Welcome to the final instalment of My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar!
The Big Day is finally here! Let's start with our lunch, which was fairly light - sild (marinated herring) and æggesalat (egg mayo)...
and varmt leverpostej med bacon og champignon (hot liver pâté with bacon and mushrooms). Washed down with julebryg!
After lunch we went to church. Or at least we tried to. Because when we got there, about 15 minutes before the third service of the day was to start - you guessed it! - there was no room left at the inn! ;-) The church had brought in extra seats but, alas, by that time it was standing room only... Which wasn't really an option for my DSM79 (Dear Scottish Mum, aged 79). Yep, that old chestnut about those crazy Danes never going to church except for the 24 December is truly alive and well! :)
So we came home and watched a church service on the telly. And then, after changing into our gladrags, it was suddenly 6pm and time to start dinner - consisting of duck with prunes and apple, red cabbage, caramelised potatoes and boiled potatoes, gravy and hot salted crisps.
And who won this year's mandelgave?
Ah, 'twas a ris à l'amande novice! Beginner's luck?
After dinner we danced round the Christmas tree. Very carefully. Lots of pressies under there, you see!
And then the kids started picking out gifts for us to open, one by one...
It took us - with short breaks for drinks and konfekt (homemade sweets) - about 2 hours! And then it was off to bed after a lovely long day...to wake up to a beautiful white blanket of snow on the morning of 25 December!
Terrific weather for vinterbadning (winterbathing/skinnydipping) in the Danish sea to celebrate...merry Christmas and God Jul!