NewsLetter & Tourism Information - Christmas & New Year - December - 2017 - Copenhagen & Denmark

Christmas and New Year in Denmark and Copenhagen - 2017
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It's Christmas Time in Copenhagen & Denmark
 
Special Christmas & New Year Edition - 2017
From all of Us to all of You - wishing everyone online viewing this special December 2017 - Christmas Edition about the fabulous and traditional Holy Christmas Holidays in Denmark - a Merry Christmas and an Happy New Year - as well as a great tribute and greetings to all of the homesick Danes abroad missing their precious Christmas Dinner - Christmas Tree - Christmas Candy - Christmas Presents - Christmas "Flæskesteg" - Christmas "Risengrød" with the secret Almond - but most of all celebrating Christmas without their loving families - and the cosy "Hyggelig" Danish Christmas traditions!
 
 
 
Christmas in Denmark
 
Tivoli at Christmas time
Tivoli at Christmas time in the heart of Copenhagen with thousands of spectacular lights and decorations. © 
 
 
Christmas Time in Denmark...
Christmas in Denmark has been celebrated for centuries and is a long yearly tradition that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ - just like in other western cultures. Christmas in Danish is called - "Jul" - and the Christmas celebrations has been known since the introduction of Christianity in Denmark for more than 1000 years ago by King Harald Bluetooth. In Denmark Christmas eve is celebrated on the 24th of December - where everyone enjoys the traditional Christian holiday festival - and when one and all gets their presents and dance around the Christmas tree - after eaten a great feat of food like delicious Roasted Pork (Flæskesteg) and Rice Pudding (Risengrød). The Danes just love and adore their Christmas - and Danish children are more than excited up to Christmas Eve - year after year!
 
Christmas Snow on Christmas Eve
 
Let it Snow!
There has only been a white Christmas 7 times since year 1900 in Denmark.

Let it Snow in Denmark...

Snow on Christmas Day in Denmark
It’s seldom that Denmark can offer snowy weather on Christmas Day - and according to statistics there has only been a white Christmas 7 times since year 1900. The chance of having a white Christmas in Denmark or Copenhagen is 7% - or more likely every 15th year.


Let it Snow! - Let It Snow! - Let It Snow!
To get our web users in a real Christmas mood - we have found a genuine version - of the song called Let it Snow! - Let It Snow! - Let It Snow! performed by Kylie Minogue & Rod Stewart.

Let It Snow
 
Traditions up to Christmas Eve
 
Christmas in Copenhagen...
Copenhagen shops and department stores already start decorating their windows for the Christmas season in the mid of November. In the beginning of December one can experience the hustle and bustle of the sparkling garlanded shopper-filled streets - as well as the illuminated Christmas tree with its many lights spreading joy over the Town Hall Square together with miles of spectacular fairy lights and light chains shinning in Tivoli - which is a part of the traditional holiday spirit and activities.
 
The Traditional "Town Hall" Christmas Tree
The Christmas Tree sparkling at the Town Hall Square. The first Christmas tree was lit here in 1914 - and the tradition has lasted for over a century.
The Pedestrian Street "Strøget"
The world's longest pedestrian street "Strøget" is decorated for Christmas and illuminated with thousand of glittering lights and ornaments.
 
The Big Christmas Tree at the Town Hall Square...
In December and during Christmas time - it’s a great tradition for children and parents to visit the huge Christmas tree at the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen. The highest tree once displayed exceeded about 40 metres - and was the highest in Scandinavia. The first Christmas tree on the Town Hall Square was raised in 1914 - and since - it has been an everlasting tradition and event at Christmas for Copenhageners and visitors.
 
