Five Ways to Prepare for a Nordic Christmas
Posted on 14 November 2019
A guest post by Bianca Wessel from Little Scandinavian Blog
The holiday season is fast approaching and before you know it, it has come and gone. This year, why not get into the festive spirit, with these five ideas for the whole family, on how to prepare for a magical Nordic Christmas.
Scandinavian Christmas Market
Every year during the last weekend of November the Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and a Finnish churches host traditional Christmas markets around London. There is no better way to get into the festive spirit!
Find out more here.
The Advent Calendar
Prepare the advent calendar for the family, so it’s ready for the 1st of December. Preferably a reusable Scandinavin design calendar with small gifts and treats, to help the children count down to Christmas.
Sankta Lucia Concert
Attend the festival of light, a Lucia concert. The Swedish church in London host an annual event and this years concert will be taking place in St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday the 13th of December.
Ticket information here.
Christmas Cookie Baking
Do a pre-Christmas baking day with the children. In Scandinavia we take pride in serving multiple Christmas cookies, with slight variations across the Nordic region. The children especially enjoy baking gingerbread cookies and to help out decorating a gingerbread house.
If you fancy something a little different, why not try out the delicious Danish rice pudding desert 'Risalamande'. This is our favourite recipe.
Invite friends and family to a gingerbread cookie and ‘gløgg’ party for some Christmas cheer and ‘hygge’. Let the children decorate their own cookies with icing and sugar coated chocolate buttons. Serve plain gingerbread cookies with a Nordic twist - together with brown goat cheese ‘geitost’ or a blue cheese.
Photo credits from top: Little Scandinavian, Shutterstock, BoNordic/ferm LIVING, The Swedish Church, Hygge Smoerrebrod, Shutterstock.