Dec 24 is the big day that every one has been waiting for, of several reasons. The children obviously because of all the gifts which will be delivered by Santa Claus or just the giver after the Christmas dinner.
Let me show you some photos of other reasons to look forward to the evening, “Flæskesteg, brunede kartofler, rødkål and Ris a la manede” the traditional Christmas dinner.
The “flæskesvær” pork rinds MUST be very crispy, otherwise the dinner is seen as half failed. I imagine that one of the top seach words at Google around dinnertime, at a level close to cause a server break down, could be “how to make crispy pork rinds”.
Small boiled potatoes on a very warm pan, in a mix of sugar and butter. it is not exactly easy to make, but most of all, very very hot, and a “go away children” project, demanding concentration.
Red salad MUST be like mother used to make it.
Ris a la mande MUST even more be like mother used to make it. This can be a matter of discussion, since there in most families will be two old mothers-recipe to refer to.
There is 1 almond in the bowl, and though that most guests have eaten enough before the dessert, everyone start the big search, in the hope to find the almond, and get the gift, “Mandelgaven”.
Thank you for following my December Christmas calendar, which I made again this year because some of you other bloggerstold me that you enjoyed to see it.
Thank you also for the many likes and nice comments you wrote. It all made the dark December and Christmastime a bit more joyful,
I wish you a very Merry Christmas.
“Ris a la mande”. The Christmas dinner dessert. Cream is sold out in every shop.
Not everyone likes this traditional dessert, but I think most people likes the game wich follow, the search for the one and only almond. The winner gets a present, but it is not good behavior to announce that it has been found, before all the Ris a la mande has been eaten.
Christmas confectionery, – marzipan, nougat, dates, and melted chocolate.
The shortest day of the year is today Dec 21, with sun rise at 8:38 am – and sun set at 3:38. pm.
It´s time for making the braided Christmas hearts, to decorate the Christmas Tree. They can be made in numerous of variations, big, small, any color and creative pattern.
No Christmas without ÆBLESKIVER – “apple slices” with jam and powdered sugar. If not made from scratch in a special apple slice pan, then just frozen, ready to be warmed in the oven.
Are there any Nisser at “Frederiksborg slot” this Christmas?
Nicely placed in the fountain, which for the moment are covered with branches from pine trees instead of water. He has a lamp in his hand, – ready to guide you in the dark. A very friendly Nisse, – but of course, he is living at a castle. Nothing to complain about.
This “Neptun fountain” is by the way a copy, because the original fountain was stolen by Swedish troops in 1659…quite remarkable it is, stealing a fountain of this size. Perhaps this Nisse in reality is more likely a guard nisse…
G.F. Händel´s “Messias” performed in the old church, “Garnisons kirke” is one of the Christmas Tradition I enjoy very much.
Risengrød – Ricepudding. Food for Nisser.
One of the songs we can sing when dancing around the Christmas tree, is telling about a Nisse who sits at the loft, with his ricepudding. The (nice) rats want to eat it too, so he has to defend his bowl of food with his big spoon. This song is clearly not as holy as one would expect at such an evening, I agree, but all children love to sing it, and happy children are a good way to keep the Christmas spirit awake.
Usually the song is chosen as one of the last to sing, when the level of seriousity has been practiced long enough.
Google translate and me, made this translation to give you an idea about the text:
På loftet sidder nissen med sin julegrød
On the loft sits Nisse with his Christmas porridge,
his Christmas porridge so good and sweet,
He nods, and he eats, and he is so happy
for Christmas porridge is his favorite food.
But all around him are all the little rats,
they watch and they watch:
“We want some Christmas goodies,”
and they dance, dance around the ring.
But nisse father he threatens with his big spoon
“Now get away
I want (to eat) my Christmas porridge in silence,
and I wont share it with anyone. ”
But the rats jump, and dance,
they look at the porridge, and then stops
and stand close to the nisse in a circle.
But nisse father he’s an angry stopper
and with his body he makes a jump:
“I’ll get the cat, if you don´t stop,
when the cat comes, this will ‘stop. ”
Then all the rats become so scared
oh so scared, oh so scared,
they turn around and dance a few times,
and one, two, three, they are gone!