Dreaming of a Nordic Christmas?
5 Nordic Christmas traditions that are pure hygge!
The Holiday Season is upon us and at ENIITO we’ll give you a few insights on how to celebrate a true Nordic Christmas. Christmas is all about family and hygge. Cosy up in front of the fireplace with us and we’ll show you how it’s done.
1.The Eatable ones… Æbleskiver
Starting with the eatable traditions Christmas time in Scandinavia is – as in many other parts of the World about sharing a joyful and cosy meal with family and friends.
If you’re in Denmark in late November you’ll probably have your ﬁrst taste of Æbleskiver. Æbleskiver are somewhat similar in texture to European pancakes with a twist of Yorkshire pudding. They are solid like pancakes but light and ﬂuﬀy like a popover.
The name literally means apple slices in Danish as apples was an important ingredient in the traditional recipes. However, today æbleskiver has very little to do with sliced apples. Traditionally, they are sprinkled with powdered sugar accompanied with blackberry or strawberry jam, and served with gløgg – mulled wine with rum-soaked raisins and almonds. Eat them warm and you’ll hear the angels sing Christmas carols.
2. Nature’s touch… Scandinavian Christmas décor.
The main features of Scandinavian Christmas decor are evergreen branches and trees, pine cones, green wreaths made of pine branches or an alternative stony edition as seen in these DIY decorations that pretty much takes a piece of nature into our homes during Christmastime.
3. Classical Christmas design we love to hate…
Nordic Christmas decor might not be the most stylish. Some might call it downright tacky, but they deﬁnitely are – and have been for many years – key essentials in the Scandinavian Christmas set-up. Actually, there’s no Christmas without the Swedish seven-branched candlestick. Each light symbolizes the fulfillment of Creation…(on the Seventh day God fulﬁlled the creation of heaven and earth…).
You will often ﬁnd the candlestick in the windowsill next to elfs in a so called “nisselandskab”. It might not have the clean aesthetics and beauty that you normally associate with Nordic design, but it is a tradition engrained in hygge and each family has its own version. The children love it…and grown-ups as well – but mostly in December…
However, if you are everything but the sentimental type and just can’t come to terms with the tackyness of a christmassy decor no matter how cozy and traditional it might be, there are other ways to go. It is possible to style your home for Christmas in accordance with the cleanliness that normally charcterizes Scandinavia. One might argue that it kills the hygge-mood, but then again – It sure looks pretty.
The coming of December is also the coming of the mischievous elf Nisse. He teases us and plays innocent but sometimes quite annoying pranks on people (At least that how the myth goes).
Nisser often lives in old farmhouses and wears grey woollen clothes, red bonnet and stockings and clogs. On Christmas Eve many of us superstitious people leave a bowl of ”Risengrød med smørklat” (Rice pudding with butter) for the family-Nisse to keep him in a good mood and make sure he keeps his pranks within limits.
Nisser in various editions…
5. Santa Lucia
Primarily in Sweden, Christmas begins with the annual Saint Lucy’s Day on December 13, but we celebrate Santa Lucia in Denmark and Norway as well. Originally Saint Lucy’s day is a feast for catholic martyr Saint Lucy whose name means ”light”. The Lucia parade has with its singing and light become a recurrent event in schools, kindergartens, churches and in nursing homes where Santa Lucia is represented as a lady in a white dress and red sash with a crown or wreath of candles on her head.
With this short tour among very diﬀerent aspects of the Nordic Christmas traditions we hope you’ve been inspired to visit Scandinavia in the holiday season or bring a piece of Scandi-Christmas to your home…
If you need inspiration to the perfect and personal Christmas gift our new ENIITO Magazine is worth a look. Packed with more than 50 designs across a wide array of categories that will fit right under any Christmas tree and are guaranteed to make your loved ones’ smile.
Merry Christmas… Or glædelig jul, hyvää joulua, Gleðileg jól and god jul as they say in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway.