We’ve got a strong adoration for all things Scandinavian, as you might have caught on. Somehow they manage to execute folk, modern, minimalist, and classic design elements all impeccably. Not to mention their wonderful pastries, 6 hour work days, and ample vacation days. Sign me up! Another thing Scandinavia does right? Christmas. I joined up with a group of Scandinavian bloggers to create a Swedish Advent Calendar: 24 days of posts from 24 different bloggers, each consisting of a Scandinavian inspired project. So mysigt! That means cozy in Swedish 😉 You can find the project for Day 1 by Gina Vide at Willowday and tomorrow’s post with Pysselbolaget as well as a list of the other participants. I’m so excited to see them all!
Because Scandinavia gets so dark in the winter, the Christmas season means lights and candles galore! Saint Lucia Day in Sweden is one of their biggest holidays, celebrated on the 13th of December. It recognizes Saint Lucia who was martyred as a young christian girl because of her faith. Lucy means light, and Lucia was said to wear candles atop her head so her hands would be free to serve the persecuted Christians. Today, St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated in all of Scandinavia. Traditionally, girls wear white dresses and red sashes, each with an evergreen crown of candles atop her head. A procession is then held in each town or school and carols are sung. It’s such a lovely sight! I can’t forget to mention that Pepparkakor (Swedish gingersnaps), Lussekatar (sweet saffron buns), and glogg (a mulled cider), are usually accompanied. Are you sold yet? St. Lucia Day is such a cozy holiday and I think it’s a shame we don’t celebrate it here in the states. Insert: A printable St. Lucia Crown! Skip the frigid winter and enjoy carols and sweets all while looking like a Scandinavian Princess in the comfort of your own home!
We decided a paper version was the best option, and created a printable file for you to download. You don’t even have to worry about your hair catching fire! Safety first here at Lars. We’ll keep out balsam scented candles placed firmly on a table, thank you.
Simply print off the file here, on heavy paper, cut around the edges and glue the two holly pieces together to fit the size of your head. Glue the candles around the crown to finish it off.
Make sure to check out Day 3 tomorrow over at Pysselbologet!
1 Thurs/ torsdag Dec 1 Dec Gina | willowday
2 Fri/fredag Dec 2 Brittany | House that Lars Built
3 Sat / lördag Dec 3 Karin | Pysselbolaget
4 Sun/söndag Dec 4 Mina | Minipiccolini
5 Mon / måndag Dec 5 Lina | Lina by the bay
6 Wed/ onsdag Dec 6 Helena S | Craft and Creativity
7 Tues |tisdag Dec 7 Helena | mormorsglamour
8 Thurs/ torsdag Dec 8 Ulrica | Kriis Kitchen
9 Fri/fredag* Dec 9 Helena L | hemmahoshelena
10 Sat / lördag Dec 10 Paul | Sweet Paul Magazine
11 Sun/söndag Dec 11 Gina | willowday
12 Mon / måndag Dec 12 Sophia | MOKKASSIN
13 Tues | tisdag Dec 13 Karin | Pysselbolaget
14 Wed/ onsdag Dec 14 Karoline | Gröna Skafferiet
15 Thurs/ torsdag Dec 15 Sofia / Hildas.se
16 Fri/fredag* Dec 16 Matilda + Nathalie | Babes in Boyland
17 Sat / lördag Dec 17 Helena L | hemmahoshelena
18 Sun/söndag Dec 18 Karin | KreativaKarin
19 Mon / måndag Dec 19 Malin | Pastillnu
20 Tues |tisdag Dec 20 Helena N | mormorsglamour
21 Wed/ onsdag Dec 21 Marie / Musqot
22 Thurs/ torsdag Dec 22 Mina | Minipiccolini
23 Fri/fredag Dec 23 Åsa | atmycasa
24 SAT (JUL AFTON) Dec 24 Sofia / Hildas.se
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The Creative Collective Sweden is a group of like-minded creative bloggers in Sweden. Spanning design, crafts and DIY, interiors, food and baking, and lifestyle, the Creative Collective offers a uniquely Scandinavian aesthetic and point of view.