A hop, a skip, a cab, a bus and a plane on Wednesday morning, and hello Denmark. It’s time leave London and coursework behind for a while, and head to a few days with family, Danish friends, peace and quiet and holidays. And hopefully snow! Contrary to popular perception, Denmark normally has no snow during Christmas, but the last few years it’s been more likely than ever before. Right now there’s about 15 cm of snow, which is pretty good considering the time of year. 2 years ago, in 2010, there were loads of snow and minus 18 degrees. So cold, that after spending 5-10 minutes outside your skin hurts and you can’t feel your nose. I like it 🙂
Christmas in Denmark is in many ways very different than in England. The basic values are pretty similar, such as spending time with family and eat loads of good food (and preferably gain a few kilos – otherwise you haven’t done it well enough).
The one thing that English people normally find the weirdest about a Danish Christmas, is the fact that we join hands and walk around the christmas tree on christmas eve (the 24th, red.). And sing Christmas songs, while walking. Granted, it is a bit weird. But if you think about it, this normally happens after a massive dinner and dessert, and is therefore a handy little way of burning some of all that duck and sugar potatoes and sauce that was just eaten. In the hardcore families you gotta sing ALL the verses of ALL the songs. It’s normally the elderly people who thinks this is a brilliant idea, while the children (and childish) could easily do with the first and last verse of some of the songs – And maximum one song choice per person. In my family the dog joins in too, and wanders around the christmas tree with a look on his face that we must all have gone bonkers.
After the christmas tree singing fun, some people (including one part of my family) like to run around the entire house holding hands forming a chain. Every room must be visited (first person in turns the light on, last person of the chain turns it off) and this fast tempo song is being sung (“Now it’s christmas again, now it’s christmas again, and christmas last until easter – Not it’s not true, no it’s not true, because in between is the fasting” – Yes, this makes no sense, and yes, works much better in Danish. Must be repeated until the entire house has been visited). After the exercise it’s time to open presents, eat more candy and chocolate, until everybody eventually passes out on the sofa. The 25th is mostly spend relaxing, enjoying presents, and eating some more.
I can’t wait! and I’m really hoping it will look like it did in december 2010 (featuring Buster the dog)
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