Danish Christmas tree

Scandinavian Christmas Traditions

Christmas is the season of the hearts. Christmas hearts, filling our hearts with warmth, and the love we have in our hearts for our loved ones. It is a season bound by ancient traditions passed down from generation to generation.

Christmas is probably the favourite season for any Scandinavian. It is a time where we comfort each other, as the days get darker, and the freezing weather lays a blanket of snow over the land. With candles, we fight the darkness and the cold. With baked goods and warm food, we strengthen our bodies. The one thing to tie it all together is our traditions – everything from the Christmas tree, and decorations, to song and dance. Below are a few Scandinavian traditions you and try before you see the real thing in 2018.

Hearts, Flags and a Star

A Christmas tree is one of the central pieces during Christmas. It is the decorative piece of the home and the centre of attention during the different dances and songs during Christmas Eve. The Scandinavian Christmas tree is filled with hearts, glitter, angels, lights, and national flags.
Danish Christmas tree
For some, it is tradition to fill the tree with edible goods such as chocolate or cookies, which are meant to be eaten after everyone have danced around the tree. The perfect container for these treats are the Christmas hearts. Did you know, the oldest known Christmas hearts were made by the Danish author H.C. Andersen in 1860? Watch this video, and learn how easy it is to make at home.

Saint Lucy’s Day

The 13th December is a special day. While a lot of the Scandinavia countries celebrate Saint Lucia, no one does it as great as the Swedish. Lucia is the bringer of light – the light to overcome darkness. Each year a girl is chosen to play the role of Lucia, wearing a white gown, a red sash, and a crown of candles.

Rice Porridge

With Christmas just around the corner, Scandinavians eat one thing more than any other. Risengrynsgrøt (rice porridge) has been an important Scandinavian dish for centuries. It can be served at any time of the year and is almost always served at julebord (Christmas buffet). It is a tasty dessert, perfect for getting in a cosy mood in your favourite chair with a new book.

Click here for how to make delicious Scandinavian Rice Porridge.

It is never too late to visit Scandinavia during the winter season. Meet one of our Country or Project managers today, and let us tell you about the magic that is the Scandinavian Christmas Season.