 
Christmas Markets & Events all over Copenhagen
Join the Copenhageners Celebrating Christmas
 
Christmas Markets in Town
There are many Christmas Markets spread all over Copenhagen during the month of November - and one of the largest is at "Kongens Nytorv".
Christmas Markets & Events all over Copenhagen
There are many Christmas Markets spread all over Copenhagen during the month of December - where the Copenhageners are loading up for their Christmas activities and the traditional celebration of Christmas in December. The Christmas events around the city will be a pleasant mixture of choirs singing Danish Christmas Carols - Christmas Brass bands entertaining - Christmas Concerts - Christmas Amusements for children and families - and the longest pedestrian street in the world “Strøget” will be decorated and lit up for Christmas together with all the historical Churches placed around the town - as well as open air eateries and food stands serving delicious Danish Christmas goodies. Santa Claus will be present in the major Departments Stores and also handing out cookies and sweets to all passing by. The major Christmas Markets will be placed at “Kongens Nytorv” - “Nyhavn” - “Town Hall Square” - "Nytorv" - “Christiania” and “Tivoli”. (Admission required at Tivoli) Even the joyful Salvation Army will start to sing Christmas Carols if you don’t donate some funds in their colleting cans.

Many Christmas Events are spread all over Copenhagen - as well as special entertainments and shows.

Event Calendar

 
 
"Julebryg & Snebajer"
Special Christmas Brew & strong Christmas Beer
 
Christmas Beer
The traditional J-Day is celebrated in Denmark - when the first strong Christmas Beer - called "Julebryg" arrives!

J-Day - and Christmas Beer...
As mentioned in our newsletter for November - J-day is celebrated among Christmas beer lovers all over Denmark - as both Carlsberg and Tuborg - as well as other Danish Breweries introduced their special brewed Christmas Beer called - Julebryg - which is only sold at Christmas time -
and is the talk of the town. J-day (Julebrygdag) - is a must for beer enthusiast that wants to celebrate and drink this fresh brewed strong Christmas beer up to the happy Xmas holidays.

The Christmas Brew is a bit darker and stronger than the normal brewed beer - and the thirsty beer lovers can’t wait to taste the new sturdy brew with nearly 6% alcohol. It is a great event - and cultural happening - when the first heavy Christmas beer is launched in Copenhagen - and you may experience that Santa will hand out free samples from his special old horse drawn wagon. The first brewed Christmas beer in Denmark was in 1920 - and was a sweet type of household beer. The present Christmas beers "Julebryg" (Christmas Brew) was brewed for the first time by Tuborg at Christmas in 1980 - and called "Snebajer" (Snow Pint).

 
 
Celebrating Saint Lucia at Christmas in Denmark
Accompanied by the Santa Lucia song
 
Lucia Day at Christmas Time...
The tradition of celebrating Saint Lucia in Denmark originates from southern Sweden - and is honoured and celebrated annually on 13th December. The total darkness of the Lucia early morning is broken by the glow of the Lucia figure dressed in a flowing gown of white and afire with a wreath of candles upon her head. The Lucia bride - as she is known is a creature of goodness and light. She is a shining angel illuminating the way to the Christmas season all over Scandinavia.

However - it is popularly associated with a legend of a white-clad maiden - wearing a crown of burning candles. She appeared bringing food to starving villagers during a time of famine. Ever since - she has been associated with light. A lucky girl dressed in a long white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles leads the procession

The Lucia celebration originates from the Middle Ages - when December 13th was the longest night of the year according to the Julian calendar. Today - the Lucia tradition is played out most often in the schools - churches - institutions and places of work before the dawn.

The Santa Lucia song is a traditional Neapolitan song - and was published at Naples in 1849. In Denmark the "Santa Lucia" song has been given Danish lyrics to accommodate it to the winter-light festival of Saint Lucy - at the darkest time of the year.

The first Lucia procession - with a white candle bride - was celebrated on December 13. 1944 in the darkest period of the year - and during the darkest period in Danish history - when the Nazi regime occupied Denmark.

Celebrating Saint Lucia

The Lucia procession is always on December 13. and accompanied with the Santa Lucia song.
The Lucia bride is a shining angel illuminating the way to the Holy Christmas season all over Scandinavia.
 
 
Christmas Decorations & Danish Christmas Traditions
 
Christmas Decorations
Almost every public square - bustling street and buildings are decorated at Christmas time - as well as public areas and shopping venues - where different types of spectacular and very colourful Christmas decorations are presented every year - and has been a traditional event for generations - and the Christmas lights are illuminated in towns and cities all over Denmark.
The Advent Wreath
The Advent Wreath with 4 candles placed in a round Christmas decoration - will be lit each Advent Sunday up to Christmas Eve. This is a great Christmas tradition - and a Christian practice symbolising the four week of Advent - up to December 24 - and Christmas Eve - where the Danes celebrate Christmas and dance around their decorated Christmas tree.
 
