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Christmas Traditions in Denmark

On the 24th of December, the Danish celebrate Lillejulaften which is a small fest with acquantences, friends and neighbors. All join to decorate the tree with typical Danish ornaments out of straw or wood. The Danish decorate traditionally in a natural look and the colors of red and white dominate their Christmas decorations. Next to the tree the Jul-Bock (translated: straw goat) protects the family from evil spirits.

The Danish also have some lovely Christmas markets. Click the links below to discover how they look.

As in Germany, the Danish also have their own version of the wine punch called Glögg to keep them warm in the cold winter season. Glögg seems a bit sweeter than the Glühwein and is very tasty!

Julefrokost is a popular pre-Christmas tradition in Denmark. Friends meet to enjoy a buffet of cold cuts and alcohol. On Christmas Day and the day after, the Julefrokost also gets celebrated around noon with a much more variety of food such as fish, meatballs, salads and cheese.

The kids anxiously await the arrival of Julemand, the Danish version of Father Christmas.

Christmas in Aabenraa

Aabenraa, Denmark is decorated really lovely during the Christmas season.  Click here to see pictures of Christmas in Aabenraa >>>

Christmas in Tonder

Probably the most popular Danish town at Christmas is Tønder. Click here to see pictures of Christmas in Tønder >>>

Both towns are close to each other so it is possible to see each of them in the same day. We visited Tønder during the first half of the day and then Aabenraa later that afternoon.

More Danish Christmas Markets
Denmark is a very charming place to be at Christmas time. See some of its popular markets if you are visiting.

Here you will find an English language site full of information and links to Christmas markets in Denmark.
Christmas in Denmark

Christmas Window in Denmark

This image was made in Tønder, Denmark. The windows are kept traditional and decorated with red and white paper ornaments.

Danish Craft - Nisse Plant Stick

This cute plant stick was bought from a Danish Christmas market and is “Nisse”: A Danish folklore character.

 

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Christmas Traditions in France

On the website Joyeux-Noel.com you will find information all about how Christmas is celebrated in France and about French Christmas traditions and crafts.

This website culture.gouv.fr which has an English language version, explains about French Christmas tradtions in France and Canada.

If you are looking for French crafts and baking recipes, you can find many ideas on the website vivenoel.com.

 

 

 

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Christmas in London, England

London never gets tiring and especially around the holidays, the whole city is so festively decorated and lively and bustling with tourists from all over who want to capture the experience. Just seeing the street decorations and lighting on Regent Street, Carnaby Street, Bond Street and Oxford Street are are already reason enough to at least spend a weekend in the city. Especially at night, the wow factor is definitely there. The major stores windows on the high street and the side streets are all  joyfully decorated in sometimes modern and other times more traditional colors of the season. In traditional stores like Hamleys Toy Store or Liberty you are sure to find something special for everyone you want to get a special gift for.

Store Window at Hamleys Toy Store in London
Store Window at Hamleys Toy Store in London

Christmas Door in London at the Sherlock Holmes Museum
Christmas Door in London at the Sherlock Holmes Museum

Christmas in London
These images show evening images of Christmas street lighting and other festive highlights of the lovely city of London.

Christmas in Europe
Christmas in Germany - Here you will also find more images of Christmas markets and how Christmas is celebrated in Germany.

 

 

 

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How to Say Your Holiday Greetings in Other Languages

English: Merry Christmas
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
French: Joyeux Noel
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Portugiesish: Boas Festas
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest, Vrolyke Kerstmis
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Scotch Gaellic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Swedish: God Jul
Norwegian: Gledelig Jul
Finnish: Hyvää Joulua
Danish: Glaedelig Jul
Italian: Buon Natale
Greek: Kala Christougenna
Hungarian: Kellermes Karacsonyiunnepeket
Polish: Wesolych Swiat
Chech: Prejeme Vam Vesele
Slovakian: Sretan Bozic
Yugoslavian: Cestitamo Bozic
Romanian: Sarbatori vesele
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Ukranian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym

 

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Christmas Traditions in Germany

Read here about how Christmas is celebrated in Germany.

 

 

 

Christmas Markets in Germany
Each market has its own individual charm, whether it being a big city market or a small town market.

Dresden Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets of Dresden, Germany

Dresden Striezelmarkt Christmas Market 100

The “Striezelmarkt” Christmas Market in Dresden, Germany

Hamburg Christmas Market

The Christmas Market in Hamburg, Germany

Lübeck Christmas Market

The Lübeck Christmas Market in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Rostock Christmas Market

The Rostock Christmas Market in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Lüneburg Christmas Market

The Lüneburg Christmas Market in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony), Germany

Christmas Market in Eutin, Germany

The Eutin Castle Christmas Market in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Pronstorf Christmas Market

The Pronstorf Christmas Market in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Traventhal Christmas Market

The Traventhal Advent and Christmas Market in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

 

 

 

Other Christmas Markets in Germany
Here you will find actual dates and locations of the most popular Christmas markets in Germany. The page language is in German.

