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Yule and Christmas in Denmark

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On Christmas in Denmark, mischievous elves called Julenisse can have their fun. These elves are said to live in lofts of old farmhouses and enjoy playing jokes. Julenisse wears woolen clothes, red bonnets, red stockings and white clogs. Families leave them bowl of rice pudding or porridge on Christmas Eve to keep their jokes within limits. In Denmark, Christmas Eve is a special time. Parents secretly decorate Christmas trees with home made wood and straw baubles. Danish Christmas Eve dinner begins with rice pudding that holds magic almond inside. Whoever finds almond receives a prize. By tradition, dinner is continue with goose, red cabbage and roast potatoes. After that, lots of pastries and cakes. The Danish tradition is Christmas plate. This was a tradition in the early days when rich Danes gave plates biscuits and fruit as presents to their servants. These plates were the nicest and best kind and were not used for everyday use, This is the reason why they become so collectable.

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Church visits

Scandinavian Christmas is a fun and lighthearted time where loved ones get together to ward off darker moods caused by months of darkness and cold. Nordic Christmas celebrations are usually brimming with all the traditional images of the holiday season. Chunky knitwear is everywhere, and people visit Yule markets all way up to the big event. Here are some quick facts that you might not know about Scandinavian Christmas traditions: animals are everywhere in Nordic Christmas: were not just talking reindeer either. The Christmas Goat, mentioned above, is the ultimate prankster, known for wreaking havoc on villages and punishing people without clean homes. The Christmas Goat isnt all bad, though hes also responsible for bringing gifts. Aside from goats, Scandinavian Christmas also has other animals too, like Jolakotturinn. Jolakotturinn is a Christmas Cat from Iceland with a habit of eating unhelpful and rude children. Yule Lads are huge characters: Yule Lads are another interesting tradition from the Nordic region. Each one has its own unique character, with one that loves yogurt, and another that is fond of licking spoons. It is definitely worth checking out the full story if youre looking for something interesting to tell your children about this year. Food is a big deal: Wondering, what do Scandinavians eat at Christmas? Well, there are a lot of options to choose from. Food is a huge deal in this region, with many Christmas-theme parties serving up boards full of foods like cold cuts, fish, and various sweet treats. Many restaurants and venues around Scandinavia even offer their own julbord menus to choose from, so you dont have to stay home to get into the festive spirit. Nords make ornaments out of straw: Scandinavian homes are often well-decorate for Christmas, with shiny baubles, candles, and various other shimmering objects to enjoy. However, youll also find lot of small ornaments made from straw. This act comes from a tradition that dates back to the Remembrance of Birds. Farmers from fall harvest usually leave bundles of wheat outside of their porches for birds to eat during winter. Offering straw meant that Swedes could deter birds from trying to get not their valuable grain stores. Trips to the Sauna are common: We mention above that Nordic Christmas often involves trip to the Sauna in Finland. However, in all parts of Scandinavia, you can book a fun trip to the Sauna before your festive celebrations. Saunas are a great way to purify and relax after all the stress of Christmas shopping. Its common for a cup of porridge or treat from the festive table to go back to Sauna with Finnish families, as a gift to Saunatonttu, Sauna elf. Glogg is a must-have: Every region across Scandinavia has its own form of traditional alcohol drink for the Christmas season. Usually referred to as Glogg, biggest Nordic Christmas drink features cloves and cinnamon, as well as vodka, bourbon, brandy, or aquavit depending on what you have handy.