Advent and the special Candle Wreath...
Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day and celebrates the Nativity of Jesus Christ. In Danish homes the Advent season starts either making or buying an Advent Wreath - which is often decorated with leaves - bows and spruce cones on top of the ring of green twigs - where four candles are placed to be lit on the four Advent Sundays before Christmas Eve.
 
 
Christmas Candle
The traditional 24-day Danish Christmas Candle was introduced in Denmark in 1942.
Christmas Calendar Candle...

The decorated Christmas Calendar Candle with 24 days printed on the side of the candle - was presented by the Danish candle light manufacture Asp-Holmblad in 1942.

The 24 day calendar candle is traditionally lit in almost every Danish home every day - which makes the count-down to Christmas Eve faster - especially for the many excited children that are waiting patiently to pack up their gifts on the 24th of December.
 
 
Christmas Window Calendar...
The Christmas Calendar can be a paper or cardboard calendar with 24 windows with sweets chocolate - candy or a calendar with presents - small gifts that will be opened every day up to Christmas Eve from the 1st of December.

The gift calendar tradition was first introduced in Denmark around 1932.
Today one will also find the Christmas Calendar as a scratch card with 24 fields to be scratched - and a lot of prizes to be won up to Christmas Eve on the 24th of December.

It is also very common to make your own personal Christmas Calendar with small gifts for every day from December 1st - until Christmas December 24th. The excited children start counting down the days until Christmas by receiving and opening a present for each day – while they look forward in great anticipation to follow the traditional TV Christmas series - which is divided into 24 episodes each year up to Christmas Eve - “Juleaftensdag”.
Christmas Calendar
The Christmas tradition opening the 24 day Christmas Calendar with small presents started around 1932.
 


The World's first Christmas Seal
Over 4 million were sold in the first year of 1904 - at 2 øre per seal
 
The World's first Christmas Seal - "Julemærke"...

The world's first Christmas Seal
The world’s first Christmas Seal “Julemærke” was published in Denmark at Christmas i
n 1904 - portraying the Danish Queen Louise of Denmark and printed with the word “Julen” - 1904. Over 4 million were sold in the first year at 2 øre per seal. (There is 100 øre to every 1.00 kroner.)

Tuberculosis and child welfare
The Christmas Seal are labels placed on mail and cards beside the original stamp during the Christmas season to raise funds and awareness for charitable programs. During the following years enough money was raised in Denmark to develop a fund that could build a Christmas Seal Sanatorium in Kolding for children associated with lung diseases such as tuberculosis and child welfare. The Sanatorium was inaugurated in 1911 - as an operating convalescent home to combat tuberculosis and especially to help sick children with this terrible lung disease.

The Christmas Seal Fund
The Christmas Seal Committee - known as the Christmas Seal Fund “Julemærkefonden” - decided to put all future collected funds to use in building new Christmas Seal Sanatorium’s - and operating convalescent homes for children - all over Denmark.

Christmas Seals help unfortunate children in Denmark
Tuberculosis was the scourge in the early 1900s - but today psychological and social problems are the main causes of poor health of children. And unfortunately there is still a need for the Christmas Seals and the Christmas Seal Homes to help improve the lives of unfortunate children in Denmark.
A stay at a Christmas Seal home offers children some breathing space from their everyday problems. The stay is very important in a child’s life - both at the time of residence and in the years to come. Currently there are approximately 400 children waiting to stay at a Christmas Seal Homes.

Free of charge
Last year nearly 800 girls and boys enjoyed a stay at one of the Danish Christmas Seal Homes - where they recover from the stresses and strains that often result from troubles at home and school. Staying at a Christmas Seal Home and boarding School is free of charge for parents - who generally go home with a happier and healthier child after a 10-week period spent in a peaceful - secure environment.

