Looking to do something new with your décor this Christmas? Other countries can provide great inspiration.
Countries celebrate Christmas differently all over the world. This often plays a role in how they decorate. If you do a bit of research, you will find out more about their customs and you will be able to integrate them into your holiday décor.
Who wants to do research, you say? We catch your drift. That’s why we’ve done it for you. Here are some international traditions to consider incorporating while decorating this year.
Take a trip back in time and you will see that the French often used fruit in their Christmas design. Apples were especially popular, but berries were used as well.
Fruit inspires French Christmas design to this day. However, you will be more likely to find fruit shaped glass ornaments. Going this route eliminates the possibility of spoilage occurring.
Ukraine: Spiders and Spiderwebs
In the countries like the U.S. and the U.K. spiders and spiderwebs are associated with Halloween. But in the Ukraine., they are a sign of Christmas, especially when accompanied with sparkly elements.
The country has a folktale that tells the story of a spiderweb that turns into gold on Christmas morning. Therefore, spiders and spiderwebs are associated with good luck and do not have the spooky connotations they do in other countries.
Australia: Shell Ornaments
Australia’s surf and turf and mild Christmas temperatures come through in the shell ornaments they like to hang on their trees during the Christmas season.
Finland: Straw (Himmeli)
In Finland, they like to create geometric structures from rye straw. These are placed over the dining room table at Christmastime, and they stay there until midsummer. With the geometric look on trend, you really can’t miss out on adding one of these to your decorations.
Denmark: Homemade Paper Hearts
Hearts make terrific Christmas decorations, but in Denmark, there is a very specific type of heart that is used. Also known as juleherte, these are made by pleating red and white paper in a heart shape. The ornaments can be filled with nuts or sweets and hung from the tree.
This tradition was reportedly introduced by Hans Christian Anderson who is said to have made the oldest example of the juleherte The decoration is on exhibit at the Hans Christian Anderson Museum in Odense.
Sweden: Swedish Flag
Apparently, Swedes are so proud of their heritage, they include their flag in their Christmas decorations. Flags can be placed directly on the tree or around the house or they can be integrated into other design elements such as ornaments, tableware or more.
Note: You don’t necessarily have to use the Swedish flag. Anyone of your choice will do just fine.
Christmas is different all over the world. The tips in this article will help you create an internationally inspired holiday theme that wows. Which of these countries will you be choosing to guide your décor?