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Building a Nordic Noël with Scandinavian and German Christmas Decorations

Updated on October 28, 2014
Photo taken by: Knar Bedian
Photo taken by: Knar Bedian | Source

The following hub will be focused on methods that can be used to build a Nordic noel. This may include using German Christmas decorations or decorations from other parts of the world. The trick here is to understand the themes involved. Knowing these common threads will allow anyone to find and decorate their home in a Nordic style by using this tips. (In other words - you don’t have to buy the specific decorations listed here! In fact, no Amazon links will be listed on this page!)

Other items can be added in to a future collection as well. Buying the entire set is not what this hub is about. Instead, this hub helps show how to select specific decorations to achieve a Nordic Christmas feeling.

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Photo taken by: Katherine | Source

Tip #1 - Start Country

I know that common sense would show that Nordic and country Christmas decoration styles are very different, but they share three common bonds.

Days of Yore

Both of these styles of decorations want to remind us of past, simple Christmas decorations. Nothing made of a shiny plastic that has 5000 moving parts. Think of what would be considered a decoration in the early 1900s or earlier.

Passed Down

Both sets of these decorations want to appear as if they have been passed down for generations. While most would think it weird to have your grandparents pass down decorations, then your parents pass them down, this is the look that is trying to be achieved. If there is a little paint chipped or slight rust, that is fine. If the color is not as vibrate, that is fine as well. The hope is to get these decorations with a "well loved" look.

Heart not Wallet

Much like the disdain for plastic and moving parts, both sets of decorations are meant to look… well, a little cheap. Not to the point where we are gluing macaroni on construction paper, but where a lot of thought and energy went into the process (not a lot of money). That makes this theme very hard to pull off. This difficulty comes from trying hard to look effortless.

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Photo taken by: Elin B | Source

Tip #2 - Strict Colors (Red, White, Green)

In this tip we depart from traditional country Christmas decorations. Nordic / German Christmas decorations seem to have three main colors: Red, White, and Green. When building a Nordic Christmas, avoid golds, blues, and purples. When using the main colors, understand how they are being used. Red and white for the majority of decorations, while using evergreen decorations to fill in the greens. Pine cones and acorns can also be used with the evergreen branches / wreaths / garlands. This brings us into our next tip.

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Photo taken by: Ginny | Source

Tip #3 - Come Inside Outdoors

When building a Nordic Christmas, feel free to use elements of the outdoors. As mentioned in the tip above, using evergreen decorations helps bring the outdoors in. Some outdoor elements may not work very well. Stay away from fake elements of the outdoors though. Fake snow will only detract, not add to this element. Fake icicles in the form of tinsel is far from a Nordic or country Christmas decoration. Even building a fake bird may not work with either of these themes. The best idea is to have each decoration as authentic and simple as possible.

Photo taken by: Mathew Bedworth
Photo taken by: Mathew Bedworth | Source

Tip #4 - Expand Your Vision

When looking for Christmas decorations, don’t just focus on traditional decorations. Other things can make fantastic decorations even though they were never meant to. For example, purchasing old toys and putting them together in a bunch works well because of the presents tradition during Christmas. Another example would be using a distinctly red or white item that has no connection to Christmas (such as red boots or apples). Planting and decorating a small Christmas tree in a red boot can quickly build a Christmas feeling in a house hold.

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Photo taken by: LenDog64 | Source

Tip #5 - Ignore Big Retailers

To build this theme, it may be best to avoid the bigger retailers. They will have decorations that fit this theme, but there is a better source. During Christmas time there are a lot of “holiday shows” filled with local craftsman. Normally, these types of decorations are much more cost effective than at bigger retailers. If your not sure you want to go to local markets and deal with the people that made the decoration; try out Etsy. This is a craft website that has some amazing unique stuff year round.

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    • daxamite profile imageAUTHOR

      James Livingood 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Glad you liked the article! Looking forward to seeing your new Christmas decorations. :)

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      Janice Horner 

      5 years ago

      I am a total Christmas freak where Christmas tree decorations are concerned! Last year I had a brainstorm after looking at the different colored baubles I had collected over the years and those on display in the shops at silly prices! They looked just so boring! Anyway, I have revamped my boring baubles (or some of them) and when I have made this year's will put them on hub pages for you to see! Loved this article with it's very useful tips!

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