There are 4 Christmas Seal Homes and Boarding Schools
The are 4 fully operating Christmas Seal Homes in Denmark that is financed by the income from the sale of the annual Christmas Seals. All four houses and boarding Schools are situated in beautiful natural surroundings in Skælskør (Christmas Seal Home -Skælskør) - Ølsted (Christmas Seal Home - Kildemose) near Frederiksværk - Hobro (Christmas Seal Home - Hobro) and Kollund. (Christmas Seal Homes - Fjordmark)

The Danish Queen and The Christmas Seals
In 1970 and 2003 the Danish Queen Margrethe draw and designed the Christmas Seals - and the Queen is also known as a quite creative artist - who also created the 2015 Christmas Seal.

"The Feast of the Hearts".
The Seal form 2003 was called "The Feast of the Hearts". The signature "M" on the seal stands for Margrethe.

Buy a Christmas Seal - 2017

If you are in Denmark or Copenhagen in November or December - and want to support a great cause or the idea behind the Christmas Seal Homes and convalescing institutions - then it is easy to buy some extra Christmas Seals stamps at the post office and put them on your cards - letters or other type of postal material.
A stamp booklet with 10 Christmas Seals 2017 - costs only DKK 25.00,- - and 30 Christmas Seals costs only DKK 60.00,-.

The Patron
The Danish Crown Princess Mary is the Patron of The Christmas Seal Foundation.



First "Christmas Seal"
The world's first Christmas Seal was Danish - and printed in 1904 - portraying the Danish Queen Louise of Denmark.
 
In 1970 - 2003 and 2015 - the Danish Queen Margrethe designed the Christmas Seals.
 
The Christmas Seal from 1945 - when Denmark was liberated after World War II.
 
One of the 4 Christmas Seal Homes in Denmark called "Kildemose" located in north Sealand.
 
The Christmas Seal 2017
The Christmas Seal 2017 - "Julemærke" portraying different motifs from a genuine "Nisse" farm with a lot of active Danish Christmas "Nisser".

 
 
 
The beloved Marzipan Pig at Christmas Time
 
 
The Indispensable Marzipan Pig at Christmas...

Sweet marzipan confectionery
Creating and eating the Marzipan Pig at Christmas time has been a great tradition for Danes - especially in the rural areas of Denmark - where hand made sweets and confectionery was a common activity before Christmas - and where home made candy was often used as a gift for Christmas. Later on the marzipan pig won broad acceptance in the cities - where mainly bakeries at Christmas time produced and sold the marzipan pigs.

This sweet marzipan confectionery - which is made from sugar and crushed blanched almonds - appeared in Denmark around the 1850s from Germany - and has up to our time been a preferred sweet especially for Christmas. The Marzipan Pig symbolized wealth and prosperity - but also a good luck symbol for the new year to come.

The raw marzipan was often shaped and painted into stunning and colourful Marzipan fruits - which also was served and enjoyed at Christmas time.


Roasted pork with crispy pork cracklings
The real and live pig has for generations always been the most popular animal among the livestocks on farms and homesteads in Denmark - and also known for its delicious meat - which make the Danes - the most pork eating people in the world - and one of the world’s largest exporters of pigs and industrial pork based products. The Danes no. 1 favourite dish for Christmas Eve is also tasty roasted pork with crispy pork cracklings - together with roasted duck. Read further down this page.

Marzipan Pig
The Marzipan Pig is a "must" at Christmas time in Denmark - and has been a great tradition to create and eat at Christmas.
 
Marzipan & Peppernuts
Hand moulded marzipan decoration with Peppernuts (pebernødder) on the Danish Christmas Tree for the joy and celebration of Christmas.
 
 
 
 
"Nisser"
"Nisser" - are cute little busybodies - who are here there and everywhere during Christmas Time
 
 
The Danish "Nisser"
The Danish "Nisser" visited Denmark for the first time around 1830s - and has since been a popular and always-welcome guest and symbol in Danish homes and all around Denmark - where Christmas is celebrated - and is a must decorated Christmas figure that spreads joy and happiness all over Denmark.
Traditional Christmas with "Nisser"...

