Little Scandinavian

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Confession of a Cookie Monster

by Scandinavian mum

theScandinavianDad made more Berlinerkranser (Norwegian Christmas Cookies) yesterday. And this morning he woke me up with a heart shaped on to accompany the latte he serves every morning.
I’m afraid it was gone before I got my camera out…

And now, walking into the kitchen, this tower of yummy Christmas Cookies greets me.
Do you think he’ll notice if some of them will disappear? I mean, one is gone already and you can’t notice that, can you?
Oh why didn’t he store them in a box out of sight!?!

The Scandinavian Dad will be sharing his fantastic yummy recipe shortly. So watch this space.

First Sunday of Advent

by Scandinavian mum

To be found in most Scandinavian homes during the advent time is the “adventsstake”.

Adventslys is four candles, traditionally purple in colour but as a modern “all white Scandi Christmas” white is common, placed in the “adventsstake”, a tray or candleholder used for putting the candles on or in. These can be simple or decorated as you please.

One is lit every week starting on the first Sunday of Advent, so that by the Christmas Eve the candles are different heights.
Families usually gather together each Sunday afternoon in Advent to lid the candle(s) and some say a poem together with their children, like the poem Advent by the Norwegian Poet Inger Hagerup.

Each of the four Sundays has a different aspect: joy, hope, longing and peace.

We wish you all a peaceful first Sunday in Advent.

Photo: Cornelias Hus

Sign up for special promotions and events

by Scandinavian mum

Christmas is traditionally celebrated on the 24th of December in Scandinavia. But it starts way before that with shopping for gifts and Christmas clothes and preparations of decoration and all that glorious Christmas food.

The Christmas season starts with the first Advent, which falls on Sunday the 28th of November this year.
Advent is the time to start decorating your home with an abundance of tinsel, lights, small angels, reindeers, Santas and anything that belongs to the season.
It’s also the time to let your children make colourful Christmas decorations and bake tins after tins with various of Christmas cookies.

Little Scandinavian loves this time of the year and to celebrate with you we’ll be having exciting promotions and events throughout the advent time, some that will be exclusively for our newsletter subscribers only.

Don’t miss out on our Christmas promotions and events and sign up for our weekly newsletter now.

Photo: “Madicken, it’s snowing” Astrid Lindgren

Christmas cards the Scandinavian way

by Scandinavian mum

It’s that time of the year again… Yes, I know it’s a bit early, but I couldn’t resist not sharing the simple Christmas cards from danish design company Minimega in such rich and delightful colours.
Also if you start up now you might even have time to enjoy writing all the cards!

Available in the shop primo November at

Photo: Blog by Minimega

Ticket to Heaven AW10

by Scandinavian mum

Ticket to Heaven’s popular ranges of clothes for children are all using a classic functional and colourful design. Ticket to Heaven produces two collections every year, both including outerwear, rainwear and jeans as well as a full range of accessories.
Ticket to Heaven is high quality and will keep your child warm and dry regardless of how Nordic our climate will get this winter.

Available online from Denmark or find your nearest shop in the UK here.

Exclusive 15% discount at Kidsen

by Scandinavian mum

Whether you’re going away for half term or just preparing for the inevitable arrival of winter, you now have the chance to stock up on all your essential Scandi gear this half term.

All Little Scandinavian readers are entitled to claim a 15% discount on all Autumn Winter clothes including coats, hats and gloves.

To take advantage of this offer use the code LittleScandi when you check out online at or when you visit their beautiful store in Kensal Rise, London.

As this is an exclusive offer the discount will not feature on Kidsen’s main site.

Offer ends on Friday 22nd October.
Photo: Mini A Ture