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Christmas in Denmark

December 28, 2013

This post about Christmas in Denmark, is made to join the photo challenge “Christmas traditions around the World” – by Hitch-hikers handbook

nisse orkester

As soon as the calender reach December 1, Denmark will be invaded by NISSER, small pixies, gnoms, elfs or whatever they are called abroad. The shops are offering different  types of nisser, but they have one thing in common, their clothes and red hats.

Danish Christmas elfs NISSER

A nisse has the size of a 10 year old boy, and dress like the farmer did in the old days. If mysterious things happened at the farm, people expected the Nisse to be responsible for it. Perhaps as a result of being angry for some reason. An angry nisse can give you many problems. Today we still happen to explain mysterious things as “caused by a nisse”.

old style nisse

In 1836, the first friendly nisser appeared, made specially for Christmas by an artist who made them as paper clip for his Christmas party. Since then they have increased in numbers and can be seen everywhere in December, but only in December. The rest of the year, they are invisible.

rice pudding

Nisser eats “risengrød” ricepudding, and to please the house-nisse, it is common to place a bowl with ricepudding at the loft, where he lives.

calender candle daily denmark

Another important thing to do at December 1, is to light the calender candle with the 24 numbers painted on. Every day it gets shorter, and the big day for sharing presents gets closer.

Danish æbleskiver appleslices
24 days of making and enjoying all kinds of Christmas candy and cakes can start.

pebernødder pepper-nuts

Christmas chocolates
Marzipan and nougat, pepper nuts, “æbleskiver”/appleslices and the warm mulled wine called “gløg”.

Danish Christmas heart Pleated Christmas hearts
There are something to do every day. Decorations for the Christmas tree, the two colored pleated Hearts is a Danish tradition.

stegte sild

In December, people meet to have a Christmas lunch. Families, Companies, friends, – any little or big group of people must have their annual Christmas lunch, which will include many types of herrings, and a lot more topping at the open sandwiches.

Danish roasted pork

Christmas is celebrated at December 24, with a dinner which typically will be roast pork, or/ and duck, red cabbage and sugar browned potatoes, and sauce.

Danish ris a la mande

For dessert, Ris a la mande – cold rice pudding mixed with whipped cream, a little vanilla and a lot of sliced almonds – except one, which everyone hopes to find to win the “almond-gift”.


After dinner, everyone holds each others hands and walk around the tree, singing the Christmas songs, – and then, finally – the big moment for every child – the gifts.

candle on christmastree

Christmas is almost over, the following days are spend with the last Christmas lunches, waving goodbye to the nisser and get ready to celebrate new year.


Ris a la mande

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 29, 2013 12:30 am

    It looks very fun and important. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful holiday.

    • December 29, 2013 4:51 pm

      Thank you for your comment, cocomino. Christmas is a very important time of year for most people, some likes it and some likes it to be over, there is a lot of Work in buying presents, arranging everything, trying to create the “Christmas spirit”. Families have systems of how to spend equal time with both families, it could be by spending the evening every second year with the mothers Family and every second year with the fathers.

      • January 6, 2014 12:49 pm

        Thanks for sharing. I understood a lot. 😀

  2. December 29, 2013 12:10 pm

    Lovely! Thanks a lot for your entry!

    • December 29, 2013 4:45 pm

      It was fun to make, thank you for arranging this. I made a mistake when I posted the link at your webpage, – I´ll be happy if you would please remove the comment with that dead link. 🙂 Thank you.

  3. January 1, 2014 7:04 pm

    Thanks a lot for your contribution to our Christmas Photo Challenge! Have a look at the fabulous photos of Christmas traditions around the world we have managed to collect!

    Since you’ve joined the proud circle of our contributors, we invite you to use one of our HTML snippets on your website to tell your friends and followers about it 🙂

    Happy New Year!

    • January 1, 2014 7:15 pm

      Nice job, a good idea to make such Christmas overview. Thank you for the snippet, I hope it will send some of my readers your way. Happy new year. 🙂

  4. January 5, 2014 5:14 pm

    I love this post… Christmas in Denmark sounds wonderful!


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