My husband’s grandmother was from Denmark and even though she lived here in the USA for many years, the family still carries on touches of Danish traditions, especially for Christmas. This year, I decided that we’d have a Danish Christmas on the Homestead.
As usual, this time of year has been crazy busy, and it’s not looking like it’s going to slow down any time soon. For the most part, our Danish Christmas means the Christmas tree is themed. I’m hoping to do a few more things before Christmas, but we’ll see.
The easiest part of our Christmas tree was deciding to do all “natural,” red, and white ornaments. I sorted through what we had and we hung them up. This year’s tree is a real tree, a real Alaskan Christmas tree we went out and found in the woods. It’s a bit “Charlie Brown”ish, but that’s pretty typical for up here. Nothing beats that smell. Our rustic burlap tree skirt from last year matches perfectly.
No, it’s not real, but this is one of my favorite ornaments.
I did mange to knit up a few ornaments, albeit not nearly as many as I wanted or had planned. I’m learning to “Fair Isle” knit and loving the look! I found this pattern for free on Ravelry.com, one of my favorite sites.
On one side there’s a star…
And on the other side, two reindeer.
A very typical Danish tradition for many holidays is to decorate with bunting that looks like the Danish flag. I know I could have taken the easy route and printed out paper ones, but I found this pattern, also free on Ravelry, and decided to knit up a more lasting version. I’m hoping to add to it over the years so it will be long enough for the whole tree. I did change up my version a little, just to make it a bit more basic.
Most of our presents are already bought and wrapped (A record for me!). We themed our paper, either wrapped in brown paper with pretty Christmas ribbons or in festive red and white paper to match the tree. One of the main Danish traditions that the hubby’s family celebrated, was opening the presents on Christmas Eve and the stockings on Christmas morning. I’m all about opening presents early, so that works just fine for me!
I inherited a set of cookie cutters from my grandma years ago, which I have never used, but after researching Danish Christmases, I realized they are for a modern Kransekake. The traditional versions are usually marzipan rings and are often served at Scandinavian weddings and Christmases. This modern version is a star shaped cookie, stacked and decorated to form a Christmas tree. I’m waiting until we’re a little closer to Christmas to make ours.
The Pickled Herring shows the traditional version along with a yummy looking recipe for the modern version. I’m aiming high and hoping to make her Rice Pudding for me and the Cardamom bread for the hubby. We’ll see.
I’m also hoping to whip up some tasty Ebelskivers Christmas morning, just enough to tide us over until we head to my parents’ for Christmas with the family. These fun little popable pancakes are so good and can be filled with all kinds of yummy things. I fill ours with homemade jams or ham and cheese. My ebelskiver cast iron pan is one of my favorite cast iron pans.
I would love to hear some of your family Christmas traditions! Comment below with yours!
Have a Merry Christmas!