Julebukk, the Nordic tradition of trick-or-treating

Not too different from Halloween and go trick and treating, Julebukking is a Scandinavian tradition, originating from the Norse times; Between Christmas day and New Years Eve, in the time Scandinavians call "Romjul" children will dress up and go from door to door with lanterns and baskets, to collect sweets. The tradition of the "Julebukk", directly translated "Christmas goat", is believed to...

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DIY Advent Calendar ideas, Scandinavian style

© Maileg Advent Calendar from 2011 Don't you just love being waked up by excited children, rising early and in pyjamas and bare feet running downstairs? Just imagine their happy faces and eager little hands, when they one tippitoes are trying to reach up to todays surprise in the Advent Calendar! An Advent calendar isn't only a countdown to Christmas. It also takes you through the dark month of...

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Happy New Year 2013 from Little Scandinavian in London

Thank you for all your kind support over the last year! This blog would not have been anything without you! With that said we are leaving the year of 2012 behind. Wishing you a great new year filled with happiness and success - All the very best! With big excitement, we are counting down to the New Year! Previous years shared with you on Little Scandinavian ♥ How to celebrate in style, London...

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Blåtimen -The Blue Hour and Magic Silver

The blue hour, from the French expression l'heure bleue, is the period of twilight each morning and evening where there is neither full daylight nor complete darkness. The time is considered special because of the quality of the light. In Norway, the blue hour is a well recognized phenomenon, especially magical experienced together with a snowy landscape. © Little Scandinavian. l'heure bleue in...

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Merry Christmas from Scandinavia and Swedish Princess Estelle

Adorable Princess Estelle of Sweden wishes everyone a Merry Christmas -dressed in the beautiful Page dress by LIVLY. We are so pleased to see that the Crown Princess and Prince of Sweden chooses Swedish children's fashion for their first born beautiful baby daughter. As a special Christmas treat, you can win the Paige dress and matching party shoes by LIVLY in the last day of the Little...

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There will not be Christmas without Freia Juleglede

There will certainly not be Christmas in a Norwegian home without the milk chocolate Juleglede by Freia. But did you know that the delicious creamy milk chocolate pieces in various of Christmas motifs are illustrated by Cecilie Ellefsen? Cecilie Ellefsen is a Norwegian illustrator and artist. She grew up in a rural part of Norway, and her work is highly inspired by the nature and wild animals....

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How we celebrate Christmas in Norway

It’s 4pm and all you can hear is the sound of the church bells calling and the crunch of your footsteps in the snow. Snowflakes swirls down from the dark blue skye, your coat feels warm and snug. At home the Christmas dinner is all ready, waiting for you, after being slow cooked for hours in the oven. Christmas is finally here. By the end of November you find yourself running around to get hold...

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Serinakake – Easy recipe on Scandinavian Christmas Cookies

Last minute, a quick and easy recipe on Scandinavian Christmas Cookies; Serinakaker. Almost like shortbread, only chewier, rich on flavours and sprinkled with almonds and sugar. My favourite Christmas cookie that will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth! © Little Scandinavian Serinakaker Christmas 2012 Serinakaker, recipe from Stor Kokebok by Henriette Schønberg Erken Ingredients 1/2 kg plain white...

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How to survive the run up to Christmas Step by Step

19. Trip to the post office, make sure all cards are written and presents wrapped. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate on a nearby cafe. If you haven't already -bake the gingerbread house! 20. Grocery shopping for Christmas. The trick is to do a list, and follow it. That way you'll shop what you need, nothing less or more. Remember plenty of clementines and mixed nuts. Finished with the shopping...

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Countdown to Christmas and Saint Lucia

Less than 2 weeks away... We are cleaning, dusting, polishing and sweeping. We are baking and cooking with wonderful spices and lots of sugar and syrup. Writing greetings on glittery cards and wrapping in gifts. Pine branches and candles lid... We are counting down the days to Christmas. Today we'll be celebrating St Lucia with delicious home baked saffron buns called "Lussekatter" in...

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