Merry Christmas!

December 24 is the big day, starting with the family dinner which in many homes are; roasted pork with crackling (mostly causing a little friendly fight, as there often are too little), red cabbage, sugar-browned potatoes,- and as dessert  a “ris a la mande” (rice boiled in milk with salt, then added whipped cream, sugar, vanilla,- and  a lot of chopped almonds, except for ONE whole almond. The finder of this one will recieve the “Almond-present”. After this dinner, the compulsory walk around the nice decorated tree, singing psalms and songs,- and then the big moment for all kids,- the gifts. Time for coffe and biscuits for the exhausted grown ups, wich now finaly get a chance to talk together, before they start trying to find out which gifts belong to whom, before everything is packed down and brought to the cars. Merry Christmas to everyone 🙂

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13 comments so far

  1. thedailyclick on

    Aww, this picture reminds me of my childhood, when we would stand in front of the Christmas tree and sing Christmas songs before we opened the gifts.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Birgitte!

    (Are those real candles on the tree?)

    • giiid on

      Yes, they are real, that is common. Electric lights are mostly used at trees that are turned on all day, at streets, hospitals and so on.

      • thedailyclick on

        I love real candles on Christmas trees! When I still lived at home with my parents (in Germany) we always had real candles, too. I really miss that now.

  2. Nye on

    Merry Christmas to you and your family giiid. That’s a lovely photo of a Danish Christmas Tradition, my daughter is counting down the day. 🙂

  3. dinesh on

    Hi 🙂
    Merry christmas to you too. As new year is on the way I’ll wish you later. 🙂
    ENJOY YOU DAY AHEAD.
    CHEEEEERS!!!

  4. uphilldowndale on

    Merry Christmas to you and yours, thank you for sharing with us your day. I like the sound of the pudding, I’ve never been fond of traditional English Christmas pudding 🙂

  5. Anjeanette on

    This is wonderful!! Merry Christmas! I love the way you set up this photograph. How neat to have real lights on your tree. We did one year when we were kids. I think it was too scary with small kids;)

  6. erikatakacs on

    There’s nothing like the smell of real burning candles on a real Christmas tree. Merry Christmas!

  7. cindydyer on

    Love the photo, Birgitte! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Today is my mom’s birthday–we’re all going out for a late lunch to celebrate.

    Cindy

    • giiid on

      Congratulations to your mother, Cindy!

  8. Scott Thomas Photography on

    A Merry Christmas to you, too. I have enjoyed learning about all your traditions and the food that goes with them. 🙂

  9. CheyAnne Sexton on

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
    What wonderful traditions. Love the whole almond.
    I was doing some wheatgrass linking and found a blog with some great info about the benefits of wheatgrass and since you had commented about looking it up I thought I’d pass it forward.
    http://naturessolution.wordpress.com/2009/07/05/wheat-grass-a-brief-history-of-cereal-grasses-pt-1/
    Hope your holidays were wonderful
    Peace n Abundance,
    CheyAnne

  10. isathreadsoflife on

    This is a wonderful picture and tradition. Your “riz à l’amande” sounds very much like our “riz au lait” (rice cooked in milk with vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar. But no “amande” in ours. And the joy to listen to the children’s Christmas poetry ! Lovely to be reminded of all this thanks to you, giiid.


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