Dec 21

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The shortest day of the year is today Dec 21, with sun rise at 8:38 am  –  and sun set at 3:38. pm.

 

 

Dec 20

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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.

Dec 19

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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.

Dec 18

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Are there any Nisser at “Frederiksborg slot” this Christmas?

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Yes.

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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…

Dec 17

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G.F. Händel´s “Messias” performed in the old church, “Garnisons kirke” is one of the Christmas Tradition I enjoy very much.

 

Dec 16

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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,
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!

 

Dec 15

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Dec 14

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Prøv vores juleboller – “Try our Christmas buns” the bakers poster say. All right, you don´t need to ask twice, I like the Christmas pastry, containing raisins, candied peel (sukat) and other sweet things. The only complicated matter about a Christmas bun, is that it has to be renamed after Christmas.

Dec 13

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December 13 is the day for the Saint Lucy procession, and this song.