Danish Christmas decorations are famous all over the world for their extraordinary design. Christmas is a magical time. As the weather cools down in Denmark, the festive frivolity heats up. It is full of tradition, food, entertainment and good company. It’s the time of year when the Danes really focus on spending quality time with family, friends and even strangers.
Denmark is a country steeped in Christmas traditions, from the well-known to the quirky. Here are just a few:-
- Advent Wreath
The Dane’s Christmas begins with the Advent wreath. It is made out of fine spruce twigs, often decorated with red berries, spruce cones, white candles and red ribbons for attaching it to the ceiling. The wreath has four candles, each of which is lit every one of the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Eve.
- The Calendar Candle
Another tradition in December is the calendar candle which has 24 markings on it – normally decorated with motifs of pixies, fir and clogs. It is lit every day from 1st December. Usually it is the children’s duty to blow out the candle before it burns too far into the next date.
- Lucia Night
Lucia is the saint of light (according to the Catholic Church). She is celebrated on the night between the 12th and 13th of December, especially in schools and hospitals with children processions and carol singing. Legend has it that Lucia wore a wreath with candles on her head, in order to keep her hands free so that she could feed the poor of ancient Rome.
- The Danish Christmas Tree
Traditionally the Danish Christmas tree is the common spruce. The tree itself is decorated with a gold or silver star on top (not an angel), candles, national flags, cookies, candies, small toy instruments and strips of tinsel. For those wanting a “posh” Christmas tree the company Georg Jensen (renowned for Danish design) produces very elegant decorations each year, appreciated by collectors all over the world.
The lighting of the Christmas tree is considered one of the highlights of Christmas Eve. The father of the family would light the Christmas tree and then the rest of the family would be invited to join him. These days it is more common for the whole family to light the tree together.
Although in Australia our weather is just as warm as the festive spirit, we too can bring Danish Christmas traditions into our homes through decorations, décor and good quality designed furniture.
Paper Matrix is a great blog showcasing woven paper hearts which is a Danish Christmas tradition. They work to revive and reinterpret the tradition of the Danish woven paper hearts and similar ornaments. From their blog site y9ou can download design sheets, see fabulous photos of the ones they have made and read feedback from children and adults alike.
If you would like to bring the full scope of Denmark into the concept of your home or just want a dash of “Dane”, the interior specialists at Innovation Living (online or at their showroom) can be of service to bring your ideas to reality. They are open 7 days a week and have oodles of Christmas present ideas and interior design solutions!
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