In other parts of the world, Scandinavia counts down the days until Christmas by means of an Advent calendar. This three-dimensional variety, above right, conceals chocolate treats in the confines of its drawers, each one awaiting the hands of eager children. Within a woven basket, above left, paperwhites, pinecones, and pepper berry mingle. Such an arrangement may hang on the door to welcome family members who have journeyed to share a traditional feast.
Text Leslie Bennett Smith
Photography Stephanie Welbourne Steele
Styling Melissa Sturdivant Smith
To discover more Scandinavian inspiration for a cozy—or hygge—holiday, see “Tidings from an Arctic Eden” in the November/December 2021 issue, available at victoriamag.com.