Christmas is my favourite time of the year and it’s definitely the most Hygge time of the year. It’s the time of year we get together with loved ones to relax, share a good meal and each other’s company. There is just something so special about Christmas, the flickering ferry lights, decorating the Christmas tree, the feeling of love and joy that’s in the air.
Christmas is for everyone especially children as they look forward to that special visit by Santa himself. In preparation for the festive season I spend my time decorating my home and most importantly the Christmas tree, buying gifts, baking ginger bread cookies, and sprinkling the Christmas magic everywhere.
In my home we celebrate on Christmas Eve 24th December, on this day we gather all of our extended family together to enjoy a traditional Danish Christmas Eve feast. My menu for that night includes delicious roast pork, frikadeller (Danish meatballs), potatoes, picked cucumber salad, picked red cabbage salad and gravy.
For dessert it’s rice pudding served with chopped butter cubes and cinnamon sugar. The rice pudding is the dish everybody looks forward to, it’s a Danish tradition typically served before dinner but over the years we have decided to enjoy it as our dessert. The rice pudding is served in a bowl and handed out to everybody, a raw almond is placed at the bottom of one of the bowls and without anybody knowing which bowl it’s in everybody eats it until the almond is found. The person who finds the almond is expected to be the lucky winner and can expect good fortune for the year ahead. They also receive a small gift which is typically is a box of chocolate to congratulate them.
We normally sit around and enjoy the food, each other’s company and the live carols on television. Then at the end of the night gifts are ex-changed and everybody takes the time to give to each other. In Denmark they have a tradition to dance around the Christmas tree.
Wishing you all a Happy and safe Christmas!!!!