My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 14 December

Welcome to My Danish Christmas Advent
! Join me every day in opening a new door. I’ve got
a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes,
traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… So sit back,
relax and enjoy!


If you live in Denmark, you’ll know that beer and sodas are sold in glass
bottles. There’s a deposit system on most of the bottles – so don’t throw your
money away by throwing them into the recycling containers! (Tin cans also have
a deposit on them, so you need to be careful with those too.) Beer is called
øl. Christmas beer is called juleøl or julebryg
‘Yule brew’).

Here’s a basket of beer that I always buy for my Dad at Christmas. It’s an
‘advent calendar’. Twenty-four different bottles of Danish Christmas beer.
One for every day of December… :)

24 bottles of Danish Christmas beer. Hic!

At traditional Danish lunches where we eat ryebread with lots of toppings,
beer and snaps – and which can literally last for hours on end – you’ll see lots
(and lots…) of beer or soda/soft drink bottles on the table. Now you can, of
course, just plonk the bottles on the table. But in my family, we like to add a
little bit of extra flair… ;)

How about putting an apron on your bottles? My DDDMIL
(Dearly-Departed-Dear-Danish-Mother-in-Law) made me a whole set of these in
different Christmas fabrics. Kitsch but quaint!

Snaps and beer – a match made in heaven!

And the kids and I turned these beer bottles into reindeers! (Also a great
way to decorate bottles that you’re giving to an uncle, colleague, etc.)

Yo ho ho with a bottle of Xmas beer!

Hmmmm, I think that calls for a Tuborg? Skål og glædelig jul!

And don’t forget to check back here tomorrow when we open the next door!

Diane :)