Scandinavian Summer

SCANDINAVIAN SUMMER :: Call for Midsummer-themed contributions!

MIDSUMMER BLOG PARTY! Let's celebrate Swedish tradition. Want to contribute? Email Oaxacaborn!

I’m running a little behind on this, but what do you think? Can we pull off a Midsummer [blog] party in time? I’m thinking something in the spirit of the Scandinavian Christmas series — but all Midsummer! If you have photos, blog posts from past summers, traditions, crafts, resources or anything else Midsummer-related to share, email me oaxacaborn @gmail.com. I can’t wait!

Image credit: Jason Florio for The New York Times

Christmas

SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS :: Fika / Coffee Break

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A routine break in the day for coffee and sweets is a good thing to have as a part of the zeitgeist, no? In Sweden, these coffee breaks are called fika. And Cereal Magazine has a few photos of a Swedish-inspired cafe called just that.

(P.S. Want to see how Dala horses are made? There’s a video here!)

Christmas

SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS :: The Making of the Swedish Dala Horse

Carved wooden horses have been a part of Swedish culture since the 1600s. The distinct shape as we know it today was introduced in the 1700s, and the iconic paint pattern came along in the 1800s. Dala horses were even sometimes used as payment! But it wasn’t until 1939, when a Swedish architect created a huge Dala horse for the World’s Fair in New York, that the popularity of the dalahäst really took off.

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Oh, I know they aren’t a traditional Christmas decoration. But they’re traditionally Swedish, and just happen to be come in very Christmasy colors. So why not? There are no rules about how you can decorate for Christmas — make the season your own, and let the decor reflect your own personality, style and heritage.

Want to contribute to the 3rd Annual Scandinavian/Nordic Christmas Series? Click here to find out how!

Scandinavian Summer

SCANDINAVIAN SUMMER :: Linnea’s Swedish Midsommar Celebration

3 - Swedish Midsommar celebration created by Linnea in the Capitol

Every winter, there’s a whole lotta Scandinavian and Nordic Christmas beauty on this blog. The Scandinavian Christmas series is one of my very favorite blog features — and, judging by the stats, it’s yours, too.

When lovely reader Linnea emailed me photos of her beautiful Swedish Midsommar celebration, I could hardly believe I never thought of having a Scandinavian Summer series as well!

While midsummer is already past, it’s not too late to celebrate, right? Not at all! I’ve just added a Scandinavian Summer category, so if you want to send me your summery photos, feel free! I might feature them. :)

Here’s how Linnea celebrated this year.

Midsommar celebration created by Linnea in the Capitol

5 - Swedish Midsommar celebration created by Linnea in the Capitol

2 - Midsommar celebration created by Linnea in the Capitol

4 - Swedish Midsommar celebration created by Linnea in the Capitol

See the rest of Linnea’s really gorgeous Swedish Midsommar photos here!