The Scandinavian Christmas tree

It’s still the tradition for Scandinavians that they would wait until the very end before they find their Christmas tree, bring it home and have it decorated.
Except the Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square in London that was already lit on the 2nd of December this year.
In our family we usually go out all together on the 22nd of December and carefully select our Christmas tree and bring it home. We then let it adjust to room temperature and then decorate it after the children has gone to bed on the 23d. This is an annual event which is one of my favourite parts of our Christmas celebration; The Scandinavian Dad and me usually invite some close friends, enjoy some mulled wine and decorate the tree together.
When the children wake up on the 24th, which is our big day, they will be greeted by the most glorious Christmas tree in the sitting room.

We recommend reading ‘Petters og Lottas Jul’ (Petter and Lotta’s Christmas) by Elsa Beskow to get a feel for the traditional Scandinavian Christmas and be inspired.

Photo: © Elsa Beskow

The Scandinavian Dad and one of our LittleScandinavians are out today, sourcing the most beautiful tree in the forest. I’ll share some pictures in a few days when it’s warmed up and decorated.

4 thoughts on “The Scandinavian Christmas tree

  1. We have to get it today. As it needs to adjust to room temperature, slowly. We’ll decorate it on the evening on the 23.

  2. So you will go out today and get a tree!
    In Germany the tradition is to get and decorate the tree on the 24th.
    {guess lots of people buy the tree earlier to be sure to get a nice one}

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