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Winter Solstice Celebration

Updated: Jan 2, 2022

Two things characterize December; it is the month of Christmas as well as Winter Solstice, the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year on the northern hemisphere, usually December 21st.

The Christmas myths of Santa, his sleigh and the reindeer originate in the US. But did you know that the Nordic mythology plays a huge role in the way Santa is presented?

The Nordic mythology is the myths and legends of supernatural beings related to the pre-Christian Nordic religion way back when Vikings were habitants of the North. With popular TV series like Vikings, tales of the pagan gods have gained new strength.

Vikings celebrated Winter Solstice. The festivities confirmed that longer days were coming. The celebration was called ‘jol' and the Scandinavian word for Christmas is ‘Jul' deriving from the Vikings.

The myths tell us about Odin, the highest and oldest of the gods. He is often called 'father of jol,' and he rides on his eight-legged horse Sleipnir in the night skies. Sleipnir runs as fast as the wind and is equally comfortable on the ground as in the air. The myth even has it that children put out food for Sleipnir, and in return, Odin placed sweets or little gifts.

While Odin has remained a god from Norse Mythology, the traditions of his time are interwoven with modern-day Santa myths of flying reindeer and leaving cookies out for Santa.

To honor the ancient celebration of Winter Solstice, the geometrical circle unifies the items in your December Norlii box. The circle symbolizes the continuously interchanging Solstices.

The Bookend

With its beautiful and sculptural appearance, this bookend is a perfect accessory to use for organizing books and keeping things in order.

The bookend from Oy Oy Living is not only practical as it avoids books from tipping over, but it is also stylish and decorative on any shelf. $40

Storage Box

Keep your Christmas treasures safe in the striped cylindrical box from Oy Oy Living. The storage box is made of 100% printed cardboard and has a leather strap at the top. $23

Lakridskonfekt, treats

The licorice allsorts from Konfektfabrikken are handmade from traditional methods on the tiny Danish island Ærø in the South Funen Archipelago.

Konfektfabrikken only uses ingredients of the highest quality in their production; dried fruit and berries, as well as natural oils and aromas. They say: "less sugar, more taste !"

We know licorice potentially causes frowns in the US, but these are so good and chocolatey we couldn't resist putting them in the box.  $13


Beautiful metal ornaments from House Doctor with brass finish. The ornaments have a stunning graphic look and are suited for decoration all year round. Hang them by themselves, or use them as decorations for your Christmas tree or a twig in a vase. The golden brass finish adds a warm and cozy atmosphere to any room. $12

Feathered Christmas ornament in metal with leather cord for hanging. This little feather brings hope for warmer days. $7

OYOY Living Design is a Danish interior brand with a solid basis in the Scandinavian design tradition. Their DNA is in the shape and color of the broad palette of the functional interior. An item from OY OY Living will surely add an aesthetic touch to a beautiful Nordic-inspired home.

We sincerely hope you will enjoy each new item in your new box, and we wish you a joyful December.

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