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Christmas tree in Denmark
Christmas in Denmark is celebrated on the night of December 24-25, but the festive atmosphere is already set at the beginning of December, and pervades it all.
During the festive period, everything around reminds the Danes of the approach of a miracle. Preparation for the holiday begins on the first Friday of November. The inscription God Jul appears everywhere, which is displayed in all shopping centers, in transport, on the streets and shop windows: in all public places. Jul is Danish for Christmas, literally translated as a turn or a wheel. Throughout the city, as in private homes, they hang traditional garlands, flashing lights, balls, tinsel and other toys. Danish cities are becoming one big holiday.
In many Danish families on December 1, it is customary to hang a special Christmas calendar, which is a box with 24 windows, one for each pre-holiday day in December, and a gift is hidden in each window. Children open one window every day and receive a coveted gift. On the last day, 24, something special is being prepared.
Candles on tree
Four Sundays before Christmas, another pre-holiday custom starts: lighting candles. Every Sunday from there, until Christmas, one candle is added. On Christmas night, candles are placed on the table and on the windowsill, where they act as a guiding star.
Danes cannot be called a very religious people, even on Christmas there are not very many people in churches, but the church here is also a state institution.
On December 24 and 25, all Danes sit down at festive tables in their cozy apartments, so it's hard to meet anyone on the street. Shops are closed and everything needed (gifts, food) is prepared in advance. Christmas is celebrated here with the family, a festive table is set on which baked pork, turkey or duck are always present. Herring is also placed on the table, and rice is served as a dessert. An interesting custom is associated with it: one almond is placed in it, and the one who gets it becomes the king of the evening.
In the center of the hall there are gifts, and round dances and singing of Christmas songs, the texts of which express words of gratitude for the past year and wishes for the next, become a favorite family entertainment. It is worth noting the beauty of Danish Christmas trees: they are very fluffy and large. True, they do not stay in apartments for a long time, already on December 25, the Danes are in a hurry to get rid of the green beauties.
As for giving gifts, children in Denmark usually know that the main Christmas gifts are made by their parents, and children have the opportunity to ask what they want in their notes in advance. Santa Claus makes children happy with small surprises every day during the holiday season.
One of the most significant Christmas characters in Denmark is the gnome. He is analogous to our brownie. At Christmas, a spoonful of porridge is brought to his attic, coaxing him thereby to take care of the harvest in the new year and to guard the home from all adversity. Of course, it is customary to buy gnome figurines for Christmas, and new ones every year.
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Topic: How Christmas is celebrated and celebrated in Denmark. Christmas traditions in Denmark.