Thursday, February 3, 2011

Christmas in Denmark

 The Danish people love to have Julefrokost or Christmas lunch - this Julefrokost was at our center and it was for the people who work for the church in translation, physical facilities and mission office.
 We were invited to share Christmas eve with the Andersen family (our Danish mission President) and here is the beautiful Christmas tree with real candles and the tree is lit below - it was like a fairyland Christmas tree.

 The Danish tradition is to join hands and dance around the tree singing Danish Christmas songs.  This is President and sister Andersen and their three daughters - Hanna, Elisabeth and Louise.  After we danced around the tree we continues dancing and singing throughout the house.  We ended up back by the tree where the presents were opened.  We really enjoyed our Danish Christmas with the Andersens.
 Christmas is the day the young missionaries can call home - this is Sister Reschke using our computer to call her family on Skype.  We also enjoyed calling our wonderful children and grandchildren on Christmas - but of course we don't have the same rules as the young missionaries and we get to call home anytime we want.
 This the the huge pile of snow outside the door to the mission office.  I don't think it would have ever melted if they hadn't come with a big truck and hauled the snow away.
 We are used to seeing cars covered with snow - but bikes!  Believe it or not, the Danes still ride their bikes to work and everywhere even with lots of snow.
 The mission had a Christmas get-together after Christmas and in this picture some elders and sisters are competing to see who can eat the sting of candy the fastest.
 This is also from the Christmas party - the missionaries are having a relay and they have to put a dune (Danish down comforters) cover on the quickest.
Here we are with President and Sister Andersen - we really enjoy working with the Andersens.

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