While some people believe it’s never too early to start getting into the festive spirit; I’m not ready to start decking the halls in my own home just yet. But there is one lovely Danish tradition I whole heartily approve of: advent candles.
Just as you would a traditional calendar, the advent candle, or ‘kalenderly’, acts as a countdown from December 1st to the big day.
Every morning at breakfast the corresponding piece of candle is burnt away, and it is usually the children of the family’s duty to blow it out before it burns down too far.
Advent candles are also a great excuse to add some extra hygge to a dark and damp December day, which is never a bad thing in my book.
So if you’d like to start this tradition too, let me save you some time by suggesting a few of my favourites from Nordic brands I love.
This year’s Christmas candle from Normann Copenhagen is inspired by the iconic Bauhaus School and was created to coincide with the 100th anniversary of this revolutionary design movement. As a huge Bauhaus design lover, and someone who has visited all three Bauhaus sites, I was instantly drawn to the characteristic typography and sharp graphic style.
Part of their beautiful ‘Rhombe’ collection, the gold details on this years Lyngby Porcelain advent candle is perfect for a stylishly elegant Christmas. Designed to accompany their glossy glazed hurricane candleholders, this design was first featured in 1961, but today the rhombus pattern is used as a relief on the surface to add a modern twist to the classic porcelain.
With their gorgeous cinnamon scent, the Ferm Living Christmas Calendar Candles are super popular, both in Denmark and the UK. As you would expect from Ferm Living though, they have given the ritual a twist by adding a chart to the front of the glass container so you can cross off each day instead. This year they have also introduced two new colours, blue and black.
A new edition to the beautiful By Lasson collection this year, their advent candle is designed to fit perfectly in their range of black metal ‘Light’In’ hurricane lanterns. I simply adore my ‘Kubus’ candleholder, and these latest designs where in fact created by Mogens Lassen grandson, Søren Lassen, and as you can appreciate one is at the top of my Christmas list.
If you prefer a more traditional Danish design, then the Hammershøi Christmas series from Kähler is for you. As part of a larger collection of white porcelain tableware, the classic hearts and stars motifs, as well as the fir-trees and pinecones, will certainly add a touch of festive magic to your home.
I hope you enjoyed my updated list, Normann Copenhagen and Lyngby Porcelain kindly gifted the products featured in this post but, as ever, all words and opinions are my own.
Images 1 and 2 by Nicola Capper, all remaining images courtesy of respective brands.