My first Christmas in Denmark was in December 2008; it was also the first year I was introduced to the "Julekalender". In fact I wrote a blog about it here: EVERY NIGHT IN DECEMBER. It is one of those very "local" kinds of things that most outsiders will think is quite goofy; well, actually some locals think it is quite goofy! However, I freaking love it!!
I watched it faithfully every evening in December 2008 and so last year when December 1st rolled around, I told Mads I was so excited to see the Julekalender again! For one thing, my Danish was a year-older so I could understand it better, but also because I thought it could maybe become one of my new "Danish Christmas traditions". However, Mads SADLY informed me that it only comes on EVERY OTHER CHRISTMAS season! So you can imagine my anticipation for the arrival of December 2010!
There are two parts to each episode of the Julekalender---one is the story of Gertrude and Oluf Sands. We follow her obsession of putting up the Christmas decorations in their house and his frustration with her! The other story is of 3 Nisse-men, Hansi, Gynther and Frits who speak a little like me--- in a fantastic English/Danish Mix! I remember laughing at these 3 guys the entire month in 2008 as I read the Danish subtitles (since I could not really understand everything that well). However now I can honestly say that I can FULLY enjoy these goofy characters because I "get" what they are saying so much better now! Sounds silly, but it's a small victory as I can actually see proof of my language development!
Here is the song the Nisse-men sang tonight... and even if you don't know Danish, it will not matter...
It really is quite funny!
I borrowed the Julekalender dvds from my friend, May-Lin, last year so I think I will need to buy my own set so that I can watch them in the "odd" years when it does not come on!
I don't like risalamande or flæskesteg or rødkål or any of those other traditional Danish Christmas foods, but I DO like the Julekalender and think it makes a great addition to my Christmas traditions!