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