December 24th: The Big Day

It's all been leading up to this big day. This wonderful, joyful, happy day. It's officially Christmas Eve!! It's 11 o'clock here in our little home in Mystic, CT and the day is in full swing. So much has already been done and we've only had our first cup of tea. We actually just got up from the couch from watching the Danish children's beloved tradition, the annual Disney's Christmas Show. It's a combination of the classic's, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and then following some of those episodes come clips from disney movies. Such as Cinderella, Pinocchio, Snow White, Lady and the Tramp, etc. I was totally entranced. If there is one thing I love more than Christmas time, it's Disney. Maybe it's the magic, maybe it's the happiness but I think it all comes down to the idea of being a child again. It's such a wonderful feeling. 

But back to the topic on hand. Today, being the last day of the julekalender and all, I wanted to share one last very important tradition that is celebrated throughout Danish households. This tradition is dancing around the Christmas tree. That may sound a little crazy to you, but at this point you shouldn't be surprised. It is a tradition that during every Christmas Eve at the time after dinner and before the presents, everyone gathers together around the Christmas tree. With hand in hand we all dance around the tree as we sing old Christmas songs. It is quite hilarious to experience how it all comes together and then eventually turn totally crazy by the end of it because of the songs. In my family we usually start with the slow, quiet songs which then get amped up into the more quick moving and upbeat songs. 

Here is a handful of songs that we select from when choosing what to sing, when we dance around the tree: 

For my family we always, without a doubt, sing "Højt fra træets grønne top", "Et barn er født i Betlehem" and of course "Nu' det jul igen". I've grown to appreciate this more as I am older now, but as a child, like most children, do not look forward to this part of the evening. You have waited so long and you are so close to finally opening all those beautiful presents but something always "stands in the way". And that is this dreadful dancing. That is how I would most likely have explained it to you 6/7 years ago. My brother is a good example, he is not happy about all this silly dancing and hasn't been for the past 4/5 years. But it's tradition. It's tradition and it will never ever NOT happen. 

But that's it folks. This is the last julekalender post for this year, but don't worry the blog doesn't stop here! There will be much more to come especially in the New Year! But for now, enjoy your holiday, spread love and cheer, hold your family close, and have a very Merry Christmas. 

With so much Christmas love, Camille :)