It's the Eve of Christmas and in my small Nordic country, the holiday celebrations happen all day today.
It is Danish tradition that gifts are opened and shared tonight.
The Long Long DayOf course, gift opening doesn't happen until after an – in the eyes of children – excruciatingly long day. This day is filled with relaxed time with ones loved ones. Things such as mulled wine, fruits, and baked goodies are partaken of until it's time to eat (!) Christmas dinner.
This year my family will be enjoying roast duck (for the meat eaters) and roast stuffed squash and mushroom (for the veggie-eaters).
Dessert is the traditional rice á la amande (almond rice pudding) with cherry sauce. In one of the servings a whole almond is placed, and the person who finds it in their portion wins the almond prize.
After dinner, singing and dancing around the Christmas tree commences, and when everyone has sung and danced through the beloved traditional songs, gifts are passed out and opened.
Have a lovely day, I'm off for some family time!