My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar - 23 December

Welcome back to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Every day this month I’ve shared Danish Christmas goodies with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… And tomorrow is the Big Day!

23 DECEMBER

Today it’s Lille Juleaften! Little Christmas Eve! We have friends coming over for our traditional Lille Juleaften dinner – which for our family consists of a side of smoked salmon, warm homemade bread, fresh veggies and salad, a selection of cheese and crackers and lots of lots and lots of konfekt (homemade sweets), biscuits and fruit. We’ll wash it down with Danish Christmas beer and white wine. And hyldeblomst saft (elderflower juice) for the kids.

Part of tonight's dinner

I’m also doing some last minute prep for The Big Day. Which means making the rice pudding for tomorrow’s ris à l’amande. According to my family, the risengrød (rice pudding) has to be made a day in advance and kept cool overnight (preferably in a cold cellar). Tomorrow we’ll add whipped cream, vanilla, sugar and serve it cold with hot cherry sauce…

First stage of ris à l'amande...

The mandelgaver (almond presents) of marcipan pigs are wrapped and ready and I’m putting them in the dining room, so we’re not running around looking for them at the last minute…

Mandelgaver

I’ve also looked out the Christmas songbooks, so we’re ready for the traditional singalong after dinner. And after we’ve sung some hymns and carols, we’ll sing and dance around our (real) Christmas tree - as is the tradition in Denmark. And then – and only then – can we open the presents!

Julens Sange!

Don’t forget to check back here tomorrow…when we open the final door!

Diane :)

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