Monday, 24 December 2012

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone
First of all, these last few days have been quite busy so i have not had a chance to post.

I hope everyone is having an amazing Christmas form us here in Denmark!
So lets start this post form back on Thursday evening.

On Thursday evening the school had their Christmas dinner. Everyone got dressed up and met in the dining hall at around 6pm. We started the evening with a delicious dinner of pork and crackling, followed by the traditional rice pudding. Hidden in each bowl of rice pudding is a whole almond, if you found the almond you would receive a prize.
We then played banko (the Danish version of bingo). Played with exactly the same rules. I did manage to win a prize in this game which turned out to be a bag of corn chips.
We then played a game to decide who would end up in the kitchen. There were two plastic cups with a die in each one, when you rolled a 6 you could pass the cup on to the next person, when the to cups caught up to each other that person would be sent to the kitchen. However only two people could be in the kitchen at one time, so our group ended up doing no cleaning at all because we had to keep swapping.
After the cleaning was done we had tea and biscuits and headed down to the gym to dance around the christmas tree singing a traditional Danish song. We then ran around the house, everyones hands linked, up and down stairs, and then back to the gym. We then headed up to bed.

Our Christmas dinner table.

Our delicious Christmas dinner. 

Make your own snow! You mix the crystals with hot water and it makes snow!!!

On friday morning, at around 8, ,we dressed in our warmest clothes and set off down to the local church for a christmas service, in hand torches of fire to light our way. (yes it was still dark)
The service was quite quick and involved a lot of singing in Danish. 

When we arrived back at the school the rest of the day was spent cleaning.
We then caught the bus bus back to Copenhagen, and had a very early night.  

On Saturday we spent most of the day in town shopping for late Christmas gifts. We were having an early Christmas eve (as well as our actual one) so that we could celebrate it with her two eldest brothers.

In the City.

The citys Christmas lights.

Christmas trees.

When we got back from the shops that evening a Christmas tree was sitting in the lounge room waiting for us to decorate it.

Our Christmas tree.

Nina putting decorations on the Christmas tree.

An Australian decoration on a Danish Christmas tree. 

When Ninas older brothers arrived we sat down to a traditional Christmas dinner of rice pudding with cinnamon and sugar followed by a game very much like the one we played on thursday night, but a little bit different. 
There were wrapped gifts in the middle of the table and we sat around it. A cup with a die is passed around the table. When you roll a six you can choose a present form the table. If you roll a 1 everyone passes their gifts to the right. When all the gifts are gone form the middle one person sets a timer 
(of a time that only they know) and we continue playing, but when a 6 is rolled you can choose to take a gift from anybody sitting around the table, and when the timer stops you get to keep the gift you have in front of you. I ended up with a build your own truck kit. 

We then progressed to opening presents, and then spent the rest of the evening talking, and watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, before heading to bed at around 12pm. 

Yesterday was Sunday and we spent the day at Nina's aunts birthday, and it started snowing! There was a massive snow storm, and I really hoped we would have a white Christmas. 
Sadly when we awoke this morning it was 5 degrees and most of the snow had melted. 

Todays has been a very relaxed day. In Denmark Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve, so we are getting ready for our celebrations.  
So i'll let you know what we do tomorrow 

So I hope everyone back home has a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
And i will update you all tomorrow. 

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