Around the beginning of December I wrote a bit about how Danes in general celebrate Christmas. Today I want to share how we celebrate a Danish/British Christmas in our family. Every second year we have been celebrating Christmas in the UK with my husband’s family and every second year in Denmark with my family. But we try to do some of the same things and create our own Christmas traditions.
It all begins on the 23rd December where we decorate the Christmas tree and eat rice porage, in Denmark at least. In the UK the tree is already decorated when we arrive and I just make a small portion of rice porage for the Danish rice pudding, ris a la mande for the 24th.
On the 24th in the evening we aleays eat traditional Danish Christmas duck with caramelized potatoes, red cabbage and loads of other yummy stuff, whether we are in Denmark or the UK. In the UK I am in charge og this, where as in Denmark I don’t have anything to do with the cooking on the 24th.
After dinner on the 24th we all dance around the tree and then go and sit in the lounge and chat and open presents. This is one of my favourite parts of Christmas eve (which is the main Christmas event in Denmark). This part of Christmas eve is also the most difficult to recreate in the UK. We try by opening our Danish presents this evening and Skyping with the Danish family.
Of course the 25th is Christmas for my husband and we also try to do the stocking thing in the morning when in Denmark. However this is also difficult to recreate in Denmark. This year we are going to make more of an effort because I want my two year old daughter to get the best of both Christmases. So we also have her Christmas sack, made by my mother-in-law ready with her presents from the British family.
When in Denmark John is in charge of the British Christmas meal. This year we found a turkey (not easy in Denmark). We have our own additions. Instead of a Christmas pudding (which I detest) I make a sticky toffee pudding with custard and caramel sauce. John also makes Yorkshire pudding for the main course.
Both out families have really taken to these new and different traditions. The British family love the ris a la mande dessert with the hidden almond game and the Danish family love the British Christmas dinner. It all fits well together and it gets easier to make our own traditions with our daughter.
What are your special Christmas traditions like? That is if you celebrate Christmas. And if you do have a very Merry Christmas
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