Five Nordic Festive Traditions 

Christmas is a time of traditions, from the food shared to the decorations hung. Find out what makes the season special for Scandinavians, wherever they are in the world. 
  • 24 small gifts.

In Denmark (and other countries around the world) children receive a small gift each day from the first of December until the 24th. Watching the excitement build as the big day approaches is just magical.  

  • Flags

Garlands of small flags, many handmade and passed down through generations, adorn the Christmas tree. They are also often displayed for any special occasion.

“It’s the thing I love seeing the most – real candles on the branches of a Christmas tree” photographer Marie Palbom Bøgedal Brown

  • Singing around the tree

After Christmas dinner, people hold hands and walk around the tree singing carols. 

  • Gingerbread houses

Gingerbread houses aren’t specifically Nordic but decorating one each year is a decorative and tasty part of many family traditions. 

  • Real flames

Real candles instead of fairy lights on trees are still used in many Scandinavian households. The effect is truly beautiful although be fire aware. Position them vertically away from overhanging branches and other decorations and space them out. 

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