6 December: The first time, I danced around the Christmas tree I just thought: ‘What?’

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Nuri Faarup is part of the cleaning-staff at Aarhus BSS. She is from Indonesia where Christians celebrate Christmas on 25 December. She describes Danes as very traditional when it comes to Christmas – it has to be done the same way every year.

2019.12.06 | 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 will have a traditional Danish Christmas with my husband’s family. We are going to a holiday cottage on Sealand where there will be a Christmas tree, presents, lots of food, and where our children can have fun with their cousins. I will bring the duck, and some of the others will bring the roast pork.

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

In Indonesia, Christians celebrate Christmas on 25 December. Unlike in Denmark, most people have Christmas trees made of plastic. There’s also lots of food – for example, rice balls, chicken and lamb.

What do you think is most annoying about Danish Christmas?

You always end up spending a lot of money on presents. Danes are also very traditional – it has to be done the same way every year. The first time, I danced around the Christmas tree I just thought: ‘What?’ But now I think it’s fun.

- Selamat Hari Natal

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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