Woop, woop – it’s here! 24 December and we are ready to say “God Jul!”
I started off the day – as I do most mornings – with a skinny dip in the Danish North Sea. The weather was been extremely mild this December, with an average air temperature of 6c (42f) and water temperature 3c (37f). Here we are...fresh out of the refreshing, cold water!
We'll probably have a fairly light lunch of various sild (pickled herrings) and tarteletter, followed by the æbleskiver (Danish Christmas donuts) my husband made, and some gløgg (Danish mulled wine).
Christmas in Denmark officially starts around 6pm on the 24th of December with dinner...
Our dinner is always roast duck, warm red cabbage, a fresh red cabbage and carrot slaw, caramelised potatoes, boiled potatoes, warm potato crisps and lots of yummy sovs (gravy).
Dessert – as tradition dictates – is ris à l’amande (cold rice pudding with hot cherry sauce). Who's going to find the almond and win the marcipan pig? It's anyone's guess!
Anyway, on to the main event of the evening for the kids...the present opening! Um - no - hold on! We have to dance round the tree first! Yep, we all join hands and dance and sing around the Christmas tree. Normally we sing “Nu er det jul igen!“, “Jingle Bells” and “Højt fra træets grønne top!”
And then the presents can be opened! One at a time, slowly, at random. So that everybody can see who got what from whom. Which makes for a loooooooong process. For us, it usually takes about two hours…
And - hey - thank you for joining me for my Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! I hope you've enjoyed reading about those crazy Danes and their fantastic month long Christmas...
God Jul! Merry Christmas!