Christmas Traditions in Denmark
A Visit to Denmark in December
Denmark is a very charming place to be at Christmas time. 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.
Aabenraa, Denmark is decorated really lovely during the Christmas season.
See more images of Christmas at Aabenraa here: Christmas in Aabenraa
As in Germany, the Danish also have their own version of a mulled 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.
A very popular Danish town at Christmas is Tønder.
See more images of Christmas in Tønder here: Christmas in Tønder
Both towns below 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 images of European destinations at Christmas can be found at canyonsandmore.com