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Christmas Decor Around the World

Updated: Jan 25, 2023


This month I wanted to see how the world decorates for Christmas. You probably have your own Christmas traditions, decor and specialty foods passed down from the country your ancestors came from. Along with Christmas decor, I am going share some recipes from different cultures around the world as well.

To begin our world tour I will begin with Scandinavia where my ancestors came from. My daughter lives in Norway, and we had an opportunity to celebrate Christmas in Norway one year. She created several traditional, Norwegian Christmas dishes, some featured below.

We will begin our tour with Scandinavia; Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

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There are so many traditional Scandinavian decor traditions. Left to right;

❄️The Advent is very important at Christmas time. The above advent candles are lit and the heat moves the chimes to make a tinkle tone. A candle is lit every Sunday before Christmas.

❄️The story of St. Lucia; This story dates back to 304AD,Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. Lucia wore candles on her head to be hands free to serve the poor peasants living down in the catacombs. She was persecuted for her deeds and became a saint, St Lucia. Many communities name a St. Lucia for the Christmas season.

❄️The Dala horse is Swedish in origin, were made originally as toys.

❄️Of course the popular gnomes, or "Nisse' " are displayed. A "Nisse"; A nisse (Danish), Norwegian: tomte (Swedish), tomtenisse, or tonttu (Finnish) is a mythological creature from Nordic folklore. According to tradition, the nisse lives in the houses and barns of the farmstead, and secretly acts as their guardian. They have become very popular in the USA today!

❄️The most beautiful sweaters come from Scandinavia! We traditionally wear our Norwegian sweaters at Christmastime.

❄️In almost every home an Advent star will be hung in the windows, representing the Star of Bethlehem.

❄️Finally, the "Julehjerte", Christmas heart, made famous by Hans Christian Anderson, are woven out of paper can be filled with candy.


For many, Scandinavian trees, less is more.

Celebrating the natural tree and it's fresh pine


I recently made traditional Kramkake for my family.

Traditional Krumkake recipe from

True North Kitchen here

❄️Traditional Krumkake press sits on the stove itself. I purchased a Pizelle iron at Target that is perfect for Krumkake. Once dough is cooked like a thin pancake, remove, while hot, roll around wooden wand to create a cone. Let cool. Fill with creme fraiche or wipped cream, top with fresh fruit!


Traditional Norwegian Christmas faire are two traditional dishes that are contenders for the most popular Christmas dinners – “ribbe” (pork rib) and “pinnekjøtt” (lamb or mutton rib). The former has been the overall prime choice for years, but the popularity of pinnekjøtt grows for each passing year.

We enjoyed pinnekjøtt for our Norway Christamas. 📷scandikitchen

🎄"God Jul"


🇲🇽Our next stop, Mexico!

I love all of the bright dyes used in Mexican textiles, it seems Christmas is just as vibrant!



It wouldn't be Christmas without a

Christmas Pinata filled with sweet treats!

There are so many pinatas to choose from. The Seven Point Pinata represents, the biblical, seven sins. Along with pinatas, you may find elaborate nativity scenes or "Nacimento" displayed in homes across Mexico. Do you have a nativity scene?



Bright, handmade ornaments create a joyful,

holiday experience!

Many handmade Mexican ornaments can be found in handmade markets, like Etsy.

A favorite dessert, a fried dough dessert, similar to donuts,


Recipe here from

Mexico in the Kitchen


🪅"Feliz Navidad"


Travelling over the Pacific Ocean to🌴Hawaii!

A favorite winter destination for many of us!

Palm trees are decorated with Christmas lights.


Traditional evergreens are shipped in by

refrigerated cargo ships. This tree is covered in

leis, and Bird of Paradise, just stunning!


Santa arrives on an outrigger canoe! Pulled by 8 dolphins instead of reindeer, I bet you can guess their names!


"Traditional Christmas faire would be "Kalua Pig cooked "Imu" style, cooked underground with hot rocks and banana leaves. 📷

🍍🍍Pineapple Upside Down Cake is sure to be a hit!

Crazy for Crust Recipe Here


🎄"Mele Kalikimaka"


🦘🦘🦘We are heading "down under" to Australia!


Australians pretty much decorate as we do, but Christmastime arrives in their summertime, so many families go camping or spend time at the beaches.

🎄The Australian Christmas bush blooms in red around the Christmas season and native red flowers create beautiful wreaths. Ornaments reflect the Aussie lifestyle. It is said that Santa may give the reindeer a break, and have his kangaroo team take over.🦘🦘🦘🦘🛷

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🍤🍤Traditional Christmas meal would be

BBQ, lobster or shrimp.

Here is a "Shrimp on the Barbie"

recipe from Life Love and Good Food

"🎄Merry Christmas Mate"



✨Moscow is festive for the Christmas season!✨

You may recognize some of these familiar Russian Christmas decor items, popular today.

After World War ll, around 1954, soldiers returned with Nutcrackers as gifts purchased at European markets, that same year The New York Ballet Company, performed The Nutcracker Ballet composed by Russian, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky .

Traditional Christmas meals include many pickled foods, pork roast, herring and beet salads, meat dumplings, Kernik Pie, and Piroshki to name a few. Deviled eggs, are a favorite, these eggs are served with caviar sprinkled on top.

🥂Cheers! "ваше здоровье". (vashe zdorov'ye)



O' Tanembaum, O' Tanembaum.....a 🎄German song popularly sung every Christmas, world wide!

The modern lyrics were written in 1824 by the Leipzig organist, teacher and composer Ernst Anschütz. A Tannenbaum is a fir tree. The lyrics do not actually refer to Christmas, or describe a decorated Christmas tree. Instead, they refer to the fir's evergreen quality as a symbol of constancy and faithfulness.


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Germany follows the Advent for the Christmas season. Advent calendars and Advent wreaths are popular at Christmastime. An Advent candle is lit every week before Christmas.


Germany is famous for their beautiful Christmas Markets, called Weihnachtsmärkte.

Traditonal Christmas faire, like

Chef John"s Beef Rouladen

from Allrecipes

📷allrecipes 🎄Merry Christmas! "Fröhliche Weihnachten"


We will end our spin around the world here in the USA!

We love to decorate for the holidays! Our yards, houses and trees get the full decor treatment!

It seems anything goes when decorating your tree in the USA!🎄

Find your favorite Christmas tree theme here

from House to Home

Our homes are an empty canvas to express our holiday spirit! Lights, the more the merrier!



We love Santa!

Did you know in 1931 Coca Cola

introduced Santa in it's advertising, and that is how we got our "Jolly Ole Elf" image we see today! It also began the commercialization of Christmas season, ie; Shopping, Black Friday, for Christmas!

Traditional Christmas dinner for most is; turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Find a yummy stuffing 📷adbranch

recipe here from Cafe Delights

"🎄Merry Christmas"

🕎Finally, I would like to share some beautiful Menorahs representing the Jewish faith. The Jewish holiday, Hanukkah/Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the Second Century B.C. Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for “dedication.”

Hanukkah follows the Hebrew Calendar Kislev, and usually falls in November or December.

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Thanks for joining me for a quick tour around the world to take a peak at some Christmas decor and traditions other countries celebrate! Maybe you saw one of your favorite decor ideas, or are inspired to bring in new Christmas decor ideas into your home this holiday!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday season!

What traditions will you be celebrating this year?


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