room is not enough! Use furs, knits, pine, pinecones, moss, wood, basically, anything you can think of that might do well in a bowl or a decoration. Bring branches inside and hang ornaments from them for another chic, eye-catching decoration.
- Lighting is important:
Natural lighting is the best so decorate with lots of candles, scented candles (I recommend: cinnamon, pine and firewood), tea lights and try using ‘warm white’ coloured fairy lights for your tree to really bring out all the beautiful colours of the ornaments you have decorated with.
- Use neutral colours:
Browns, greys, whites, blacks, gold, silver, bottle green, wine red are all staples of a Scandinavian Christmas! Try to incorporate them as best you can.
- Simplicity is key:
You don’t want to over decorate! A couple of your favourite smelling candles in the windowsill, a branch with your favourite baubles and a cosy furry throw over the back of the sofa and you’re off to a solid start.
- Homemade is the way to go:
You can also make your own ornaments and decorations yourself.
In my family, we have a tradition of meeting up at my granny’s house to make our own Christmas decorations. We do all this while singing along to our favourite Christmas songs, drinking mulled wine and eating traditional Danish Christmas foods. It’s incredibly budget friendly and is a lot of fun! If you are a crafty or artistic person, I definitely recommend it!
So there you have it! A little bit of Nordic inspiration for the Holiday season. Remember to put on your favourite Christmas tunes while decorating to really get into the Holiday spirit!
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