It can be argued that no one celebrates Christmas quite like the Danish. In Denmark, Christmas celebrations last for the month of December, with traditions and activities that inspire the Christmas spirit. This December, the Global Education Office brought some of these traditions to the campus community with the help of three exchange students form the College’s partner university, Business Academy Aarhus in Denmark.
Trine Mortensen, Daniel Pedersen and Heidi Wolf shared some of their traditions with CHC, beginning with a fun and informative presentation about Christmas Denmark, comparing and contrasting those traditions to some found in the United States.
Central to a true Danish Christmas (observed on December 24) is the feeling of hygge (pronounced hooga). The students explained that hygge cannot be directly translated, but in essence, it is a feeling of coziness, and is central to a true Danish Christmas experience, permeating all aspects of Danish culture and of their Christmas celebrations.
An event hosted by the Global Education Office would not be complete without delicious homemade treats, and this event did not disappoint. Guests enjoyed marzipan cookies, butter cookies and homemade warm rice pudding. The Danish students also provided hot chocolate with homemade whipped cream.
The presentation concluded with a sing-a-long of Danish Christmas carols and dancing around the Christmas tree, filling the room with joy and hygge.
Global Education Counselor