I don’t know if it’s because I was born and raised in a Swedish town, but I love Scandinavian homes and decor. To my knowledge, I don’t have any Swedish blood in my body. I’m mostly Hungarian, English, and Scottish. I know – a weird combination. But anyway, I thought it would be fun to feature elements of a Scandinavian Style Christmas.
Scandinavia is a region that includes the countries of Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. The Nordic region also includes Finland, Iceland, and their connected territories.
Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a quality of coziness that conjures a feeling of contentment. These Scandinavian style living rooms decorated for the holidays fully embrace the feeling of hygge.
A beautiful bedroom decorated for Christmas also display wonderful hygge style. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up in the morning under knitted blankets with a view of your Christmas tree by the window? You could watch the snow gently fall while hubby happily serves you a nice warm latte on a Saturday morning.
Scandinavian design is typically marked by a focus on clean lines and minimalism without sacrificing beauty.
More Christmas simplicity in a Scandinavian style kitchen.
Note the simplicity of soft evergreen branches tucked in a basket with cute globe-style lights.
A sweet little wooden Nordic house serves as a charming decoration, whether it hangs from the tree or adorns a holiday mantel.
Scandinavian style Christmas wrapping also leans toward simple lines and natural beauty. Brown craft paper and strands of twine become so pretty with a sprig of greenery.
You know, just yesterday I found star anise in my spice drawer and wondered what I could do with it. Now I know! I can hot glue them to twine or ribbons on Christmas packages.
How about gingerbread houses in a European design?
On the topic of baked goods, include traditional Swedish St. Lucia Saffron Buns at your Christmas dinner for a little bit of international flair. I even found a saffron bun recipe with a 5-star rating.
I’m for sure making this Norwegian Christmas Almond Cake recipe! Doesn’t it look just dreamy? Maybe I’ll serve this on Christmas Eve, although I want to eat it now. I’ll bet it tastes good at breakfast with a cup of coffee.
A red church in a snowy landscape is a perfect scene for dreaming of spending Christmas in a Scandinavian country. Wouldn’t it be wonderful?
Some of my favorite blogs are Scandinavian. Here’s just a few that you might enjoy: