12 December: "It is pretty when the trees are covered in lights"

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Nadia Aitelhadj, cleaning-staff at BSS, is from Algeria. She loves the Christmas decorations and lights.

2019.12.12 | Anna Bech Sørensen

Graphics: Astrid Reitzel

The Omnibus Advent Calendar:

The Advent calendar is a treasured Danish Christmas tradition. In many families, kids get to open a small gift each day all December until Christmas Eve, when Christmas is celebrated.

Our small holiday gift to you is a chance to meet one of AU’s many international students and employees every day until Christmas.

All 24 will share where they’re spending Christmas this year, their favorite (and least favorite) Christmas traditions from their home countries,  and what’s most annoying – or surprising – about Christmas in Denmark.

 

How are you going to celebrate Christmas this year?

I don’t celebrate Christmas.

I’ve spent some Christmasses with some of my family that lives in France. But we have a Christmas lunch at work, and it’s always really nice, with plenty of good food. Especially the risalamand (rice pudding with slivered almonds and cherry sauce, ed.).

What is the best/worst Christmas tradition from your home country?

We’re Muslims and so we don’t celebrate Christmas. But there are some Christians in Algeria who celebrate Christmas.

What do you think is most annoying about Danish Christmas?

 

I don’t think there’s anything annoying about Danish Christmas. But at Christmas, Danes eat all the time, and most of them love presents. I also think it’s very pretty when the Christmas trees are decorated and the trees outside are covered in lights – because it’s so dark in December.

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The Omnibus Advent Calendar:

The Advent calendar is a treasured Danish Christmas tradition. In many families, kids get to open a small gift each day all December until Christmas Eve, when Christmas is celebrated.

Our small holiday gift to you is a chance to meet one of AU’s many international students and employees every day until Christmas.

All 24 will share where they’re spending Christmas this year, their favorite (and least favorite) Christmas traditions from their home countries,  and what’s most annoying – or surprising – about Christmas in Denmark.

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