Christmas Markets in Europe - Here you will find an actual schedule and locations of Christmas markets found in Europe (excluding Germany). The page language is in German.

 

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Christmas Traditions in Sweden

Christmas season in Sweden begins around the first Advent when homes, streets and shops get traditionally decorated in the colors and symbols of the holiday.

The 13th of December, St. Lucia Day, also known as the day of lights, is a very important holiday in Sweden. Tradition has it that St. Lucia protected Sweden from hunger and suffering. Since then, it is a day of celebration and parades in Sweden. Typical for this holiday is that the girls wear white robes and a crown of candles on their heads and the boys are also dressed in white. Normally the oldest daughter of the house takes this role.

As in other European countries, the freshly cut Christmas tree first gets put up and decorated on the 23rd of December. Christmas Eve is the most important day and is a day for the family to be together. When the evening approaches and it is dark outside, all enjoy a delicious buffet of  fish, ham, potatoes and other goodies together . Later, the children anxiously await the arrival of Christmas Tomte (Swedish Father Christmas)  with his helpers who bring them their gifts.

The 13th of January is the final day of the Christmas season. It is called St. Knut Day and is the day when the Christmas trees get taken down.

Christmas in Stockholm
Find more information Christmas in Stockholm tells you about the Christmas celebration in the capitol city of Sweden.

Glowing Candle

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Inspirational Christmas Decorating Ideas and Crafts From Around the World

Each country has its own unique style and the crafts and decorations are all so inspirational. These projects are in foreign languages so you may need to use a translating tool if you wish to read the tutorials.

Pretty Paper Snowflakes from Italy
Nothing says winter more than snowflakes and you can follow this illustrated step-by-step tutorial to make your own.

Adorable Christmas Gnomes From Holland
These hand painted terracotta cones are too cute and add such cheer to the holidays.

Three Magi Kings Created With Paper Tubes in the Language of Catalan)
Paper tubes left over from the kitchen or from gift wrapping are painted and embellished into the three magi kings of Christmas.

Minipepperkakehus (Gingerbread Houses) and Gingerbread Window Decorations From Norway
How cute are these?! Her decorating style and ideas are so charming!

Perler Bead Snowflakes From Denmark
Get the kids involved and create tons of snowflakes to hang either on the tree or in the window during the winter months.

Woolen Wall Christmas Tree From Holland
This is a clever and wonderful way to hang special ornaments and cards and other Christmas decorations.

Cheerful Paper Stars From Sweden
Such lively colors were used to make these pretty stars and give them such a friendly look to them.

Recycled Bottle Snowflakes From Hungary
You will be drinking more water just so you can craft one of these lovely snowflakes from the used bottle!

Download These Adorable Gift Tags From Sweden
These tags will add a sweet touch to your Christmas packages this year.

Soft Christmas Trees on a Wood Drift from Norway
How charming are these decorations? Her idea of adding the fabric trees onto the wood drifts is unique and has a great natural look to it.

Stick Christmas Tree from France
We love the simplicity and natural look of this charming tree. What a cute decoration for the home during the holidays.

Wooden Noel Mantel Letters from Finland
The combination of white and natural tones give this Christmas decoration a soft, cozy look.

Charming Christmas Centerpieces from Bulgaria
She added natural materials such as bark or moss to her candles in the glass holder to give them such a hansome and natural look to them. 

Balloon Snowmen Craft from the Netherlands
Imagine this adorable snowman family on your front porch this winter! It is created using paper maché and balloons!

Gorgeous Table Setting from Sweden
What a simple and yet very elegant wintery decoration!

Absolutely Adorable Gingerbread Ornaments from Lithuania
These gingerbread figures are so decorated with love and much too pretty to eat!

Pretty Lace Embellished Votives from Turkey
These romantic looking votives are just so dainty, delicate and easy to make.

Traditional Ideas From Norway
If you do not like a lot of glitter at Christmas but rather a charming and natural country look, then you will find lots of lovely decorations here.

Lovely View Out of a Window in Sweden
The beautiful decoration in front of the window perfectly fits to the snow covered landscape around the author’s home.

Recycled Paper Roll Wreath From Hungary
This wreath looks so pretty and is really simple to make. She has a well illustrated tutorial so if you don’t understand Hungarian, it is still easy to follow.

 

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