Thursday, December 31, 2009

Christmas with family

It has been a busy week here and I thought I'd share a bit of what we've been up to!

My parents arrived in Karup last Wednesday morning to experience their first Danish Christmas. We spent Christmas Eve at Ole's sister's house so that they could get a taste of the 'real' experience, complete with roast duck, pork roast, caramelized potatoes, and of course, rice pudding with a whole almond for one lucky recipient. We then did the traditional singing and dancing around the Christmas tree before dancing through the entire house singing 'Nu er det jul igen' (Now it is Christmas again). I did my best to teach the song to my parents as we rode in the car to the festivities and I think they did a pretty good job learning it!

Christmas day we did a more traditional 'American' Christmas here. We exchanged gifts and made a full turkey dinner. I actually made Ole wait until Christmas Day to get his gift, which was quite hard for him! Here are some pictures from our Christmas feast...

Once we were done eating, my father was assigned the duty of getting the remainder of meat from the turkey bones. This task was supervised VERY closely by a couple of four-legged detectives. Their job was to catch anything that accidentally 'slipped' from the counter...

My father is quite the dog lover, and the big brown eyes of these two meant that there were quite a few 'slips' during the process!

On Sunday we had a traditional 'Julefrokost' here with Ole's family. My mother-in-law did the parts that required actual cooking of anything traditional. She does these things much better than I ever could!

What a wonderful Christmas from start to finish. I hope yours was as Merry!


  1. I love that all the family was together!!! And your parents got to experience a real Danish Christmas!

  2. Sounds like a great mix of traditions! Hope you have a wonderful new year too!

  3. Looks like great fun! So wonderful that your parents were able to get a little taste of the Danish holidays!

  4. Sounds like you guys were STUFFED, after that two day Christmas!! Good stuff :-)

  5. I posted some NY pics - please note that my walls are the same color as yours. LOVE the brick touch, though. Looks like you had a lovely Christmas feast.

  6. It looks like you all had a wonderful time! Reading about all the food makes me very hungry!

  7. I just found your blog on LadyFi's comment section and thought I'd say, "Hi." I was born in Denmark and moved around Europe until 25, then married an American. I live in California. I do miss the Danish Christmas traditions. The flaeskesteg and rodkaal, etc.

  8. This is the first Christmas we did not have a Danish Christmas eve meal, we had gumbo. I made up for it by making Æbleskiver!


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