5 Danish holiday traditions to make Christmas last a whole month


When my mother recently came over from Denmark to visit me in London, she had with her 24 numbered, individually wrapped presents. 

They’re just small things and trinkets, I can tell from squeezing the parcels. And I know, because she’s given me a set of 24 presents like these every year for many years. She took over the task  from the nisse, a goblin-like creature from Danish folklore. Until I reached my teenage years and lost my ability to suspend disbelief, it was the nisse who laid out a present for me each morning in December (so nice of my mother to relieve the poor creature of his duty.) These little gifts are called kalendergaveror calendar presents. Read more…

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