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Christmas in Denmark, December 24

December 25, 2014

Pork rind flæskesteg

glazed potatoes brune kartoffler

rice pudding ris a la mande


Christmas dinner can be:  pork, duck, goose or turkey. With pork comes pork rinds, called “flæskesvær” which must be very crispy to make the dinner a succes! Warm red  cabbage, glazed potatoes, and a lot of brown sauce. As dessert – rice pudding containing lots of almonds in pieces and one whole – (the finder receive a gift), served with warm cherry sauce. After dinner it is time for walk around the Christmas tree, singing Christmas songs and psalms, while holding hands. The final song could be the one where everyone while holds each others hand runs through the entire house, singing “Nu er det jul igen…” (once again it is Christmas)

Finally all the presents which have been lying under the tree are being given, and the children start playing with whatever they have got, while the grown ups get a nice cup of coffee and a little cognac.

Merry Christmas!


Recipe Ris a la mande

Recipe Red cabbage

Recipe Caramelized potatoe

From the Swedish film Fanny and Alexander, “Nu er det jul igen” dance



6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 25, 2014 8:30 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious, Birgitte; my tummy’s rumbling just looking at the pictures. 🙂

  2. Charlotte permalink
    December 26, 2014 5:45 am

    That’s exactly as I remember it Gitte, except our kirsebærsovs (cherry sauce) was room temperature. I will try warm next year, I bet it’s delicious. The person who got the whole almond always kept quiet for as long as he or she could, hiding then almond in their mouth so the rest would keep eating in the hopes that they would get the almond. When the children were small, the adults all conspired to make sure one of the kids got the almond.

    • December 26, 2014 4:05 pm

      The competition about finding the almond is surely a serious matter, which demands rules and control. Families have different rules about the procedure, but everyone agree that the finder keep silent, until all the ris ala mande bowl is empty. At this point, when most guests almost have got stomach ache, there will be a energy discussion and lots of guessing about who the winner is, and usually also a lot of friendly protesting from the losers.
      The traditional gift is a marzipan pig with a red ribbon, as you know. Perhaps you got one?

  3. December 29, 2014 7:49 pm

    Lovely post Birgitte, it brought back some very old memories. Do you still do the carols around the Christmas tree? The last time I remember doing that was in my Mormor’s house in Svendborg in 1971!

    • January 3, 2015 4:51 pm

      Oh yes, absolutely. To sing carols and walk around the tree is a must. There are small song books, if someone have forgotten the words, or they just hummm while others sing. It can take some time before next step, because everyone have a favorite they want to sing. A hard time for the excited children, who waits to get their presents as soon as the singing has ended. Perhaps you remember this too? 🙂

  4. January 3, 2015 6:04 pm

    Not sure, but I definitely remember the carols… and the snow and cold… and caramelised potatoes… and the mandelgave. It was lovely!

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