Scandinavian Christmas Cookies and ‘Pepperkakeverksted’

Norwegian 'Kransekake'. Image source: Matprat.no Scandinavian Christmas cookies are lovingly baked together with family and friends in the run up to Christmas. In Norway you'll be offered 'Sirupssnipper' and 'Serinakaker'. In Sweden there's sweet treats in the shape of 'Rönnskärsformar' og 'Sätoftakakor', where as Denmark proudly presents their 'Klejner' and 'Brunkager'. Recipes for...

Our best recipe for Scandinavian Mulled Wine, ‘Gløgg’

The Scandinavian mulled wine, 'julegløgg' has longstanding traditions in Scandinavia. It's made with red wine, aquavit and madeira, but this can easily be replaced with a blackcurrant cordial for a non alcohol option. It's the spices which are important! The Swedish King Gustav Vasa had his own recipe in the 15th century, not too dissimilar from the one we will share with you. The Scandinavian...

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...

Scandinavian Christmas traditions seen through vintage photos

Scandinavian Christmas traditions are very much inspired by the darkness of the winter and the importance of staying at home with the family. The high point is not Christmas Day, but Christmas Eve in Scandinavia where the family is gathered together for Christmas dinner. The preparations for the big day last throughout December, but not as much as a small cookie is to be enjoyed before Christmas...

Julmys at Ikea -getting ready for Christmas

Julmys, kos or hygge are Scandinavian words we use a lot when talking about Christmas, meaning enjoyable time. Ikea is all decorated for Christmas, with everything from fairy lights to wrapping paper. And the Ikea toy department might be the place to pick up some Christmas gifts. Oh -and do not leave without having the Ikea Swedish meatballs in the restaurant! Start by heading to Ikea online and...