Different Countries, different Christmas Traditions

EASI’R’s international team shares their different christmas traditions!

Christmas is close and here in the office, everyone is making plans to go home and celebrate with their families. As an international company, we have employees from all over Europe so we thought it would be a nice idea to let them share their respective christmas traditions with us.

wmathiasDENMARK: Mathias Brix, EASI’R Business Consultant 

In Denmark, christmas is one of the most sacred holidays of the calendar year. The reason for this is that the danish “hygge” is heavily enforced during the period. One tradition, which I believe to be very danish, is that we dance around the christmas tree on christmas eve before opening our presents. Another tradition is having a “nisser” in our homes, a sort of leprechaun, whom we must keep happy with “risengrød” (a sweet rice dish). Otherwise, they will play tricks on us!

wiasminaROMANIA: Iasmina Puschila, Frontend Developer 

On Christmas eve, children in Romania go out carol singing from house to house. They get sweets, fruit, and money from the neighbours, and it is considered good luck to let carol singers in. Also, in the villages, carol singer groups are often accompanied by a man dressed up as a goat, who dances around and gets into mischief!

wmareikeGERMANY: Mareike Roder, PR Manager at EASI’R

Very important for Christmas in Germany is the decoration of the christmas tree. The evening before christmas eve, the tree is decorated by the whole family with colorful christmas balls, with wooden toys, with lametta and candles. In a lot of families, children are not supposed to see the illuminated tree before christmas eve arrives, this is supposed to be a surprise for the “Beschehrung” – the time on the 24th December when everyone finds their presents under the christmas tree.

wmartaPOLAND: Marta Okulicz, Graphic Designer at EASI’R
The traditional Polish Christmas eve dinner should consist of 12 meals which are meant to bring you good luck for the next 12 months. Such a feast! However, no one can start eating until the first star appears on the sky.

wherveFRANCE: Hervé Soursou, VP of Channel Sales 

In France, the Christmas days are really the holidays of overeating – maybe more than in other countries. Early on Christmas eve, dining begins and we eat for several hours, until midnight and later! We are having several courses, starting with seafood (oysters) followed by different sorts of meat, cheese, salads and the traditional dessert “Omelette Norvégienne” (=Norwegian omelette) which is an ice cream cake, topped with meringue that is being flambéed. No one in Norway has ever heard of this dessert but it cannot be missing at any French christmas dinner. The next day, at lunch, the next big menu waits …