Welcome to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Join me every day in opening a new door. Just like last year, 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!
It’s the third Sunday of Advent and my daughter has a friend over to play today – and they’ve just asked me for some pebernødder (“pepper nut” ) biscuits because they’re going to play the game of Mus! “Mouse!”
Yes, as I told you when we made pebernødder a few days ago (the recipe is here), Danish kids use them for a Christmas game…
First of all, line up some pebernødder in a row. Yikes – our homemade ones went fast! Good job that I have some shop-bought ones in the larder!
Okay, so you line up some pebernødder in a row. Five is a good number to start with.
The first player decides which pebernød is going to be the mus or “mouse”. Keep it a secret from your opponent!
Player 2 starts eating pebernødder. One at a time. Slowly.
But if they pick up the one you earmarked, you shout out ”Mus!” and they have to stop eating. And that’s the end of their turn – ha!
Then you line up more pebernødder – so you have five in total again – on the table, Player 2 decides which one is “Mus” and it’s Player 1′s turn to start eating. And you keep taking turns until a) you run out of pebernødder or b) you get sick of eating pebernødder… If you don’t feel you can trust each other (hmmm, siblings, anyone?), then you can cross off your ‘Mus‘ on a piece of paper before your start, so you have proof!
Now be careful not to go overboard on the pebernødder or you won’t be able to eat your dinner! And don’t forget to check back here tomorrow when we open the next door!