I'll be honest, as I always are with you, and say I didn't get the best start to the month of Christmas. It's always a month I look forward to, and there are a lot of reason to be happy right now.
None the less it's been a bit rough for me, and I've struggled to hit reset mentally. So this afternoon I sat down in front of the TV, put on a good show, found some paper strips, scissors and tape and got creative.
It's good exercise in mindfullness to become completely consumed by creating something, and I found it so enjoyable – even if it's more fun when you're doing it with other people.
I always love hearing about other people's Christmas traditions. Different countries have different traditions, but even in Denmark families always celebrate in their own unique way.
I wanted to share the traditions I love, what I always do around Christmas, and I'd love to hear your list!
My Christmas Traditions
- Calendar candles. Or Christmas candle lights. As far as I can tell (from my very quick googling), this is a fairly young Danish tradition. Every year, in school as well as home, we get a candle that count down the days until Christmas eve, and burn down one number a day.
- Putting up decorations. I even
stoleborrowed a few of my favorite nisser (elfs) from home
- The lights downtown. The cit center is so beautiful when all the lights are turned on.
- Watch Christmas movies. At least one. I'm not that big a fan of christmas movies, but in good company they're okay!
- Advent calendars. I usually get a chocolate one and a scratchcard one. Yum!
- Christmas calendars. I'm not watching any of the new ones this year, but The Julekalender is always hilarious!
- Peppernuts. To be honest I've been snacking on peppernødder since I saw them in the stores in November.
- The Christmas Eve feast. Food is unseperable from Christmas, and it's always delivious on Christmas eve – and it's also fun to get dressed up and have a good meal in good company.
- Exams. When you're at uni, preparing for exams in January is sadly an unavoidable part of Christmas.
- Buying presents. I'm so behind on this. I like giving gifts (who doesn't?!), but tend to stress about the money and whether they'll really like it.
- Baking cookies: We always have a big production of all kinds cookies in December, and I have many good memories of these days with my mom.
- Play Christmas music. Preferably so much even S will have to get into the Christmas spirit.
- Christmas presents. Seeing the happy face when giving, as well as receing just the thing you've been wishing for!
- Æbleskiver. Google translate tells me they're called apple slices, but they're even more delicious. I'm not even sure there's apples in them aside from the name.
- Create a wish list. I really need to send a list of my wishes to my family, they've been asking for a while!
- Confectionary. Our homemade kind never get that fancy, but it's fun to make, and as long as it has lots of chocolate, I'm in!
- Watching the Disney Christmas Show. Every afternoon on Christmas eve.
- Coconut balls. Aside from cookies, there's these coconut balls we make every year that are simply my favorite (the others don't like them so there's more for me!)
- Going skating. I love skating, especially on the ice rinks outside where you can really feel the christmas vibes (I'm just not sure it's a good idea with my body this year)
- Get and decorate a christmas tree. I'm not getting a tree for my own room, but my parents are. My siblings and I always decorate it on the morning of the 24th.
- Play LoTR risk. This is a family tradition in the days after Christmas where we sometimes have a boardgame tournament, or a full day of playing LoTR risk.
- Visit Tivoli. I've never seen it at Christmas time, but I'm going this year with S's family. It's supposed to be beautiful.
- Dance around the Christmas tree. When you think about it, it's such a weird thing to do (suddenly past cultures silly traditions doesn't seem as silly). But it's tradition, and it would be even weirder not to do it!
- Seeing my family. By now it's a couple of years since I moved away from home, but every December I can't wait to get home to my parents – because all traditions are more meaningful when we do them together.
What's your favorite Christmas traditions?