Want to know how to create the perfect Nordic Christmas (or Jul for all the Scandi's out there)? We are here to help. Here are our top tips for a Scandi festive Christmas
Go Green – Scandinavian Christmas decor is all about evergreen branches, trees, pine cones and green wreaths. If you don't have space for a big tree, add some branches to a vase and hang your decorations from the twigs. Use any spare branches to create a wreath for the front door
Light up your window sill – Every Swedish home will have lights on their window sill during the Christmas season in the form of a traditional advent candle stick. This creates a gorgeous cosy glow perfect for dark evenings.
Decorations. Most Swedes will go all out when it comes to dressing up their home with festive touches, from curtains to table cloths and framed pictures. Get the look by decorating your shelves with festive trinkets and tea light holders, changing your table cloth to a red or gold will instantly give your room a Scandi Christmassy look
Baking. Staying at home during the cold, dark months means baking at home can be a fun activity between friends and family. Traditionally the saffron Lucia bun (Lussekatt) - a sweet bun coloured and flavoured with saffron and decorated with raisins - will be baked. Learn how to bake theme here. Most Scandi homes will have a gingerbread house as part of the festive decor. Templates are easy to find online and you can decorate the exterior to your personal taste! Homemade Swedish mulled wine (Glögg) will fill your home with the warm, sweet smell of this festive drink. Swedish Glögg is traditionally made using red wine and spices such as cardamon, cinnamon, cloves and bitter orange. It is always served with blanched almonds, raisins - and a ginger biscuit for dunking. Scandi's like to give it a kick by adding either vodka, brandy or akvavit snaps
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Bring out the snaps and Christmas beer and have a sing song to celebrate the festive season in your home