In Danish homes - institutions - private companies - schools - restaurants etc. - everyone is busy decorating for Christmas with all sorts of items related to the Danish Christmas traditions like paper hearts made of red and white paper symbolising the Danish flag - paper cones - mobile angels - twigs - and most of all the small red dressed midget’s - Nisser - a type of mini size elf’s - who lives on the ceiling (loft) and only eats rise pudding. The Danish "Nisser" are cute little busybodies - who are here there and everywhere during Christmas Time.

You will find the Nisse-men and Nisse-woman plus all the Nisse-children hanging all over the place - and they only stay for the Christmas season. The ”Julenisse” Christmas-Nisse was invented around the 1830s - and has since visited Denmark and Danish homes - institutions and workplaces plus many other areas in Denmark every Christmas.
 
 
 
 
Christmas Food and Beverages & hefty "Gløgg"
"Gløgg" is a potent kind of tasty fire water - that provide blushing red cheeks
 
Traditional Christmas Food and Beverages...
Up to Christmas Eve - when dining out - the Danes are traditionally served the classic cold Danish buffet and the special rice pudding called Ris Á L'amande together with special brewed Christmas beer and snaps. At home a lot of Christmas baking is prepared like brown ginger biscuits - pepper cookies with cinnamon and - klejner - deep fried twisted bread as well as the special tasted - æbleskiver - apple slices - a sort of spherical pancakes with a similar texture as normal pancakes. The “Æbelskiver” is normally consumed together with warm "Gløgg" - which is a potent and popular kind of fire water - especially prepared for Christmas.

"Gløgg"
The Gløgg-drink is served hot - and is a must during friends and family gatherings at Christmas time to create a warm and cosy atmosphere. The main classic ingredients are red wine - sugar - spices such as cinnamon - cardamom - ginger - cloves - bitter orange and various kind of nuts and large raisins. Optionally also stronger spirits such as vodka - snaps or brandy can be mixed in this tasty Christmas drink. The Gløgg-drink is heated to 60-70 °C before serving - and served with flat brown ginger biscuits. "Gløgg" has a very high alcohol procent - and leaves the "Gløgg" drinker with blushing red cheeks - which is quite nessasary in the cold Christmas mount. The "Gløgg-drink is heated to 60-70 °C before serving - and is traditionally served with flat brown ginger biscuits. "Gløgg" has a very high alcohol percent - and leaves the "Gløgg" drinker with blushing red cheeks - which is quite necessary during the cold Christmas month.
The Gløgg-drink
"Gløgg" is a potent kind of tasty fire water especially prepared for Christmas with snaps and other alcoholic beverages.
 
 
"Æbleskiver" & the Great Danish Christmas Buffet
Danish speciality and tradition served at Christmas
 
"Æbleskiver"
"Æbleskiver" - apple slices is a sort of spherical pancakes and a Danish speciality treat at Christmas - often served with Scandinavian mulled wine and mild fire water called “Gløgg”.
 
The great Danish Christmas Buffet
The Cold and great Danish Christmas Buffet with all sorts of meat specialities and cold cuts that makes the reader diet the rest of the year - is also a very popular family get -together event.
 
 
Delicious Aebleskiver - "Lækre Æbleskiver"
How to prepare and make "Delicious Æbleskiver" - roughly translated - Apple Slices!
"Æbleskiver" - Plain Recipes and Ingredients - 20-25 "Æbleskiver".

2 cups all-purpose or cake flour - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 3-4 large eggs - 2 cups buttermilk - vanilla flavoring - powdered sugar. Fried the "æbleskiver" in butter - margarine or lard. (pork fat)

The small round pancakes that is prepared and eaten throughout Denmark at Christmastime - is a delicious “must” and treat during the Christmas month. Aebleskiver (Æbleskiver) are fried and formed in a special pan that allows the batter to be shaped into a perfect round ball.
 
 
 
 
 
Traditional Danish Christmas Biscuits
Classic selection of Danish Biscuits and Cookies served at Christmas
 
Vaniljekranse
"Vaniljekranse" or butter cookies with a crispy taste of vanilla - and almonds.
Klejner
“Klejner”- twisted soft pastry fritted in lard with a scent of cardamom.
Pebernødder
“Pebernødder” are small peppery and crunchy cookies - “pepper nuts”.
Brunkager
“Brunkager” or brown crisp gingerbread - added brown sugar and nuts.
Kanelkager
“Kanelkager” or spicy cinemon biscits with spices - syrup and nuts.
 
