HYGGE: a Danish word for a quality of cosiness - feeling warm, comfortable, and safe that comes from doing simple things such as lighting candles, baking, or spending time at home with your family
A massive Christmas Trend this year is Scandi. Scandi is short for Scandianvian and covers the countries Norway, Sweden and Denmark. It encompasses all things cosy, natural and sustainable.
Natural - Pampas and Dried Flowers
Pampas Grasses are a common feature in many modern homes. Upgrade your pampas for Christmas, add lights to encompass the cosy feel using warm whites.
Handmade and Eco-friendly
JULEVERKSTED: meaning Christmas Workshop often refers to handmade decorations and food items that are created
Decoration made from sustainable and natural materials are popular in Scandinavian countries. It's important to protect our environment and this has driven the popularity of this style of decoration. Natural materials include wood, paper and dried flowers.
Paper decorations can be handmade or bought. There are some amazing intricate designs of some paper decorations that are tricky but rewarding to make!
Beaded wooden garlands are popular, an idea to style these yourself is to purchase and add decorations yourself for a totally personalised garland.
Cosy - Boucle
Being cosy at Christmas when is it cold outside really sums up that Hygge feeling. Boucle is super soft yarn with hooped or curled ply. One of the reasons we like boucle is because it looks a little but like fluffy snow, and white Christmas is one of those things we just love!
Carry on the cosy trend into your Christmas decorations by adding boucle. An easy way to do this is to use a boucle ribbon. It has so many applications from wrapping those fake presents under the tree that you can use year on year or add bows to existing decoration such as a Beaded Wooden Garland.
You could also cosy up your living room with boucle items, these don't just have to be seasonal so are a good investment. Soft furnishings are a great way to give you a cosy feel and with lots of boucle products out there to choose from as this is trending theme!
Tradition or Folklore
NISSER(Danish), TOMTE(swedish) or TOMTENISSE/TONTTU(Finnish): a mythological creature from Nordic folklore today typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. They are generally described as being short, having a long white beard, and wearing a conical or knit cap in gray, red or some other bright colour. They often have an appearance somewhat similar to that of a garden gnome.
At Christmas we love and stories and these hold magic for many different culture in different forms. In Nordic culture this takes the form of a Nisse or more commonly referred to as a Christmas Gnome. The modern Nisse is similar to Santa as they deliver gifts to homes.
Many choose to decorate their homes using these Nisse. I have in the past crocheted these for friends and family. If you enjoy crafts this is great way to get into the Scandinavian sprit to encompass sustainable and handmade decorations.
I got this pattern from Etsy.