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How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - Hanging paper Christmas stars like the Oslo paper star seen here are a very Scandinavian decoration at Christmas time.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations

Here at Nordic Nest we clearly love Scandinavian design and we know you do too. Christmas is knocking on the door once again and we want to share with you our best tips on how to decorate your home with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations – because we love Scandinavian design at all times of the year.
Wednesday 3rd November 2021
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So, how do you decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations?

In Scandinavia we love to decorate with lighting, candles and of course Santa always comes to visit! We have put together a list of our top tips for decorating with Scandinavian Christmas decorations to help you create the perfect Scandi feeling this Christmas.

  • Enchanting Christmas stars
  • Delicate Angel chimes
  • Father Christmas figurines!
  • Stylish advent candles
  • Traditional Scandinavian candle arch
  • Charming Christmas porcelain
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The red Lucia Advent candle from Broste Copenhagen sits in the Platform tray from Muuto surrounded by sprigs of evergreen creating a lovely centrepiece for the Christmas table.

Place the traditional Lucia advent candle from Broste Copenhagen in the Platform tray from Muuto and fill with sprigs of evergreen for a Scandinavian centrepiece.

ENCHANTING CHRISTMAS STARS

The hanging Christmas star is an enchanting and iconic decoration in Scandinavia during the Christmas period. Hang these charming and traditional Scandi Christmas details in your window or group them together for an eye-catching display that is sure to bring a touch of Scandinavia into your home.

You can find more inspiration for our Christmas stars here!

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - Christmas stars in different shapes and materials like the Gloria Christmas star from PR Home add a cosy Christmas atmosphere to your home.
PR HomeGloria advent star nature
$187
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Lucia star in paper from Scandi Living is a really Scandinavian Christmas decoration, here you see it placed on a rattan stool.
Scandi LivingLucia Christmas star 45 cm
$28.50$58
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Eve hanging Christmas star in white paper from Scandi Living is a very atmospheric traditional Scandi Christmas decoration.
Scandi LivingEve Christmas star 45 cm
$13.50$29.90
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - the Snöblomma hanging paper star from Watt & Veke is always a popular Christmas decoration here in Scandinavia. Hang it in the window with a light for a soft glow.
Watt & VekeSnöblomma advent star
$83.50

DELICATE ANGEL CHIMES

Delicate and atmospheric angel chimes are a quintessential and traditional Scandinavian Christmas decoration. They make the perfect addition to the Christmas table or look lovely placed on a sideboard. When lit, the heat from the candle causes the angels to spin and tinkles the bells on either side of the chime.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The charming Angel Chime from Dala Industrier is the perfect Scandinavian Christmas decoration to add atmosphere to your home.
Dala IndustrierSwedish Angel Chimes
$18.50
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - make sure you have the correct sized candles for your angel chime and purchase some to go with it.

No angel chime is complete without a complementing set of candles for the perfect fit.

FATHER CHRISTMAS FIGURINES!

If you enter any Scandinavian household during the Christmas period you are sure to find some form of a Scandi Father Christmas decoration or Tomte as he is known, sat upon a shelf. These charming little Santa’s are typically made made from felt and wool with a rosey nose just visible beneath an oversized hat. We think they are adorable and look perfect as part of your Christmas table setting or snuggled in a pair on windowsill.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - Traditional wool santas are very common all over Scandinavia. This handmade pair are from Monikas Väv & Konst and look perfect on the windowsill.
Monikas Väv & KonstSanta wool large
$57.50
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - These Frozen santa figurines in white from DBKD are made in ceramic rather than the more traditional wool but they look just as cute in the window or on the Christmas table.
DBKDFrozen Santa Christmas decoration large
$10.50

STYLISH ADVENT CANDLES

One of the most atmospheric traditions here in Scandinavia during the Christmas season is the lighting of advent candles. Traditionally four candles are placed in a wreath and on each Sunday leading up to Christmas an additional candle is lit. Decorate with these traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations by placing the candle holder in the centre of the dining table during the advent period.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - the Luna candle holder from Applicata looks lovely placed on the Christmas table. The candle holders are adjustable so you can choose how to space your candles.
ApplicataLuna candleholder
$186.50
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - Scented advent candles like this cinnamon set from Ferm Living in festive red, add an extra layer to the christmas atmosphere at home.

If you are looking to add an extra layer of atmosphere to the Christmas feeling in your home these cinnamon scented advent candles from Ferm Living are perfect.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Kubus 4 candle holder from By Lassen is a stylish and modern addition to the christmas table.
By LassenKubus 4 candle holder
$168.50
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The joy candle stick in black from Scandi Living is an elegant candle holder that looks like as lovely on the sideboard as the dining table.
Scandi LivingJoy candle sticks
$35.50$44.90

TRADITIONAL SCANDINAVIAN CANDLE ARCH

In the long, dark Scandinavian winter a cosy light source is a must, so at Christmas time you will see these traditional candle arches gracing the windows of homes all over the land. It is thought that these candle arches were meant to signify the Scandinavians’ longing for daylight during the long winter nights. These elegant wooden versions from Star Trading bring atmosphere and warmth to your living room or place one in your window for the ultimate Scandinavian approach.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The elegant Trapp candle arch from Star Trading in stained wood adds a traditional Scandinavian feeling to your home at Christmas time.
Star TradingTrapp candle arch 54 cm
$46
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Eli candle arch from Star Trading in red adds a Scandi atmosphere to your home during the long winter nights
Star TradingEli advent candle
$83.50
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations- The Arrow candle arch from Star Trading in grey looks lovely on the sideboard or placed in the window for a traditional Scandi approach to Christmas lighting.
Star TradingArrow candle holders 64.5 cm
$109.50
How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Buzz advent light from Star Trading is a very popular light to place in the window during the Scandinavian winter.
Star TradingBuzz advent candle
$108

CHARMING CHRISTMAS PORCELAIN

Christmas porcelain may not be a uniquely Scandinavian idea but with these traditional Scandinavian brands you cannot go wrong! Bring a little extra Christmas spirit to your breakfasts during the Christmas season with the Swedish Grace Winter collection from Rörstrand or plate up your Christmas dinner in style on the Julemorgen collection from Norwegian brand Wik & Walsøe.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - The Julemorgen collection from Wik & Walsøe gives a luxurious and Scandinavian feeling to your Christmas dinner table.

The Scandinavian quality, Julemorgen collection from Wik & Walsøe is a delicate and stylish approach to Christmas porcelain.

How to decorate with traditional Scandinavian Christmas decorations - Fill your breakfasts with Christmas feeling with the Swedish Grace Winter collection.

Add a touch of Scandinavia to all your breakfast and fika moments during the Christmas period with the Swedish Grace Winter collection.

We hope we have inspired you to add an extra Scandinavian touch to your Christmas decorations this year. However you decide to decorate we wish you a very merry Christmas from Nordic Nest!

Text: Rebecca Sparling

Photography: Angeliqa Daldorph, Ferm Living, Star Trading, By Lassen

TRADITIONAL SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

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