 
Traditional Christmas Dinner
The "must" roasted pork with crispy cracklings - "Flæskesteg med svær"
 
Traditional Christmas Dinner...
On Christmas Eve - December 24th - the traditional Christmas dinner courses are either roasted pork with crispy cracklings or roasted duck with a very crisp skin. The dish is served with white and brown caramelised potatoes together with sour-sweet red cabbage - and heavy brown baked-up gravy. For dessert - the creamy
rise pudding - Ris à l’amande - is served - where one almond is put in the pudding - and the person who gets the almond receives an extra Christmas present.

See Danish Food Culture
 
Snaps - Beer and Herring
A must at any Christmas table in Denmark on the first and second day of Christmas is strong Snaps - dark Beer and pickled Herring.
Traditional roasted pork - Flæskesteg
Traditional Christmas dinner - and the Danes favourite dish at Christmas. Roasted Pork with crispy crackling - sour-sweet red cabbage - caramelised and white potatoes - thick brown gravy.
Ris à l’amande
The special creamy rise pudding called - Ris à l’amande - is a "must" dessert on Christmas Eve - with an almond hidden in the dish.
 
The ordinary recipes for Ris Á L'amande - Danish "Risengrød"
- 8 cups milk - 1-1/2 cups uncooked medium grain rice - 3/4 cup sugar -1 teaspoon salt -1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted - 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract - 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream-whipped - 1 can (21 ounces) cherry or raspberry sauce.

How to prepare and make Ris Á L'amande

In a large heavy saucepan - combine the milk - rice - sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat - simmer - uncovered - for 35-40 minutes or until slightly thickened - stirring frequently. Remove from the heat - transfer to a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Just before serving - stir in chopped almonds and extract. Fold in whipped cream. Use either cherry or raspberry sauce as topping.

It's a Danish Christmas tradition to put and hide a whole pealed almond in the creamy rice pudding (Risengrød) - an
d the person who gets the almond receives an extra Christmas present.
 
 
Christmas Carols and Songs
"Højt fra træets grønne top" - is a "must" song to sing - when dancing around the Christmas Tree
 
Danish Christmas Carols and Songs...
Here are a handful of popular old and new Danish Christmas carols and songs - on video - that the Danes sing joyfully during the Christmas holidays or - when dancing around the decorated Christmas tree. Even though you don’t understand the lyrics - then lean back and enjoy the graceful hymns and happy music that the Danes sing when celebrating their Christian Ceremony at Christmas.
 
N.S.F. Grundtvig
Det kimer nu til julefest - 1817
Det kimer nu til julefest
(The Bells are Chiming for the Christmas festival) written in 1817 by the Danish national icon - Lutheran pastor and hymn-writer N.S.F. Grundtvig - and performed by DR Choirs and Sankt Annæ Symfoniorkester.
See Video
Gitte Hænning
3 popular Danish Christmas songs.
Popular Christmas songs
"Kender I den om Rudolf2 - "På loftet sidder nissen med sin julegrød" and "Nu det jul igen" - performed by the talented Danish singer and film actress Gitte Hænning - who started her career 8 years old.

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The 10 most Popular Danish Christmas Songs
The 10 most popular Danish Christmas Songs - sung during Christmas time and - when the Danes dance around the Christmas Tree on Christmas Eve:

1. Højt fra træets grønne top - 2. Glade jul, dejlige jul - 3. Et barn er født i Bethlehem - 4. Det kimer nu til julefest - 5. Dejlig er den himmel blå - 6. Dejlig er jorden - 7. Julen har bragt velsignet bud - 8. Nu er det jul igen - 9. På loftet sidder nissen med sin julegrød - 10. Juletræet med sin pynt.
 