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Christmas lunches

Throughout the Yule period, range of Yule dinners or lunches are arrange. Before December 24, most workplaces, unions, schools, football teams, or extended groups of friends arrange Julefrokost Yule Lunch, but sometimes they are delayed until January. This typically involves plenty of food and alcohol, and often takes place on Friday or Saturday night. After December 24, usually on Christmas Day and Second Day of Christmas, which are public holidays, extended families arrange family Family Yule Lunch. This usually involves more food, and takes place from noon until evening. The average Dane usually attends three to four julefrokoster and one or two families during July. A Typical Yule Lunch involves lots of beer and snaps. It begins with a variety of seafood dishes; open face sandwiches with pickled herring, shrimps and deep fried plaice filet with Danish remoulade. Sometimes gravlax or smoked salmon and smoked eel are offered as well. Pickle herring comes in many varieties, with white, red, curry and fried pickled herrings as the most common options, and it is served exclusively on rugbrod, special Danish rye bread, based on sourdough and whole grains. Next will be a variety of warm and cold meats, such as fried sausages, fried meatballs, boiled ham, liver pate and fried pork, served with red or green braised cabbage dishes. Desserts are usually cheeses, fruit mostly orange, clementine and mandarin and risalamande, special rice dessert associated with Christmas. From time to time, someone calls out skal to make toast, and everyone stops eating to take drink. Normally, everyone takes public transportation to event, to avoid alcohol related traffic accidents on the way home from these parties.

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Christmas confectionery and sweet treats

If you find yourself in Denmark during the last week of June, you'll most likely run into a bunch of teenagers wearing our iconic student cap. These teens have just graduated high school, and for following weeks, white caps seem to be everywhere you go. There are a lot of different rules of what to write and cut into caps, and if you stop one of the graduates, they're usually more than willing to explain them all to you. One of the most traditional ways to celebrate ones high school graduation is hard not to miss. During last weekend in June, streets were filled with large, decorated trucks in which graduates stopped by each of their classmates' houses for something to eat and drink.

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Christmas Calendars

Denmark has adopted and expanded the German tradition of Advent calendars. It is common to have Julekalender Yule calendars that mark all days from December 1 until December 24. They are often made of cardboard with pictures or treats such as chocolate. They come in various forms, whether home-make or manufactured and can contain innocent stories of Yule, or might even be scratchcards. Popular version is gavekalender gift calendar. These can either function as Julekalender marking all 24 days up to Yule Eve with gift for each day or they can function as Advent calendars marking four Sundays of Advent instead with gift for each Sunday. A special Danish calendar tradition started by DR in 1962 consists of broadcasting TV shows with exactly 24 episodes, one each day up to Yule Eve. Tradition has become very popular and every major network now has TV calendars during the Christmas period, whether original productions or TV shows. The tradition of TV calendars has also been adopted by other Scandinavian countries.

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Other traditions

J-dag is an abbreviation for julebrygsdag. J-Day was introduced by Danish brewery Tuborg in 1990 to launch that year's Christmas beer and has since become a Danish tradition that more or less kicks off the Christmas season in Denmark. J-Day falls on the first Friday of November every year, and starts at 8: 59 PM. Over time, J-Day has become a Danish Christmas tradition celebrated in bars and pubs around the country. You can easily join in the festivities, but it might be good to remember that these Christmas beers have a higher percentage of alcohol than regular pilsners.

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Easter and spring festivals

Because Easter is a moving holiday, it sometimes falls in March when Denmark is still quite chilly, and sometimes in late April, when bright Danish spring is already well underway. Whatever weather, Easter week is the traditional opening of Tivoli, beloved amusement park in downtown Copenhagen, which dates from 1843. Danish families usually get together for a big Easter lunch that lasts all afternoon. Traditions such as painting hard-boil eggs in Easter colours, going on egg hunts, and rolling eggs downhill are popular among children and adults alike. The Spring holiday calendar in Denmark also includes Whitsunday and Pentecost, as well as Great Prayer Day-holiday celebrated only in Denmark. These are days off work when many shops are close, but they have few special traditions surrounding them. Most Danes use them as a chance to escape to their summerhouses in the countryside. May 1, International Worker's Day, is a partial holiday in Denmark. People in the trade union movement may have day off work, but most businesses are open. Another partial holiday is Danish Constitution Day, on June 5. Few businesses close part of the day, but most are open and Denmark generally does not hold parades or other festivities to mark the day. However, Danish embassies and missions abroad often invite their local counterparts and local Danish community to social events highlighting Danish values such as democracy, equality and human rights.

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