Most of the time our Christmas decor usually favors our combined UK heritage and how we met as Elizabethan entertainers. I have some decorations that need to be retired/retired themselves. It wouldn't hurt to add more of my Danish heritage to our Christmas celebration since it will just be us at home this year.
So I went to IKEA and bought the place out.
Shopping with my gnomies!
I should say I was very, very tempted to buy the place out because it was filled with cute gnomes. In the Scandinavian countries many of their Christmas decorations are gnomes (the Danish and Norwegians call them nisser and the Swedish call them tomte) because all these little ones ask for their service of protecting the family (and help take care of the animals if you live on a farm) is a bowl of rice porridge with a pat of butter on top at Christmas. Nisser are particular about what they want and how it is given because, well, they are just being Danish😃.
Here's what my cart looked like as I waited in the socially distanced line at checkout.
There's a whole lot of happy in this shopping cart.
Many Danish families still decorateh Christmas trees with real candles that they light for a few supervised hours on Christmas Eve (that's when Danish families open presents.) As much as I love burning candles, I'm leery of putting a lit candle on a tree. The glass clip candle ornaments are the best of both worlds - traditional candle look without the potential fire hazard.
The heart ornaments are another Danish Christmas decorating tradition in addition to the gnomes. This year has been a series of one thing after the other. I figure we should show a lot more love for each other and have the protection of as many nisser as possible.
I used the gnome Advent calendar bags to make a Christmas tree Advent calendar I'll add to the link party below.
The most exciting score is the ceramic Julebock (Swedish Yule Goat)! The Julebock used to deliver presents to Swedes before Santa hit the scene. Most Julebock decorations are traditionally made of straw but I really like the clean modern look of the IKEA Yule Goat. I look at it as a trade off since I never had a chance to buy IKEA's iconic Dala Horse decorations (another Swedish tradition.)
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