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12-14-2021

Christmas Eve - "Juleaften"

In Denmark, Christmas Eve is celebrated on December 24th. Traditionally, this includes eating Christmas dinner on Christmas eve, dancing (or more like walking) around the tree, singing Christmas carols, while holding hands, and afterwards opening presents. You might have cut down your own tree, transported it back home or bought it already cut down. You decorate the tree with Christmas bulbs and candles (and yes, these are real candles). 

Christmas eve is followed by the Christmas days, where many Danes visit their relatives or friends for a traditional Christmas lunch and play a game of “Pakkeleg”. A game where everybody brings a small gift, which is placed in the middle of the table. Then in the first round, everybody takes turns rolling dice, hoping for a six because that means you can take a present. The second round is about stealing presents from the others. The game where your family and friends become your enemy. 

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