My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar - 4 December

Welcome to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Join me every day in opening a new door. I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… So sit back, relax and enjoy!


I’ve started my own little Christmas tradition since arriving in Denmark in 1998. Whenever I write my Christmas cards - about 30 of them in all – I get all cosy and pour myself a little glass (or three…) of Kijafa. Danish cherry wine. It’s an excruciatingly sweet dessert wine/liqueur very much favoured by old ladies. And me ;)

Kijafa - skål!

You can also enjoy it with a plate of ris à l’amande – the rice pudding dessert that we eat on the 24th of December – the evening the Danes celebrate Christmas. And, yes, yes, don’t worry, the recipe for that will also be here on the Advent Calendar…

Kijafa and Christmas go hand in hand

For me, Kijafa is Christmas in a glass. It warms the cockles of my heart. And dulls my senses after the shock of buying postage stamps. (If you saw last year’s post Pass the smelling salts, I’m buying Danish stamps!, you’ll understand why I only send my cards second-class by B-post.)

Skål! And don’t forget to check back here tomorrow when we open the next door!

Diane :)