Scandinavia and the World
Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

The boys are here dressed as a horrifying mix of various Scandinavian Christmas traditions.

The goat costumes are from the Christmas billy-goat. It’s the oldest Christmas tradition in Scandinavia, and most likely predates Christianity, and is therefore a heathen tradition that was simply absorbed by the new religion in these parts of the world. Usually it’s made of straw but in some families people even dress up as it.

The candles are from Santa Lucia procession A Swedish tradition that has spread to the rest of Scandinavia, though it remains most popular in Sweden where girls from all over the country compete to become the Lucia of the year.

And finally the flags as decoration on the tree is a Danish tradition that started during the Nazi’s time in Denmark where the Danes weren’t allowed to use their flag, and therefore used it as a Christmas decoration. This later spread to the rest of Scandinavia.

In the December calendar picture on the traditions are separated, with Denmark showing of his beloved Christmas beer, and added Finland as Santa because in Finland they take Santa very seriously, and Iceland with a baby doll in his mouth because in Iceland they have 13 Santas and they don’t just give naughty kids coal, their mother eats them! (The picture isn’t up yet, but will be tomorrow).

30th November 2010

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13 days ago #9384676        

Every time I see this I crack up.

15 days ago #9383742        

Final picture of Vatican cringing in the corner is too funny !

4 months ago #9342864        

The Scandinavians know how to do Yule right!

4 months ago #9339881        

@KattenSune There is still the traditions doing "Julebukk" where I live. People would dress up and go from house to house and sing christmas songs for candy. Kinda like a nicer version of halloween. I haven't heard of someone dressing like goats, but in kindergarden we were dressed in sacking bags with holes for the head and arms.


5 months ago #9336124        


5 months ago #9325243        

Noone dresses up as billy-goats anymore :/ Probably more than a hundred years ago that was common, I think. They do that in an old book by Elsa Bescow.


15 F
7 months ago #9302724        

That is scary.

10 months ago #9260596        

@Amerikhastan you to, my brother?


22 M
11 months ago #9235143        

yup this some up how we do xmes

1 year ago #9208508        

No problem. Just glad to sate your curiosity. ;)

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