It has been a while since my previous post. I guess I have been too busy with all this Christmas-must-do-stuff, which seems to sneak in every season. Nevertheless, this is my favourite holiday, so I really enjoy spending time on all this happy things to please my family, my closest friends and myself. Even if it must take time from something else that I normally do – like blogposting. 🙂
Anyway, Christmas does not stop fun to come for free. In my neighbourhood I spent the first Sunday in the Advent lighting up the Christmas tree. Or rather, I was witnessing someone else doing it … you will never guess who?
No, that’s not him. This nice gentleman is Jens Sirich who is one of key promoters of the local (and free) Christmas Street Party. For many years, there have been no big Christmas tree for the public to enjoy in Copenhagen East, but this year the chamber of commerce decided on a homecoming tree in the middle of Trianglen (much busy square). Jens Sirich had the pleasure of welcoming everyone with the words: “It’s Christmas – let’s party!”
No Christmas-party without Christmas carols. Since Jens Sirich is also the owner of Trianglen Atikvariat or – as he likes to call it: “Cultural Supply of Copenhagen East” – he made sure that culture was present at Trianglen this cold afternoon in December. Actress Ann Hjort sang well known songs of Christmas to children and adults in company with accordion player Øjvind. Of course Ann has dressed herself with a pixy hat … however; the adults in the crowd were most likely to remember her most famous role as pixy-girl Puk in national television’s much beloved daily show “Nissebanden i Grønland” during Christmas 1989.
The spirit went high as the tunes of “Rudolp, the rednosed reindeer” turned into Danish classics as “På loften sidder nissen” and “Søren Banjomus”. Actually, it could be rather difficult to keep track on songs, dancing and Christmas goodies all at one time. Extra hands would have been useful, also for this lady who must press her thumb into one of these lovely small cakes of batter, which are so common to serve during Danish Christmas. Simply to stop it rolling on the floor when dancing …
It did happen to an unfortunate child!
The old building at Trianglen with its’ characteristic logo from a Danish tabloid paper B.T. has seen a lot as years has passed by. Has it ever witnessed Santa Claus himself landing on the square? Now was the time for this to happen. But without snow it is too difficult to land a sleigh, so the poor Santa had to walk the last few blocks to meet the happy children on the square.
Luckily, waiting is sweet – especially when it is heated up with coffee and glühwein. And goodies for free. Reaching all ages.
A young mother looks “not-at-all-convinced” when her five-year-old son tells her with a BIIIIG smile that the cakes of batter are free. Really? Oh, yes. They were …
Finally, Santa Claus arrives. The children were all very excited, and the same was Santa as he told a curious Ann Hjort. Would he be able to light the candles of the new homecoming tree? And even a few minutes before scheduled?
Well, of he was. After all, he is Santa. With all the Christmas light glowing, Ann had the idea of practicing a tour around the Christmas tree with one last carol, before the children had their free goodiebacks.
I am sure; I am not the only one with such nice decorations in my neighbourhood. Take your time to have closer look at yours and let this happy, peaceful spirit creep in – for free.
It’s Christmas. Take a moment to relax and enjoy 🙂