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MY NORWEGIAN EASTER

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Easter, or Påske as we say in Norway, has always been one of my favourite holidays and I think its mostly because of the relaxed atmosphere & the fact that the sun finally returns. This time of year marks the end of the winter, and is an important time in Norway giving us a chance to celebrate the arrival of Spring after the long and dark winter. For me Easter is all about family & friends, staying home and of course candy! Its a nice time to spend with the people you love, without the fuss that Christmas can bring..

After browsing my Instagram feed these last days I realised that Easter is such a diverse holiday with so many different traditions around the world, but also from family to family. I love reading about different people’s impressions so I thought I would share some of my own traditions around this holiday with you.

When I was young Easter used to be the time when our family would travel to a cabin in the woods and spend our days cross-country skiing & playing in the snow. In the evening we would be doing card-games, sitting in front of the fireplace and listen to the radio while eating our Easter treats. As I got older this tradition changed slightly as I am not as big of a fan of skiing as I used to be. This Easter I went home to Norway for a looong weekend, in fact Norway has the world’s longest Easter holiday. Instead of skiing we went for walks along the beach (yes we do have beaches in Norway!) or in town, and instead of listening to the radio we would be watching crime series on the TV which is now a massive Norwegian Easter tradition.

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One of the things that stayed the same, was the Easter egg! In Norway and also the rest of Scandinavia it has always been the chicken & egg that is the symbol of Easter. Eggs symbolise rebirth and chickens are a symbol of fertility. In Norway we get a beautifully decorated cardboard egg which can be opened to reveal a selection of sweets such as chocolate, marzipan and pick’n mix inside. In my family I would always get this egg at the start of the holiday, and it would usually also have a magazine or a couple of small toys to keep me busy the rest of the time.

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When it comes to decorations Norwegians tend to use yellow. Yellow candles, napkins and flowers, especially tulips and daffodils, are common things in any Norwegian home at this time. We also use birch tree twigs and branches for hanging ornaments such as painted eggs. The Goat Willows are a very traditional decoration and is a symbol of Easter for many Norwegians. We basically love bringing the outside in, and celebrating Spring time to the fullest.

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Easter Sunday in Norway starts with a good Easter breakfast usually consisting of eggs. We boil and dye or paint them before eating to add a bit extra. Eggs in Norway are usually white, and to get them to look yellow we simply boil them with onion skins! This year as an addition I also used these super cute stickers from Tiger. It was an easy & quick way to decorate them around the breakfast table before tucking in.

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Now that Easter is over its time to wait for the next noteworthy Norwegian tradition; the national day on the 17th of May!

Do you have any special Easter traditions in your country or home? I would love to hear more so please share!

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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YELLOW FAVOURITES FOR EASTER

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I don’t know about you, but for me Easter is all about yellow! Yellow reminds me of the sun shining on a clear day and is a colour that brings joy & happiness. Here are some yellow inspiration to get us into the Easter spirit.

The retro Lotus bowl has the perfect Easter vibe. The pattern was designed by the Norwegian artist Arne Clausen in 1963, and is today produced by Danish Lucie Kaas.

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Going on a Easter hike or mini vacation? Then the yellow Fjallraven Kanken backpack is the perfect accessory! It was actually originally designed for Swedish school children in 1978, and has now become an iconic backpack around the world. I love that it is made from durable Vinylon F fabric, which repels moisture and is therefore easy to keep clean.

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The Bunny Hoptimist is a fun way to add a bit of Easter to your home. Originally designed by Gustav Ehrenreich in the 1970s, the Hoptimist is today one of the Danish design classics. The Bunny is a newer addition to the Hoptimist family, but was created using the same happy principals from the original.

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How about adding a bit of yellow to your Easter breakfast table with this Ursula jug by Kähler? Use the iconic jug along with the white plates from the same series.

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Wish someone a happy Easter with this cute greeting card by kikki.K, perfect for any chocoholics!

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The bright yellow Nappula candleholders by Finnish Iittala can of course be used all year long, but are especially lovely around Easter time. It looks great when you mix together the two different sizes as seen here on the Interior design blog Kettukarkki.

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And if you are like me and love cozying up with a blanket in the evening then the Loom soft hand-woven throw by Muuto is lovely. Now bring on the chocolate..

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Hope everyone is having a lovely Easter so far!

// Photo credit: 1 Ingrid Opstad / 2 Lucie Kaas / 3 Fjallraven / 4 Hoptimist / 5 Kähler / 6 kikki.K / 7 Kettukarkki / 8 Muuto

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EASTER FUN FROM TIGER

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Is it too early to get excited for Easter?.. The other day I went to Tiger, one of my favourite shops for affordable Scandi-style decorations, and got a couple of fun items to start the countdown!

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Chocolate eggs – because they are without doubt the best part of Easter. These pastel coloured ones are the perfect decoration to have in a bowl on the table (if you can resist to not eat them..)

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Polkadot egg-shaped candles! These will look so good next to the chocolates, and will fit perfectly in my Seletti Egg Holder in ceramics.

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These little stickers are to decorate eggs with, a fun idea for the breakfast table on Easter morning. I might put these stickers other places too.. They come in a pack of 2 sheets so you have plenty to spare.

Tiger doesn’t have an online store, but they are now located in 27 countries around the world and you can find a full list on their website.

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad

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