Christmas Eve Services & the Red Paper Hearts
The Danes celebrated the Birth of Jesus Christ & decorate with Red Christmas Hearts
 
The Birth of Jesus Christ
Christmas is the time when the Christian Majority in Denmark celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Church-goers flock by the thousands to attend the popular Christmas Eve Masses before celebrating Christmas Evening.
Danish Christmas Carols
At Christmas time a lot of activities and concerts are arranged around Copenhagen - and in Denmark - where all the traditional Danish Christmas Carols are sung among Christmas decorations and a joyful audience.
The Red Paper Hearts
The red paper hearts hanging on the Christmas tree is a must - when decorating the tree. The hearts was invented by fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. The hearts symbolises the colours of the Danish flag.
 
Christmas Tree and Gifts
Christmas Eve - is celebrated in Denmark on December 24th
 
Christmas Tree and Gifts... (Juletræ og Gaver)
On Christmas Eve - December 24th - the decorated Christmas tree (Juletræ) is lit - often with real candles - and all the presents are stored under the tree. It is a custom that everyone after dinner dances around the Christmas tree - and sings all the old traditional Christmas songs and carols. After this ceremony - the gifts are dispersed and unpacked. Normally Christmas Eve lasts to about 12:00 midnight. The traditional Danish Christmas tree with the Star of Bethlehem on the top - is a Christian symbol that celebrates the birth of Christ - all over Denmark - which also is a part of the Danish Cultural Heritage and History - and has been it for generations.

The first Christmas tree in Denmark
The first Christmas tree is lit on 24 December eve 1808 - and the tradition to incorporate the lit tree with a star on top to symbol the shining star over Bethlehem - and the birth of Jesus Christ was the first step to connect the lit Christmas tree with the Danish Christian Culture.
 
The Traditional Danish Christmas Tree
The traditional Danish Christmas tree with the Star of Bethlehem on the top - is a Christian symbol. The first Christmas tree was decorated and lit around 1808 in Copenhagen - as a gesture to celebrate the birth of Christ - and is also a part of the Danes cultural upbringing and Christian background.
A typical Danish Church at Christmas
A typical Danish Church - Rørvig Kirke from 1250 - dressed in white snow - and ready to welcome the entire congregation and parish to the Christmas Eve Service to celebrate the birth of Christ. All Christmas carols and holy hymns are sung joyfully at this special Christmas service - which last for nearly an hour. Photo - Ingrid Brandt.
 
 
 
Christmas Preparations
A true family tradition at Christmas time
 
Selecting Christmas Tree
It's a great tradition for the Danes every year in December to find and select their Christmas tree - and is also much fun and excitement for children and families to choose the one that fits exactly to their needs and home.
 
Dancing around the Christmas Tree
When the Christmas tree has been placed and decorated - it's also a joyful event for children and grown-ups to dance and sing the cheerful Danish Christmas songs around the Christmas tree - which has been a great tradition for generations.
 
Christmas Decorations
All around Denmark Christmas decorations are being prepared and made for the upcoming Christmas time and holidays.
Passionate Christmas Preparations in November and December...

Selecting the right Christmas tree to worship Christ - and celebrate Danish Christmas tradition


Selecting the Danish Christmas tree

Selecting the right Christmas tree (Juletræ) in Denmark at Christmas time in November and December is a great passion for the entire family - and feelings run deep - when it comes to selecting the ideal Christmas tree.

The perfect Christmas tree
It’s a great tradition among the Danes to use some time in the month of December - and for lovers of Christmas traditions too - it’s a must to find the perfect Christmas tree - whether it's pine - fir or spruce - a real Christmas tree is always better than that most grievous of yuletide follies - plastic.

The blissful fragrance of Christmas
For some - only a traditional pine or fir will do. Others could care less about looks - opting instead for a tree that will fill the house with the blissful fragrance of Christmas. And let’s not leave out the sentimentalists - those Christmas lover types with the power to nurture a few scruffy tufts of greenery into something lush.

Dance and sing around the Christmas Tree
Whatever the preference - for Danes and Christmas enthusiast celebrating this holy seasonal tradition - one thing is almost certain - the tree symbolizes the birth of Christ with the Star of Bethlehem on the top - and is a part of the Danes cultural upbringing and Christian background - and has been it for generations. And it's certainly a a joyful event for children and grown-ups to dance and sing the cheerful Danish Christmas songs around the Christmas Tree - which has been a great tradition for generations.



