Nordic Christmas: Dalas for Days

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This post is part of our series exploring Nordic Christmas traditions. To see the entire collection, visit the Nordic Christmas home page.

The dala horse is such an important part of Swedish heritage that it has become an international symbol of Sweden and a very popular tourist souvenir. Naturally it is also a part of Christmas traditions. Dala horses are everywhere!

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While there remain a few differing theories, Swedes generally recognize these carved wooden horses originating as a gift woodcutters would give to their children when they returned home. Vikings considered the horse to be a holy animal. It’s fun to see how this same reverence of the animal has been demonstrated through the centuries.

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I found a free download of Scandinavian images designed to be tree ornaments or a garland. I did neither. Instead I glued the dala horse to a tp roll and let my toddler play. (I did the same with a julbok. More on that later.)

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He loved it! I especially loved that it was a cheap and easy and quick craft. We stayed in our theme and had a lot of fun.

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