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Mom's Danish Adventure

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

 Mom came to Denmark!!
  This Christmas, Mom came to visit for her first European adventure! 'twas quite a quick trip with her coming from December 15-19, but we squeezed in a lot in this time. And here's how it went! ...
Day 1
  At Mom's arrival early Saturday morning, Claus and I picked her up at the airport, stopping at the bakery to pick up the necessary Danish treats for her to try. These special breakfasts are always the best. Bread, honey, coffee... Yum. So we had a nice breakfast with the family before starting off on our site seeing. 
  First we went to see the Little Mermaid, got a little "lost" but that just allowed for more site seeing. Luckily, the snow at least stayed for the first day before melting away and being a bit gross for the rest of her trip. From the little mermaid, we walked to Nyhavn... A much longer walk than I remembered, and showed mom the infamous Copenhagen postcard scene. It was decorated really pretty for Christmas too and had some Carolers around. We grabbed a Fransk hotdog for a quick bite before heading to meet Maria at Christiania to check out the Christmas market. On the way in, we stopped in to check out Church of Our Savior, to find that they were having lessons and carols in a couple hours. So we went to Christiania for a little bit but the big market had a crazy big line that we didn't want to wait in. So we went on to the church for a beautiful service of Danish Christmas songs. We tried to sing along the best we could! This was probably my favorite part of the trip. I'd been missing the lessons and carols at Christ the King so this satisfied that a little! 
  After this lovely service, we went back to Nyhavn and had a super good meal at somewhere we can't remember the name of. Haha
My beautiful mama at Christiania,  the bus stop, some pretty church, and  some canal that's not Nyhavn.
Here's at Nyhavn... 

Day 2
  The next day, we went to a traditional church service at the family's church, where Christopher sang in a little thing honoring Saint Lucia. The kids in his class all came in with the girl in front wearing a candle head piece, and sang songs for this saint. After the service, we had æbleskivers, glögg, similar to the Swiss gluwein or mulled wine, and coffee, sang around the Christmas tree, and Santa came! Was pretty cool seeing these traditions. 
  After church, we went in to the city for some shopping and checking out the Royal Copenhagen shop. I also took her to Charlie Scott's! Charlie made us some delicious Irish coffee and we talked a lot. Well Charlie talked a lot! She, of course, did her motherly duties of telling my bartenders to look after me and keep her updated. 
Outside Virum Kirke! (Virum Church)
At Charlie's 
We had a lot of coffee, cakes, muffins, and flødeboller while she was here! Therefore, lots of cafe pictures! Haha
Day 3
  On Monday, we went to Tivoli to see their much talked about Christmas decorations. It was not a disappointment. We just walked around here, enjoyed the lights, shopped a little, and had a super ridiculously good, fattening waffle/ice cream delight... Chocolate covered waffle with coconut and ice cream on top. Insane. Then continued the eating theme and took her to my favorite Thai place. A Thai place in Ocala had become a mother-daughter tradition so I thought I'd continue in Copenhagen! 

  On one of the days, I gave her an introductory course to the bike culture and we cycled to Virum station. We had a really good laugh at a near fall that I almost got on camera! This was right before the crash!
Day 4
  On our last full day, we dubbed it our "royal day," with plans to tour the Rosenborg Slot and have afternoon tea at a very popular place in the city. Although the tea didn't work out since it's popularity prevented us from getting seats, the castle was a huge success. We really enjoyed everything in here, especially the queen's jewels. Instead of tea, we took a different route and had another Fransk hotdog instead. We did have some coffee and treats at Emmery's though, another great bakery, and got to see my favorite street performers, Concrete Orchestra! Love those guys. 
  We also tried to find the Royal Library but didn't have much luck there. So we just headed home and worked on Christmas presents, FaceTimed with friends and family, and cuddled in our Christmas pjs! :)
  On the last day, Mom was flying out at 12pm so we didn't have time to do much that day. I just took her to the airport and had some (MORE!) coffee before she had to catch her flight. It was soo nice having Mom come for Christmas. It had been the longest we'd gone without seeing each other so it was awesome she got to come, have her first European adventure, and spend Christmas with me. I told her it wouldn't have felt much like Christmas without some family time. We had lots of laughs, traditions, walking, firsts, food, and coffee! 
I had such a great time with my mama. 
Can't wait for the next visit with Mom and Dad (and whoever else comes along!) 
Vi ses, Mor!
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Something about December

