This weekend two designer friends Louise Gaarmann, Tina Ratzer and I threw a "julestue" (directly translated: "christmas livingroom") which is sort of a Christmas market with things to buy and stuff to snack on-- but in my apartment and not in a local store.
It was an experiment and I was biting my teeth beforehand.
Would people steal my own stuff? Would their kids pee in the kitchen oven? Would anyone even show up?
Luckily it all went super well. We decorated my apartment with all our stuff; ceramics, books, plaids, cups, shirts, lamps, pillows etc.
I even imported a fabulous white fake German Christmas tree from a professional decor webshop in Berlin.
In Scandinavia we like it simple and naturific, so I designed a range of wooden Christmas owl ornaments for the tree.
In Denmark around Christmas, it's tradition to eat æbleskiver (panpake puffs) and drink gløgg (mulled wine). It's such a heavy tradition that by mid-December you'd rather ride naked on a reindeer through a mall than inhale more æbleskive and gløgg. On the other hand, if you visit friends or go to a Christmas event and there's no gløgg, something feels off.
Gløgg is mulled wine-- warm and spiced, perfect for calming the holiday stress in the middle of the day.
We bought a heapful of Santa's Gløgg as we didn't have time to mix and spice up our own pot.
It's affordable and it has a sweet spicy taste.
You mix it up with Gløgg Mix - a bag of cut up almonds, raisins and spices.
Hot pot of Santa juice!
Looks like "gulvspand" (floor bucket - a Danish party tradition among teens to bring whatever alcohol you find in your parent's locker, mix it all together in a bucket and get your drank on).
The gløgg is served.
With a fork so you can dig out the goodies in the bottom (!)
According to Wiki, æbleskiver are"traditional Danish pancakes in a distinctive shape of a sphere".
And in the oven they go. It's not superhard to make your own batch, but you need special tools. Their shape actually remind me of Japanese takoyaki, although these balls don't taste like octopus. Rather they taste like sweet dough and nothing else.
Which is why you need raspberry jam and powdered sugar (both in my much loved Japanese bowls).
Fluffy puffy balls!
Oranges and tangerines are also part of the holiday food scene. And no, I'm not serving molded fruit, it's just the colour of the peel.
My mum came by and baked up a batch of brunkager (ginger biscuits/ginger snaps), also very x-massy.
The M&M center piece made them less classy-- but they tasted better.
Not all was in name of tradition this weekend. Our friend Celeste showed up with homemade raw food brownies!
Dates, coconut oil, raw cocoa, Goji berries, dried blueberries, dried cranberries.
Dates, coconut oil, raw cocoa, pecan nuts, rolled in raw cocoa.
Prunes, raw cocoa, coconut oil, pecan nuts, dried coconut.
In order for everyone to taste the goods, a plate was placed in the living room with cut out bites.
Notice the 1982 Danish countryside farm scenery.
She sold them on Danish vintage Christmas ceramic plates wrapped as a gift.
This plate is not intended for God however, it's part of the sentence "god jul" = happy holidays. Nothing is intended for God in this home, I tell ya.
Four cute raw brownies.
Ew, my apartment now looks and smells like Santa's bathroom: dirty, messy and with the sweet stench of kids pee and Christmas wine spillage.