Nu är det jul!

rougeimaginaire: "Nu är det jul!"
golden christmas tree: Ikea / scented candle: Dille & Kamille / star-shaped lamp: Ikea / knitted blanket: Ikea

It’s almost Christmas, and although I’m not someone who likes lots of kitschy Christmas decorations, I’m all in when it comes to cosiness on the shortest days of the year (although apparently, we’re getting six seconds more daylight than yesterday – yay!). I just think it’s one of the best things to cuddle up in my room with lots of blankets, a cup of hot chocolate or tea and some beautiful lights. I’m still watching Breaking Bad, by the way, and I have to say it’s one of the best series I’ve ever watched. Also, can I just say how much I am in love with this star-shaped lamp? I makes these dull winter days just a little bit brighter.
Anyway, I was tagged by Dani to do the festive favourites tag! I’m not tagging anyone, but feel free to do it if you want to.


Festive food? Any kind of dessert? :)

Reindeer? The only one I know is Rudolph, but I suppose there are more of them? I don’t know, we don’t really do the whole Santa thing here in Belgium…

Day of Christmas? We celebrate Christmas on the 24th and the 25th, but I don’t really have a favourite.

Christmas song? I’m not that into Christmas songs, but I do like to listen to this collection of winter songs that the Icelandic band Amiina made a few years ago. It’s called Winter Nostalgia and you can find it here.

Present? Just small things, like a scented candle or some nice loose tea :)

Festive film? I can’t think of anything else than Pippi Longstocking’s Christmas episode (I couldn’t find it in English, but you can watch it in Swedish here).

Cracker toy and joke? Another tradition we don’t have in Belgium ;)

Christmas decoration? My star-shaped lamp :)

Christmas TV ad? The only one I know is the Coca-Cola one!

Festive tradition? Ever since I started taking Swedish classes four years ago, we’ve had this little tradition of doing a Christmas party in the last week before the vacation, where everyone would bring food and we would sing songs and watch a movie. This year, we didn’t celebrate Christmas, but we did a Lucia celebration, which was just as nice.

Christmas fact? Before Christmas existed, there was a pagan tradition of celebrating the winter solstice at yule festivals. That’s why the Swedish word for Christmas is jul :)

Snowman accessory? What snow?


Merry Christmas, everyone! :)

  • The simplicity of your decorations is beautiful! I hope you have had a very lovely Christmas and are enjoying the recent snow!

    • Now I’m looking for excuses to not put them away until spring’s here ^^

  • Raffael Otte

    Hej Hanne, looking for new Sofia Karlsson videos I came across your new
    video. I`m a 54 year old German who went through difficult times until
    2008, losing loved people (who died), and then just by chance discovered
    (and immediately was enchanted by) Swedish music (Laleh, Bo Sundström
    & Frida Öhrn) on Radio Sweden over here, and with it Sweden as such
    and all the wonderful music. Can`t say why, but I deeply fell in love
    with Sweden, was lucky to find a real good friend from Sweden and have
    been to Stockholm 3 times now. And somehow you seem to be on a very
    similar trip. How can I say that I`m really not writing you because I`m
    after young women your age or something, and not after personal contact
    even, but I could imagine it would be fascinating to exchange what we
    have discovered or to inspire us with things we don´t know yet. I`m on FB, so if you should be too, maybe just check me out and send me a message (my profile photo is my face flashed in red before a red Van Gogh exhibition light box).
    I would introduce you to a wonderful blogg I`ve learned Swedish with,
    of a ecological woman and her children. I found it fascinating that you
    even know Ted Gärdestad. My swedish friend gave me the beautiful cover
    album “För kärlekens skull” which I love a lot. If you know Sofia Karlsson you might have heard of the wonderful “Jul i folkton” musicians and of Esbjörn Hazelius maybe. Here`s a new beautiful video of him and Sanna Hogman. Just to amuse you, I was guessing which country you come from. May I dare (you may smile of corse). You look English, but the English you speak sounds as if you have learned English with a slight american accent. You speak English like I would, like a German would, but to me you don`t look so German, can`t say why. That irritated me. And Hanne does not sound so German too. I knew a woman from Finland who`s name was Hannele. But somehow I still think you come from Germany too :) Feel free to write me please (you can write in German, English or Swedish which I speak too by now (slowly, but I´m on the way :) ) Have a wonderful day. Raffael