My father came to America from Norway in the 1920s. They changed their last name from Thorvaldsen to Day to be more "American." But, my father kept his fond memories of the homeland and the traditions his father from Norway and mother from Sweden passed on. We had Scandinavian Christmas celebrations every year with a large Smorgasbord spread, live candles on the tree, and opening gifts on Christmas Eve night. To this day, the look of Christmas for me is purely Northern -
Some elements of Scandinavian Christmas decor include - Reindeer, snowflakes, nature objects like pine cones, birch bark, burlap, straw ornaments and paper woven ornaments, bare tree branches, fur, antlers, and evergreens.You might see symbols such as stars, snowflakes, Santa, goats, reindeer, and gnomes.
*1 lg can pink or red salmon (remove any bones)
8 oz cream cheese soft
2 tsp horseradish
2 tsp grated onion
2 tsp liquid smoke
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
Stacks of firewood, birch branches and birch bark candles, glass containers with candles, antlers turned into candle holders....