Photographer's Note

There are so many marvellous aspects of Christmas in Denmark, and one of the highest on my list, that I want to highlight today, is a kind of Christmas market called julestue (directly Christmas room). Originally, a julestue was a rural gathering, where young people would dance, play games and drink strong, dark Christmas beer. Nowadays it is a Christmas event made for friends and family with the purpose of having a cozy time together and all the important elements of a Danish Christmas – good food, warm hospitality and flickering candles – will be a part of this event. One could almost call it a workshop, this tradition which is more than 500 years old, originally made to keep folks awake before the midnight mass.
The photo shows a gentleman in a Father Christmas costume. He was supposed to welcome the guests who found the way to an old farm house near Nordborg on the island of Als where the julestue took place.

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