December 13

This video and its music is made by Danish composer Kåre Bjerkø.

“Julestue” (directly:Christmas-livingroom) is the name of a Christmas event made for friends and family with the purpose of having a cozy time together, bake cakes, play games, make decorations, sing songs or as you can see at this video of Julestue at my sister Tone´s home, make gingerbread.

One could almost call it a workshop, this tradition which is more than 1000 years old, originally made to keep folks awake before the midnight mass. Over the years, people invented several interesting games to play at “Julestuer” including drinking lots of beer, which made it all become such a great party that the king in 1683 decided to forbid all outrageous fun around Christmas.

It was a hard job to stop people having fun, so the next king had to make a new law in 1730, and yet another in 1735. I suppose the kings gave up, at least there are julestuer all over the little kingdom today.


4 comments so far

  1. Reggie on

    This was such a fun and colourful video – thank you for including it, Giiid. I didn’t know about this tradition, but it sounds quite wonderful! It must be so much fun to make a gingerbread house together with your friends and family.

  2. milkayphoto on

    How AWESOME is that?? A wonderful holiday traition and SUCH beautiful creativity! YUM!!

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