16 December: Everyone is happy and enjoying their time together

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Deqa Ali is from Somalia and a part of the cleaning-staff at Aarhus BSS. She does not celebrating Christmas, but loves the Christmas holiday.

2019.12.16 | 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. But I do love the Christmas holiday. We go around and visit friends and family. It’s nice, Christmas in Denmark. Everyone is happy and enjoying their time together.

What do you think is most annoying about Danish Christmas?

It’s a bit weird bringing a tree into your living room only to throw it out again after Christmas Eve. A tree like that costs a lot of money. But other than that, I think Christmas in Denmark is lovely. The city is beautiful and the food is good. My children love æbleskiver (ball-shaped pancakes served with strawberry jam and powdered sugar, ed.). They want them as soon as the stores start selling them.

-  Kirismas Wacan!

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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