En Dansk Jul
December 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Twas the Night Before Christmas, in Denmark an American girl found herself
…I am no poet, so that is as far as my poem goes
Merry Christmas from Denmark!
I got the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Christ in my new home, Denmark. I spent the day with my good friend Kathy and her Danish host family.
Enjoy the photo narrative of a wonderful Dansk Jul (Danish Christmas)!
Hoping for a white Christmas, but a beautiful sunny day we got.
Its been awhile since I felt the sun’s warmth!
Before church we relaxed while drinking coffee and eating æbleskiver. I got full before the feast had even begun!
Æbleskiver (Danish meaning apple slices (singular:æbleskive)) are traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere. Somewhat similar in texture to Americanpancakes crossed with a popover, Æbleskiver are solid like a pancake but light and fluffy like a popover. The English language spelling is usually aebleskiver or ebleskiver.
Christmas photos with Kathy and her host-sister Iza under the Christmas tree in our homemade Nisse hats
Nisse is the mischievous Danish elf that plays pranks on people. Nisse often lives in old farmhouses and wears gray woolen clothes, red bonnet and stockings and white clogs. As a good elf, Nisse generally helps people on the farms and is good with children but plays jokes during the holiday season. On Christmas Eve in Denmark, many families leave a bowl of rice pudding or porridge for him so that he is friendly to them and keeps his jokes within limits.
Brita and Iza, my adopted Danish host-mom and sister. Brita calls me her ‘weekend-kid’
After church Uncle Poul lights the tree…yes, with REAL candles! Watch out fire code.
Our very Danish Jultræ all lit up!
Time for the gift-game. We played a card game that made us act like fools in return for gag-gifts. Brita waiting in anticipation…
As the youngest of the game, I was given the responsibility of making a lot of decision in the game. So mischievous!
Auntie Lis showing off her newly won crown and light-up ornament. She enjoyed her queen-status.
Time for food! Traditional caramelized potatoes, turkey and pork. Its Denmark so we eat…meat, meat, meat!
After dinner we opened presents, sang some Christmas carols (in Danish so I hummed along), watched a movie and then crashed from our sugar highs.
I definitely missed my own family, traditions and food but this was an unforgettable Christmas itself. I am excited to go home and share some Danish traditions with those in California. Everyone back home, get ready for a Danish-American hybrid Christmas next year!
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6