Ask any Dane and they’ll tell you that Christmas is undoubtedly the most hygge time of year. For us, it’s a month-long excuse to celebrate all we love about life, to spoil ourselves without guilt and to come together with friends and family to show them how much they mean to us. It’s what December was made for. So bring a dusting of Danish cheer to your festivities and make this your happiest Christmas yet...
Get Crafty – In Denmark, we pride ourselves on something made well and with love and Christmas gives us all the opportunity to indulge our inner artist. Set aside a Sunday, stick the Christmas music on and spend an afternoon making decorations with the family. It will be an afternoon you will never forget and the decorations will become the most precious you own.
Try The Danish way – We know Christmas is all about tradition but try giving the celebrations a Scandinavian twist this year. Try swapping cranberry sauce for delicious ligonberries, using pine-scented candles around the house if you don’t have a real tree or just draping fairy lights everywhere you can to add a magical sparkle to the dark evenings.
Don’t Forget Christmas Eve – In Denmark, the party starts on Christmas Eve when families often attend church together then have a special meal with everyone they love. This year, try get all the chores done before the 24th and make it just as special as the day itself. Take the kids to a carol service, relax with a takeaway and a Christmas film or meet your oldest friends in the pub for a Carlsberg and long-overdue catch up.
Do Something Different – Don’t spend the whole of December stressing about shopping or moaning about the bad weather. Use it to your advantage instead and make some festive memories. Wrap up warm and go out for a long winter walk before treating everyone to a giant hot chocolate. Or stay cosy indoors, turn off the TV and dig out a board game the whole family can enjoy
Be The Host With The Most (Mince Pies) – Keep things casual and ask all your friends over for a night relaxing by the Christmas tree with a Carlsberg and a mince pie. If you fancy a Christmas night out instead, try a concert at your local O2 Academy rather than the same meal out you do every year. Gigs from The Charlatans, Scouting For Girls, Shed Seven and The Twang should make everyone merry.