Classic Christmas decorating traditions in Stockholm

November 24, 2013

in Christmas in Stockholm,Stockholm,what to see in Stockholm

Stockholm The julbord window at NK.


Stockholm Since we stopped to see the windows about 10 on Saturday night, there weren’t so many people there.


Stockholm A not-so-classic interpretation of Lucia.


There are certain things that I have to do in Stockholm at least once during the holidays. One of them is to see the windows at the department store Nordiska Kompaniet or NK. The unveiling happened last week and that means from now on through Christmas, there will usually be big crowds in front of the store.


Stockholm Reindeer pulling the sleigh.


Every year since the store opened in 1902, a new design theme is created for the store windows and this year, it’s classical Christmas decorations.  My favorite window depicts a classic Swedish julbord– or holiday buffet– with all the usual foods, from ham and meatballs to a gingerbread house, but there’s a lot of humor thrown into the scene. Underneath the table, some mice are making Janssons frestelse or Jansson’s temptation–a traditional Swedish casserole made with potatoes, anchovies, onions, breadcrumbs and cream.

All of the window scenes are very detailed, so it’s fun to just stop and look and see everything going on. And while the windows are designed with kids in mind, big kids like me enjoy them too.

Check out some photos from NK in 2011 in this post and notice how big the crowds are.


Stockholm A cat maid sets the table for julbord.


Stockholm A mouse slices the potatoes for jansson’s temptation.


Stockholm Slicing the holiday bread.


Stockholm And what’s a Swedish julbord without meatballs?


1 Lou Lou November 26, 2013 at 07:09

Haven’t been yet but well take a look of course! Absolutely loved the Lucia one!

2 Marie November 26, 2013 at 20:18

I love the NK display as well and we look forward to seeing it every year. This year’s display looks like something that we’ll really enjoy. Especially as it looks like my dog is in the Lucia display 🙂

Those details like the mice preparing something under the table reminds me of the fabulous “Pettson och Findus” books by Sven Nordqvist. Every time you look at the illustrations, you notice another tiny creature in the background that you missed before.

3 Sandra November 26, 2013 at 23:07

Thanks for the comment Marie. And you are right: there are new details to discover in every corner of the windows this year. As for the Lucia dog, he reminded me of a cross between Scooby Doo and Marmaduke–very fun! He definitely made me smile.
I will have to check out the books–I am not familiar with them.

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