Off to Danish church? Don't forget your smartphone!

One of the things I love  about Denmark (stop me if you've heard this one before...) is the mixture of new and old. On the face of it, Denmark is a liberal, modern, forward thinking country. When you scratch the surface, you discover the Danes' deeply ingrained love of traditions. This morning I saw the new/old combo working in reverse.

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We were at church for a Harvest service...

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It was very traditional, so there were all the usual elements you'd expect. Beautiful displays at the church entrance.

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Inside the church there were candles and flower/grain decorations at the end of every pew... (Yes, there we go again with those ubiquitous candles!)

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When I went to church as a child in Scotland (on a side note, the Danish and Scottish church are very similar: they are both Lutheran), a large wooden plate would be passed around  halfway through the service at Collection time. You would put in your coins as it was handed along the pew. Ching, ching! Or a little brown envelope containing your donation. When the plate made it to the other end of the pew, it was then handed to the first person in the pew behind, and off it went again. And so on and so forth. Fast forward to 2016... Ain't nobody got time for that! ;-) These days you can make a donation on the way in, or on the way out. In our church, the collection box is fixed to the end of the first pew.

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Oh, but hang on a minute, we're in Denmark, right? Where most people don't carry small change or banknotes. You see, we hardly ever use cash: we use our bank cards or our phones to pay for things. Remember my post from 2014? Cash ain't King when you don't have a Crown? Never fear! The church has thought of everything! Did you notice the little sticker above the collection box? With the 'Mobile Pay' or 'Swipp' app on your smartphone, you simply type in your donation and press send.

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And, voilà, it's done! No more fiddling around, desperately looking for coins underneath the sofa cushions or in your Dad's coat pockets, before heading out to church. Less risk for the church of having the collection box stolen.

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Hallelujah! Have a super Sunday!

Diane :-)

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Danish autumn! More candles coming right up!

Welcome to Danish autumn! We officially started a couple of days ago (1 September) but autumn has been making its presence felt for a couple of weeks. And it's the usual story...first thing in the morning there is heavy dew on the grass outside and condensation on the windows inside. When I cycle down for my sea swim it's so c-c-cold on the bike ride that I'm already wearing my woolly scarf. But I have managed to resist the urge (at least so far...) to break out my woolly gloves and hat ;-)

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Sea temperature is beginning to fall slightly - around 15 degrees (59f).

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But then - selvfølgelig - by the time we reach the afternoon, it's all change and full steam ahead for the thermometer. The sun is shining from a cloudless, beautiful, blue sky and you start peeling off all the layers you put on a few hours earlier, swap your socks and shoes for some strappy sandals and then head down to the coast (like everyone else it seems) in an effort to cool off. Yes, you know you're in Denmark when it can prove difficult to find a parking space...for your bike!

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My friends and I were lamenting the end of Danish summer but trying to console ourselves with the thought off all that cosy, autumn Danish hygge that lies ahead. The apple cakes, the hot chocolate, the walks in the deer forest to gather chestnuts, the flickering candles. And then we stopped short. Because, um, well we actually light candles all year round. Even in high summer. Here I am in a restaurant with my son last week. Candles lit in the windows. Candles lit outside on the street. It was 25c (77f) that day!

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Those are my sunglasses in front of the candle on the table. Sunglasses and candles. Welcome to Denmark!

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Yes, yes, my friends and I said to ourselves. We're looking forward to Danish autumn and lighting even more candles!



Now where did I put those matches?

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Diane :-)