Hey Gratisouls!! It’s already 23rd December and Christmas is just around the corner!! Being from the Hindu religion, we are not well aware of the cultural significance of this festival and how people celebrate Christmas around the globe?
I decided to invite a few guest bloggers from around the globe to let my audience be aware of the traditions of Christmas and how it is celebrated in different countries!!
Let’s welcome my first guest blogger in our Gratisoul Community, shall we?
Her name is Karalee Shotola and she is 26 years old. Karalee currently lives in Roskilde, Denmark, but she’s originally from Texas.
Let’s see how people in Denmark celebrate this beautiful festival!!
Danish Christmas Traditions with Karalee Shotola
After moving to Denmark from the US more than 3 years ago, I have experienced 3 Danish Christmases. And I wanted to share some Danish Christmas traditions with you.
Christmas Eve Dinner
Instead of celebrating Christmas on the 25th, most of the celebrations in Denmark are done on the 24th, Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve it is a tradition to have dinner with your family. In the US it is common to have a turkey dinner, but in Denmark duck is the meat of choice. Side dishes include boiled potatoes, caramelized potatoes, and pickled red cabbage. Tarteletter, which is a tartlet filled with chicken and asparagus in a white sauce, is also a popular dish that is eaten around this time.
Risalamande for Dessert
After dinner, it is common to have Risalamande for dessert, which is a rice pudding with almonds that is topped with a cherry sauce. It is a tradition that a whole almond will be placed in the bowl of Risalamande and whoever finds it wins a small gift like a box of chocolates or a movie theater gift card. When someone finds the whole almond, they are supposed to hide it until everyone is done eating.
Dancing Around the Christmas Tree
After eating dinner and dessert, a Danish tradition is to sing songs while holding hands with your family and dancing or walking around the Christmas tree. Families can receive songbooks from the Danish supermarkets, and they will sing a couple or all of the songs from the books. Several popular songs include “Højt fra træets grønne top” (translation: high from the green tree top), “Et barn er født I Bethlehem” (translation: a child was born in Bethlehem), and “Glade Jul” (translation: happy Christmas).
Once the family has finished dancing around the Christmas tree, it is time to open presents. Unlike in the US where presents are opened on Christmas Day morning, Danes open presents on Christmas Eve. It is a Danish tradition. One present at a time is selected from underneath the tree. It is then given to the giftee who unwraps it in front of their family.
I hope you enjoyed reading about these Danish Christmas traditions!
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