December 2nd: "Kalenderlys"
Good morning! Another wonderful December day has begun during the greatest time of year! Today I want to mention another Christmas tradition that has to do with counting down. "Kalenderlys". Kalenderlys translated to English means Calendar Candle. Which is obviously pretty self explanatory. Every day leading up to the 24 (yes we Danes celebrate Christmas in the evening on the 24th) you light the candle and as the candle melts the big day draws closer. This seems, to me, to be considered a must, in Danish households. It’s such a simple Christmas decoration that you light once a day (at least) and enjoy it's little light fill your home with coziness. When living at home, the candle would always be lit early in the morning while it was still dark and then once again right before and during dinner. This way we all got to enjoy it because those were the times that we were all collected together.
It's just such a simple, cozy decoration to add to your home, without really doing much. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some have stars on them, some have elves, some have hearts, some are white, some are red, there are endless options. Even this year when I went out to get myself my candle I actually had a hard time picking one out because there were so many beautiful options. When I was younger I sometimes got one of the candles with little elves on them sent over to me from Denmark, but this year I went with a more simplistic candle.
So get a kalenderlys this season, no matter where you are in the world. Whether you celebrate on the 24th or 25th or whether you celebrate a different celebration during this dark, chilly season, light a candle. It's incredibly cozy and it just gives this homey, happy, warm vibe to your home. :)
Happy December 2nd!
Don't forget to check back in tomorrow for the next Christmas Calendar Countdown to be posted!