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Julbloggen: Scandinavian Christmas

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ADVENT

Longyearbreen (glacier) at Advent Bay, Spitzbergen, Norway. Photo from between 1890-1900.IMAGE: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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FILMS FROM THE NORDIC MUSEUM

Did you know that the Swedish museum of Nordic history has its own youtube channel where they publish both recent interviews and old black and white films that document both farm life and old techniques for making coal, textiles, and much more?Visit the channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/nord... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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WITH WARM WISHES

Looking for a gift to a homeowner? A beautiful iron fire basket is my answer. Perfect to gather around for that outdoor toast at midnight on New year's Eve.IMAGE: QVESARUM WEBSHOP PRODUCT IMAGE... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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BEST IN SHOW 2019

A christmas range is as difficult to sell as a christmas album: it has to be traditional enough to fit the genre, but include enough new interpretations to add to what the consumers already own.This year Åhléns hits the mark with products that fit a muted nordic winter colour scheme, as well as an in... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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MY TYPE OF WIPE

The perfectest paper napkin! Festive and bright coloured for a gløggmingel or dinner party, yet simple enough to perk up a regular gray Tuesday, From Arket.IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE ARKET WEBSHOP... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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A BOX JUST IN TIME

Brushing the kids' teeth for 2 minutes, rinsing with mouth wash for 1 minute, applying make up while the breakfast eggs are boiling...our morning routines make me carry my phone around the house as a combined timer and clock, and by the time I'm leaving for work I can't remember where I last put it..... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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WHY AND HOW

On the site of a pagan temple or banquet hall, a Christian church was erected in the 12th century in Uppsala. In the Nordic countries we still use the pagan word Yule for the holiday that was once celebrating the solstice. The Encyclopedia Britannica has an excellent summary of the origins and contem... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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ORGANIZING THE KIDS´ ART SUPPLIES

This magazine rack in iron looks like the perfect way to store our collection of half finished colouring, sticker and activity books while still being accessible enough for small hands. On sale at Swedish home decor store Lagerhaus.IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE LAGERHAUS WEBSHOP... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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TO KNIT OR NOT TO KNIT?

            As our family members grow older, the number of screens aka electronic gadgets have increased exponentially. At the moment I´m entertaining the idea of learning how to knit, as a way to increase my own share creative "screen free" activities. Machine washable yarn from Novita Nordic Wool.... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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VILA VID DENNA KÄLLA

I miss Stockholm more than ever in November, so spend my evenings browsing archives with historical images from some of my favourite places. Watercoloured pencil drawing by Elias Martin, from 1780 depicting an oak at the Djurgården park area in Stockholm, close to Blockhusudden.IMAGE: Photograph by J... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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RAGTIME

It annoys me that so many regular household items have either jelly bean bright colours (pink, blue, green), or industrial cool gray tones. Microfiber rags from Kid Interiør may not transform mundane wiping into an entertaining pastime, but at least they blend in seamlessly with the rest of your fall... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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LIGHTHEADED

A few years ago I attended a birthday dinner where the hostess had placed petite oil lamps around the apartment instead of the ever present tea lights. It added a sort of understated finesse that made an impression on me, so was happy to find the new Clas Ohlson oil burners/lamps at bargain prices. I... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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STONE ME INTO THE GROOVE

If there is such a thing as a glaze snob I have to confess to being one. It surely comes as no surprise to long time readers of the blog. Stoneware in particular has to have a nice look and, equally important, a nice feel as you touch it. Many IKEA items with good design fall short when it comes to t... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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FRAME IT THIS WAY

For the past 15 years I've been on the look out for picture frames with a narrow frame at a good price. It was nowhere to find, and IKEA's RIBBA was ubiquitous. I considered custom framing but the price tag was hefty. Finally IKEA launched their Lomviken line. Bliss.IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE IKEA... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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BABY BUNNY

Forget about snapchat filters. The only time you truly rock bunny ears is when your head fits into a baby hat. These are from Åhléns and on my shopping list for expecting friends. IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE ÅHLENS WEBSHOP... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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WELCOME BACK

October is here with cool winds, gray skies and yellow leaves.The blog is open for its 8th season in all its old school glory.Many blogs have evolved into lifestyle magazines where digital influencers show highly edited and staged homes featuring commercial product placements. This one sure hasn't. I... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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SCENT(A) IS COMING TO TOWN

Blooming hyacinths, gingerbread spices, fir branches and lit candles are the traditional scents of Scandinavian christmas, but I enjoy a scented candle in the mix on cold winter nights as you wrap gifts, write cards and sample pralines. The scented candles from Skandinavisk are among my personal favo... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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ALL IS CALM, ALL IS WHITE

A rustic take on the brown and green trend. Most of our family's winter florals and candles are white this time of the year. Bright colours can offer an instant mood lift indoors, but I prefer the indoors to correspond to the view outside the windows.IMAGE: BLOMSTERFRAMJANDET,PHOTO BY LINA ARVIDSSON;... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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FREDAGSFYND

      I want to RUN to Indiska and snatch these little darlings before everyone else. Perfect for small stems of white pink and red poinsettias to decorate your whole house with for gløgg parties. Perfect match for Svenskt Tenn items at a fraction of the price! Get a bunch! The more the better! On sa... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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NÅR NETTENE BLIR LANGE

When nights get longer and the cold starts to bite... is the start of a modern classic christmas song for children about a family of mice.  It was originally written in Norwegian by Alf Prøysen and set to a traditional melody, but has been translated into Danish and Swedish as well.... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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LITTE RED RIDING HOOD

IMAGE: Carl Larsson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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ON POINT

Be it lion, mustard, ochre or saffron, dirty yellow hues are a here to stay. I don't mind, it has always been a part of a traditional Scandinavian folklore palette along with gray, blue and reds. Also a great substitute for gold that will make your interior lean more towards Scandi and less towards D... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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A DARK HORSE

A minimalistic handcarved Dalecarlian horse from Färä. Available at Åhlens, among others. Perfect for urban dwellings where a bright red painted horse would stick out like a sore thumb. IMAGE: PRODUCT IMAGE ÅHLENS WEB SHOP... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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DARK IS THE NIGHT

PHOTO: Cast, by Yiannis Theologos Michellis, Public Domain, via Flickr... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.
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HANG TIGHT

Every Christmas I make a mental note of what I need to stock in larger numbers for next year. A few years back it was paper napkins (with plenty of kids as guests I should have seen it coming), then it was frozen vegetables (Norwegian grocery stores were closed for most of the holiday), and last year... Läs mer i Scandinavian Christmas.

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