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Scandinavian Christmas dinner

"Nordic specialties for the festival"

Whether in Denmark, Sweden, Norway or Finland: Christmas is the most important festival of the year for the Scandinavians. Northern Europeans also have a preference for multi-course dishes - not least on Christmas Eve. So it's no wonder that all the senses get their money's worth at Jul's Scandinavian Christmas dinner.

Deliciously Scandinavian

In this post we will guide you through a delicious Scandinavian Christmas dinner, just as you could enjoy it at home - with original Christmas dishes and stylish Scandinavian Christmas decorations!

Little table, cover yourself

A literally tasteful Christmas table also needs to be appropriately decorated. The Scandinavians generally like things minimalist and simple, but Christmas dinner can also be a little more festive and correspondingly more pompous - provided you stay true to your own traditions.

This is achieved, for example, with the Christmas tablecloths and runners from the popular Finnish manufacturers Marimekko and Lapuan Kankurit.

Let there be light

Of course, light is also, or especially, an essential part of Christmas in the Scandinavian countries.

The Christmas candlesticks and candlesticks from Nääsgränsgården, which, like the noble Christmas balls and bowls from the brand, come with typical pixie motifs and conjure up Scandinavian flair in your dining room, provide a Nordic table decoration with radiant effects. The winter napkins by Marimekko create enlightening moments.

Christmas tableware and designer cutlery from Scandinavia

What would a Scandinavian Christmas dinner be without matching dishes? Sagaform inspires with matching cups, teapots, bowls, plates and cans. Both the retro looks and the classic Christmas designs harmonize wonderfully with the occasion.

A special tip is typical Christmas tableware from Royal Copenhagen, especially those from the Star Fluted Christmas series.

The perfect rounding of the Nordic table is provided by extravagant cutlery from the Danish luxury brand Georg Jensen, which was designed by well-known designers such as Gundorph Albertus, Arne Jacobsen or Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe.

Glögg - enjoy the Scandinavian mulled wine appropriately

In Sweden it is called Glögg, in Norway and Denmark Gløgg and in Finland Glögi: the mulled wine, which is one of the cult drinks "up there" and represents Scandinavian Christmas like no other custom. Christmas Eve in Scandinavia would be inconceivable without the spicy mulled wine.

Charming Glögg cups for the "Swedish punch"

Glögg, which is often referred to as "Swedish punch", is served in special carafes and mugs that are smaller than the mulled wine glasses that are known in this country. Traditionally designed Glögg beakers and mugs are available from Sagaform or Marimekko.

Loving preparation with a tasty effect

Before the glögg comes into its cup, two to three peeled almonds and several raisins are placed in the small cup. Then the steaming spiced wine is allowed to follow.

In order to gracefully display the nutty and berry ingredients, it is best to wait for their big entrance in their own small bowl. For example, you can use one of the designer teaspoons from Georg Jensen for decanting.

Smålandsglögg with and without alcohol

In order not only to give the adults the traditional experience, but also to children and all those who do not want to drink alcohol, the Christmas punch is also available in non-alcoholic form. In this case it is mainly composed of red and white grape juice. The aroma is sweeter and fruity than the alcoholic variant.

The elegantly presented Smålandsglögg from the Danish Vinfabriken is convincing in both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions.

Starters that have it all

Once the table has been set and the Smålandsglögg and its details have been prepared, the Christmas menu can begin. In the past, guests were served up to 60 different dishes. In comparison, Christmas in Scandinavia is now almost modest.

In terms of German standards, however, Scandinavian Christmas dinner is still a luxurious table at its finest, as you can see when looking at the selection of starters.

It starts with mulled wine and biscuits

The culinary Christmas in Scandinavia is usually opened with a glögg and special biscuits. The latter are usually thin and crispy and refined with Christmas spices. With Scandinavian Christmas baking, you can bake the Swedish “Pepparkakor” yourself using a suitable recipe and offer it with Smålandsglögg.

Speaking of Christmas baking: lovers of Scandinavian designs bake their biscuits with biscuit cutters from Moz or Swallings in elk or dala horse motifs. The high-quality and imaginatively designed designer cookie jars from Iittala, Bjørn Wiinblad and Bloomingville are recommended for storage.

The Julbord begins

Julbord is the name of the Swedish, Danish and Norwegian type of Christmas buffet that is typical throughout Scandinavia. Pickled herring with mustard, cream, caviar or onions combined with jacket potatoes are just as much a part of the start as fish and seafood of all kinds. Not to forget the sausage and smoked products, salads and bread, which are still part of the Scandinavians' starters.

The main course at a Scandinavian Christmas dinner

Although you are already full after the not exactly subtle starter, the fun continues - for example with Swedish Köttbullar or Finnish pork ribs.

The Scandinavians generally prefer classics such as meat or fish - for example with milk sauces or beetroot as an extensive side dish.

Served on Scandinavian Christmas tableware, the extraordinary dishes bring a hygge Christmas atmosphere into your German home.

A sweet end to the mess

After all the heartiness of the starters and main courses, it is high time for a sweet finish. The Scandinavians are of the same opinion. Traditional desserts such as Risgrynsgröt from Sweden are served - a rice casserole with sugar and cinnamon that tastes warm and cold - or the Norwegian Christmas cake called “julekake”, the key ingredients of which are raisins and cardamom.

Those who still can have another glass of Glögg for dessert, to end the Christmas dinner just as traditionally as it began.

Scandinavian Christmas menu for those hungry for tradition

Thanks to a wide range of products from the far north and numerous recipes on the Internet, lovers of the Scandinavian lifestyle have the opportunity to put together their own Scandinavian Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and thus enjoy the unique flair of Danish, Norwegian, Swedish or Finnish Christmas in their own living room to fetch.

One thing is certain: When it comes to the Christmas menu, Scandinavians don't need any changes. Instead, they consciously and enthusiastically stick to their traditions, which range from spicy mulled wine to the rich table to the use of typically Nordic-designed Christmas dishes.

Experience Christmas differently, sometimes Scandinavian!