Christmas is an important holiday in Scandinavia. We celebrate it differently in each country and eat different dishes. As I have Danish heritage, I stick to a very traditional December celebration. Scandinavian Christmas is not especially religious, but full of fun and lovely food. We do go a little crazy, too! We start celebrating on 1 December by bringing out all our Christmas decorations from storage. It’s a happy time of festivities; families celebrate different traditions of going out to Christmas markets, there are plenty of parties and lunches and we decorate our houses. At the centre of everything is hygge, the Danish term for a special atmosphere – a way to enjoy life in a cozy relaxed way. Christmas, which we call jul, is all about hygge.
On 1 December, I become pathetically happy when I unwrap all the little glass balls, my old antique nisser (pixies), ribbons, candles, stars, and especially my little porcelain snowman. It is actually difficult to explain the sensation of happiness I feel by being reunited with these small, ridiculous and, to some extent, useless items. After I have decorated the whole house I feel, for a short while, that everything is perfect.