Luminous Christmas

Christmas in the Nordics is really a festival of light. It is the darkest month of the year, with the shortest day bringing only around 2-3 hours of daylight to some of the more northern habitants.

Luminous Christmas

A common practice is to light up the winter with an advent wreathe, but the festive season traditionally starts on the first of Advent, with the lighting of the first candle.

Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming” and is a season dedicated to waiting for Christmas. The Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, with the fourth of Advent coming up on Christmas Day if that is a Sunday.

The tradition comes from Christianity but is celebrated in the Nordic countries as a symbolic celebration of light. Most households in the Nordics will buy or craft their own Advent wreath with four candles that are lit each Sunday.

Another festival of light is the Luciaday.

With the shortest day of the year over, people in the Nordics gain a sense of relief, for then the days will start to get longer and brighter again.
Childhood memories that may come with the classic Iittala designs, or the new and minimalistic emotions of Norman Copenhagen.

Image credits: Christmas Decorations.

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