Christmas in Copenhagen:: A Scandinavian Advent

by Tina on December 2, 2013

in Decor, our home

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December is here and this year we will be celebrating Christmas here in Copenhagen, which we are pretty excited about because Christmas in Scandinavia is so cozy and special .  We hope to share with you throughout the month many of the reasons why we love Christmas in Copenhagen and why we think it is an amazing time to visit, plus some ways you can incorporate some of Scandinavia’s Christmas spirit into your own celebration if a visit is not in your plans this year.

It is always fun to include new traditions during the holiday season and one of our very favorites since moving to Denmark has been celebrating a Scandinavian advent.  With the days growing shorter and the darkness longer, lighting candles is a necessity for keeping the spirits high and  we especially love how the Scandinavians incorporate the use of candles to make the holidays cozy and the count down to Christmas exciting and fun.

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Around this time of year all of the shops are full of the standard four candle advent holder.  Ours is an inexpensive version, dressed up with greenery and jingle bell garland, but there are countless options, both modern and traditional.

Each Sunday, starting on the first Sunday of December, a candle is lit to count down the weeks until Christmas.  Many Danes attend a special Advent service to get the countdown started and our kids’ school even offered an optional Advent service (which was completely packed out) over the weekend, which was pretty amazing since we are so used to the separation of Church and State in the US.

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Counting down the weeks until Christmas is pretty special, but we love how the Scandinavians also count down the days with candles that are meant to be burnt a little each day.  Again, you won’t have trouble finding these candles if you are visiting because they are in most shops, but for an inexpensive version, pop into Søstrene Grenes to find one like ours.

What about you?  Do you celebrate Advent?  What is your favorite way to count down the days until Christmas?

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Camryn December 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

True! They do Christmas so well in Denmark! I’ll be spending my first Christmas in Denmark this year too. I’m excited! Can’t wait to share the season with you and your beautiful blog! Hils hele familien! xo

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Juliette December 2, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Love how your Advent wreath turned out! We just got ours set up over the weekend as well. Advent calendars have also gone up, as have some Christmas decorations. I do a little every day and it keeps it fun and not so overwhelming.

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Andreia December 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

We’ve made our Advent wreath this weekend with the firs candle to count down the weeks until Christmas:

http://www.tricotaria.com/2013/12/advent-wreath-christmas-wreath.html

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Celena December 3, 2013 at 12:59 am

Loved the Danish jul! So cosy! I kind of miss the julefrokosts too ;)

Our Christmas at home is pretty similar in traditions; my husband is Swedish and my family comes from Germany. We celebrate the advents and Christmas eve. Lots of heart decorations at our home :)

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Autumn Duke December 3, 2013 at 6:49 am

I love your candle advent holder! It makes for such a simple and pretty centerpiece.

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Dee Dee December 4, 2013 at 6:15 am

Completely lovely! Look forward to learning more as you share your holiday experiences.

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Melanie December 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I love the countdown of the days with the candle, something simple we can do ourselves, yay!

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