Looking back on Danish Christmas…

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January 2, 2013 by Matt

Christmas is often as busy a time of year as any, so as you may have noticed I didn’t spend much time sitting in front of the computer writing. So rather than go in to great detail about what I got up to on my first Danish Christmas proper, I thought a photo gallery might work out best.

Below you’ll find a pretty good visual representation of Christmas here, and hopefully that will give an impression of warmth and happiness, because that’s certainly how it felt. Some of the photos below could do with some explanation probably, so…

There’s my brand new, second hand Bang & Olufsen Beogram 1500 turntable from my sister-in-law. Another wonderful Charlie Brown record from my wife, bought with the usual excellent help from the guys at Sound Station. A small selection of some of the Christmas brews I’ve tried over the past month or so (that lot consumed with the help of our friends Eric & Cecelia). The Julens Sange book that I sang hymns out of at my mother and father-in-law’s on the 24th, the highlight of the Christmas calendar here (yes, they actually do sing songs at home here, and you know what, it’s a pretty nice thing to do after a big meal and lots of wine). The bottle of vintage port that my father-in-law pulled out of somewhere to make the occasion feel even more special. The SAS Service Partner cookbook – my father-in-law used to work for the catering company for SAS, and still refers to this retro gem every Christmas. And some more presents – the new How To Be Danish book by British journalist Patrick Kingsley, which is a topical and enjoyable read so far, that’s for sure. Denmark’s sole entry into the 300 Beers To Try Before You Die book, the Carlsberg Porter. And finally, my first book in Danish, a comic book about the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg, in half Danish (translated for the German characters) and English (for when the English characters are speaking).

Sorry, lots of words for what was meant to be a picture post. Enjoy the shots and happy new year to you all!

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