Christmas Decorrations
All around Denmark - and as a special kick-off for celebrating the upcoming Christmas months - at kindergartens - schools - nursing homes - institutions and in every Danish home - all Danes are happily busy preparing and making Christmas decorations – which has been a great tradition for generations. And the cosy “hyggelig” family gathering and get-together preparations - with a lot of Christmas cookies and other tasty Christmas cakes that are served - while cutting and making Christmas decorations like flags - garlands - paper hearts - Advent wreath plus a lot of other traditional Christmas festoons to decorate walls and the traditional Christmas Tree. Especially children and grownups have quite an enjoyable interval during the Christmas preparation time - while this dark period are lit up by candles around Danish homes - and the lovely Christmas occasion and holidays is an event every Danes is looking forward to every year.
Danish Christmas Trees
The Danes are European champions to cultivate and produce Christmas trees
 
Danish Christmas Trees
Every year the Danes produce and sell over 15 million Christmas trees. And of these 80 % is exported.
Facts and info about the Danish Christmas trees:

The Danes are European champions to cultivate and produce Christmas trees:
- Every year the Danes produce and sell over 15 million Christmas trees
- 36 tons of Nobilis Fir and Nordmann Fir - plus 10 tons of Spruce - Pine and greenery
- 80 % is exported abroad to - Germany - England - France - Holland - Norway and Sweden
- 20 % Christmas trees is for our home market
- The most popular tree sort selected and used in Denmark for Christmas is Nordmann Fir
 
 
Christmas Days
Especially - "anden juledag" - is family gatherings and a food feast with beer and snaps
 
The Christmas eating feasts
First and second Christmas day are eating feasts - where you must stuff yourself.
First and second Christmas day...
It’s a custom that people and families visits each other on December 25th and 26th - which is called the first and second Christmas day. (Første og anden juledag) On these occasions you are invited to eat the leftovers from Christmas Eve together with the so called cold buffet with different types of herring - salmon - shrimps - fried fish filet with remoulade - liver paste and paté - duck - roasted chicken - fried large sausage etc. - and then end up eating different kinds of desserts and cheese with different types of bread and butter. Beer and snaps are the backbone of this special Christmas buffet.

"Første og anden juledag"
These two Christmas days are really eating treats and drinking feasts in Denmark - where you stuff yourself after one has tasted everything on the table - and the eating tradition originates from the country kitchen - where there always were loads of food and plenty to drink.
 
 
 
New Year in Denmark
 
 
 
 
New Years Eve...(Nytårsaften)
 
Danish - Kransekage
On New Years Eve and when the Town Hall Bells Strike 12 - the special Danish - Kransekage - is served with Champaign. The cake is made of raw marzipan and decorated with glazed sugar.
New Years Eve...(Nytårsaften)
Like in all other metropolis and everywhere else in the world - New year is celebrated - as well as in Copenhagen too - and the Copenhageners just love to have fun on New Years Eve (Nytårsaften). The entire capital becomes alive and vibrant after HM Queen Margrethe has given her speech to the nation that is broadcasted at 6 PM on radio and television.

Many private parties start their New Years Evening at various hotels and restaurants that offer extravagant dinner menus - as well as live music and entertainment.

At midnight - when the Town Hall Clock strikes 12 - Copenhagen is lit up by spectacular fireworks and everyone wishes each other happy New Year - while drinking Champaign - and munch through a special Danish sweet cake called - Kransekage - which is made of raw marzipan and glazed sugar.
 
New Year celebrated in Copenhagen (Nytårsaften)
Like others capitals - New Year is celebrated in Copenhagen with fabulous fireworks that lights up the entire city - when the sound of the Town Hall Tower Bells chime over Copenhagen on the strike of twelve. Photo - Luniks.
 
 
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December - 2017
Christian Holy Days - Public Holidays
December 24 - 25 - 26 are Holy Days or Public Holidays in December - 2017.

January 1st. - 2018 - New year’s Day is a public holiday.

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