Monday, December 10, 2012

   There really is  something about December that takes you back to so many memories that bring you joy and comfort. During this time, I keep being reminded of so many that I wanted to write down for whoever wants to read, but mainly for me to have forever. (Just in case I have some terrible memory loss, memories just fade, etc.) So here they are in superlative form!  
Most Musical
  Listening to the Amy Grant Christmas cd brought me back to so many great memories. I always loved decorating the tree with this cd playing, listening to dad play Christmas songs on the piano (especially while I was falling asleep in my bed), and playing songs together on the guitar. 
Best Mother-Daughter Tradition
  Another tradition I always looked forward to was Mom, Trudy, Amy and I going to the Nutcracker every year... Getting dressed up in our little Christmas dresses, watching this awesome ballet (I think it rivals the royal production), and going to see my friends backstage afterwards. It was always a treat going with them.
  One of the funniest Christmas memories was the year Mom and Dad pulled a little Christmas prank pretending like Dolly (the best dog ever for those that don't know) saved our Christmas from the Grinch's attempts to steal it (while I was in high school mind you). Was a funny, creative gig they pulled that year. I guess they were feeling the need to shake things up a bit. 
 Best Parties
  Ah, then there were the Christmas parties my parents hosted several years. These parties were amazing! I was in elementary school I think when they did them but they'd decorate the house wonderfully, have tons of delicious food, and so many great guests. It was a pretty impressive ordeal. (Mom, Dad, maybe you should try that again! Could be fun, eh?) 
 Most Beautiful
  This goes to our Christmas in Vail. With the prettiest Christmas village, snow, skiing, fireplaces, and family, this Christmas takes the cake. Was so beautiful. Still think about the pictures I'm missing from my camera I left on the plane. :(
 Most Treasured
  Last Christmas we got to spend it with Grandma Jeanne. For as long as I can remember, we've had the tradition of having our Christmas morning at home, going to Papa and Mimi's for lunch, then to the O'Connells for dinner. This year though, we went to Alabama and am so glad we did. We got to spend it with Grandma Jeanne and Grandpa Bill for the first time, and Stump, Linda, and the kids all came. Was such a good time, and even more memorable that it was our last Christmas with grandma. So grateful we got to make those memories. 

  Other random memory snippets are always having delicious Christmas egg casserole in the morning, driving around to look at Christmas lights, going to Lessons and Carols at church, Amy's Christmas parties, bonfires with the friends, baking lots of cookies, Christmas Eve punch, seeing Scrooge at Amy's church, and so much more. 
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Dancing, Royal Ballets, Snow and Cookies

That beautiful time of the year, with lights, decorations, candles, presents and that awesome Christmas spirit is here! I'm experiencing it in a different way than ever before... It's a dream-like Christmas in Copenhagen with lights all around the city, store windows filled with beautifully decorated displays and of course the snow-covered land. It's beyond beautiful. 
  This snow has just been unreal to me. When it first fell, I kept being surprised when in the corner of my eye I'd catch white stuff covering the ground outside. Cycling around, I felt like I was riding through one of Dad's Christmas villages he always sets up so nicely. Then while cleaning the other day, I kept having to stop and just watch it fall. Listening to Christmas music with this incredible snow falling outside made cleaning so much better. I just love it. Except when the snowflakes attack my eyes while cycling. That can suck.
             The first day it stayed on the ground, we all went outside and sledded around and had some snowball fights. Christopher and my snowball fight was an interesting one that just wound up being me standing completely still while he stood three feet away to throw the snowball at me. He was not happy if I ran or dodged. So, I surrendered and I let him have the snowball fight he wanted. 
  Oh, super fun new memory for the books... The other day while babysitting the little ones, I turned on the Christmas music (despite Christopher's extreme objection at first, preferring the tv) but I pressed on and he eventually caved to join the fun. Clara Louise and I just danced and danced, all around the room. She never wanted me to put her down so I just held her to dance. We waltzed and bounced and spun and swayed to the Christmas music turned hip hop on the radio. It was an interesting transition. 
  Yesterday, Maria and I went to the city in hopes to get some Christmas shopping done before seeing Tornerose (Sleeping Beauty) at the Royal Theater. We didn't exactly get what we came for but we at least came up with our ideas, got coffee and (THREE!) cakes, and I got the sparkly something I wanted for New Years! :) Come five o'clock, we were ready for the ballet to start. It was at the Gamle Scene (the old theater) and was beautiful inside. The costumes and sets were amazing too. Unfortunately though, we were a bit underwhelmed by the ballet performance. I think we were just expecting more from a royal ballet. But, that's certainly not to say it was bad. It was definitely still a good ballet and a great experience. Surely I'll be back to see another ballet there while I'm here. 
  Today we spent the day with Lotte's family having æbleskivers, a very popular Danish Christmas tradition that's little balls similar to pancakes that you dip in powdered sugar and jam. Following this tasty treat, everyone assisted in the cookie making... Which was quite the process involving a crazy attachment to the mixer (similar to the ones you'd squeeze playdough through if anyone remembers those!), where it made the dough come out in long, starlike rows that we cut and shaped like wreaths. They taste and look just like those in the tins with all those shortbread cookies. Then we made some really good coconut cookies as well. 
  It's been so nice getting to experience Christmas in a different country and learn the traditions they know and love. 
Til next time, folks!
But not before checking out these awesome pictures :) 
First snow
Woke up to this view :)
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